Born in 1829, Edward King served successively as assistant curate of Wheatley (Oxford), chaplain of Cuddesdon Theological College, principal of Cuddesdon, Regius Professor of Pastoral Theology at Oxford, and finally as Bishop of Lincoln (from 1885 until his death). A man of personal holiness and pastoral zeal, he is most remembered for his teaching on the pastoral duties and spiritual life of the clergy, exemplified in his fatherly care of individuals, both as priest and bishop. In his moral and pastoral theology he was much influenced by the work of the German Jesuit theologian Johann Michael Sailer. King was a Tractarian High Churchman, a member of the Church Union, and a friend of Edward Bouverie Pusey and H. P. Liddon. In 1888 a charges were brought against him by the Church Association for certain catholic liturgical practices, though the ecclesiastical court of Dr E. W. Benson, the Archbishop of Canterbury, decided the case substantially in King’s favor in 1890. By his saintliness of character and unsparing devotion to his episcopal ministry, King won the affection and reverence of all classes of people.
adapted from The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Heavenly Father, Shepherd of your people, we thank you for your servant Edward King, who was faithful in the care and nurture of your flock; and we pray that, following his example and the teaching of his holy life, we may by your grace grow into the stature of the fullness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln, is commemorated in the calendars of the Anglican Church of Canada and the Church of England. A longer biographical sketch may be found here.
The image of Bishop King is © the Revd Dr Allan Barton and is used here with his kind permission.