The Rt. Rev. Howard Kingsley Ainsworth Gregory was consecrated as the 14th Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands on May 17, 2012 in the Cathedral of St. Jago de la Vega, Spanish Town. He was elected at a Special Synod of the Church on March 27, 2012, and succeeds the Rt. Rev. Alfred C. Reid, who retired on December 31, 2011.
Prior to his election as Lord Bishop, Bishop Gregory served as Suffragan Bishop of Montego Bay for 10 years. His pastoral journey began in 1973 when he was ordained a Deacon, and he entered the priesthood in 1974.
His first appointment was that of Anglican Chaplain of the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies. He later served as Chaplain and Lecturer at the Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville from 1978-80. He was appointed Acting Anglican Warden and Tutor at the United Theological College of the West Indies in 1980, and served concurrently as Priest-in-charge of the Golden Grove Cure. Returning from study leave in 1986, he was appointed Anglican Tutor and Lecturer in Pastoral Care and Counselling. In 1987 he was promoted to the position of Deputy President of the UTCWI. In 1990 he was appointed President of the College and served in that capacity until 2002 when he was elected Suffragan Bishop of Montego Bay.
Bishop Gregory holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology, the Diploma in Ministerial Studies and a Diploma in Education from the University of the West Indies. In addition, he holds a Master of Sacred Theology degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, a Doctor of Sacred Theology from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, and a Master in Business Administration from the Graduate Theological Foundation in South Bend, Indiana.
Bishop Gregory has been conferred with the Doctor of Divinity degree (honoris causa), by the Graduate Theological Foundation and the Virginia Theological Seminary, respectively.
He is married and has one daughter.