Welcome to my website. I am Professor John Kersey, educationalist, musician and Anglican clergyman. I work internationally, leading a group of private-sector educational organizations at the university level that offer bespoke professional education for high achievers, as well as maintaining a busy consultancy in my specialism of comparative international education, chiefly for the benefit of law firms in the United States preparing immigration petitions.
Alongside these commitments, I am an award-winning concert pianist, having founded my own niche recording label which now features over one hundred world premiere CD recordings of piano music of the Romantic era, including the first ever recording of a rediscovered Beethoven piano sonata.
Following eighteen years of lay service in the Church, I undertook ministerial training and was ordained as a non-stipendiary minister in 2006. Since 2008, I have been a senior clergyman in the Apostolic Episcopal Church, one of the older “continuing” Anglican communions, and in 2015 succeeded as that church’s fifth Primate and Presiding Bishop.
I also maintain professional interests in several specialist areas of law, and work on a consultancy basis as an independent legal assistant undertaking non-reserved legal activities. As a paralegal, I have worked in and alongside law firms for more than twenty years.
I combine this diverse and demanding portfolio of professional and vocational commitments with several wide-ranging avocations, including but not limited to the study of Western esotericism, new country projects, and speaking and writing on matters affecting our society and culture from a traditionalist perspective.
More information about each of these aspects of my life can be found at these links:
Born in Enfield, North London, I attended The Latymer School, Edmonton (at that time the top co-educational grammar school in the country), where I was a Latymer Foundation Music Scholar and eleven times school prizewinner. Aged fourteen, I won a Local Authority Junior Exhibition Award to the Royal College of Music, London (RCM), where I studied piano. Here, I graduated with First Class Honours in the Bachelor of Music degree as the top pianist of my year and was the winner of twelve prizes and awards. After graduate study at the RCM (resulting in the award of the degree of Master of Music in Performance Studies: Applied Research) and Christ’s College, Cambridge (Bachelor of Arts status, subsequently Master of Arts status), I was elected to a Junior Fellowship at the RCM, and as a result was presented to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.
My subsequent education has mostly been undertaken in the international programmes of overseas universities, where I have studied via distance learning. I earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Universidad Empresarial de Costa Rica, and a Doctorate (PhD) in Humanities (predominantly Law and Business Administration) from the International Program of the Universidad San Juan de la Cruz, Costa Rica. I additionally hold a Doctorate in Education with specialization in Higher Education from the former Universidad International in Panama, and a further Doctorate in Humanities in History from the Universidad Empresarial de Costa Rica, for which my thesis was on the British Old Catholic Archbishop Arnold Harris Mathew (1852-1919). I also hold several academic awards and degrees in the area of theology and religious studies, and in 2015 was awarded the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology honoris causa by the Apostolic Episcopal Church (under the degree-awarding powers granted to the Church by the State of New York, USA.)