Rev Canon Dr John Benson was the main guest speaker at the “2017 Clergy Annual Retreat” and the “Lay Ministers Leadership Training”. John Benson grew up in Wallasey in the north-west of England. He went on to study Natural Sciences in Cambridge and completed a PhD in the Department of Metallurgy. After a period of post-doctoral research he went on to theological studies at Trinity College in Bristol. It was there that he met his wife Anita and they were married in Singapore in 1980. John and Anita now have two daughters and four young grandchildren.
After ordination in 1981, John served two curacies in England. In 1987 the family moved to Singapore where John became the Vicar of St George’s Church. This role was expanded with responsibilities in training lay leaders and clergy. In 1993 he was also made the first Dean of Cambodia, charged with leading a church-planting team in a country that had recently re-opened to Christian ministry.
He left St George’s Church in 1995 to concentrate more fully on his roles as Dean of Cambodia and Director of Training for the Diocese of Singapore. This work continued until 2001, with additional responsibilities at times in various parishes and as the Dean of Laos. In 2001, he became the Vicar of Chapel of the Resurrection.
Canon John retired in 2007 due to health problems. In 2009, John and Anita moved back to live in England in Chester. He has an active retirement with continued involvement in preaching, teaching, training and mentoring clergy. He is currently working on a long-term writing project exploring issues of healing and suffering.