A Criss-Crossed Life

A Criss-Crossed Life

By John Knight


A Criss-Crossed Life, unlike his earlier autobiographical writings in Rain in a Dry Land and To Reign or Not to Reign, is the significantly eventful 80 year link that the Author has had during his life and ministry specifically with Nuns and Monks.  It tells of many touching and amusing incidents, as well as recording the considerable influence they have had on his life.  It also brings to light so many wonderful incidents in his life that have not been revealed before.


John Knight was born in 1936 in Cornwall and emigrated to Southern Rhodesia as an infant.  Completing his schooling in South Africa, he then attended Leeds University and Mirfield Theological College from 1956 to 1961.


On returning to Southern Rhodesia, he was ordained and for the next 25 years held a number of ministry appointments, including 7 years as Administrator of over 300 Church Primary Schools, before given the role of setting up the new Diocese of Manicaland and appointed as Dean of Mutare Cathedral.  He served here for a number of years before being forced to leave his homeland by the Mugabe regime at the age of 50.


For the next 31 years he served in the Peterborough Diocese before retiring at the age of 81.  In 2016 he received the gift of Maundy Money from her Majesty the Queen for services to Church and Community, and in 2019 was presented with the Alphege Award for a lifetime of Evangelism and Witness by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace.