David Lawrence EdwardsOBE (20 January 1929 – 25 April 2018) was an Anglicanpriest, scholar and church historian. He served as the Dean of Norwich, Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sub-Dean at Westminster Abbey and Provost of Southwark, and was a prolific author.
Edwards was elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, for a seven-year period from 1952 to 1959. He spent the academic year of 1953–54 studying at Westcott House, Cambridge, and was ordained deacon in 1954. He served as a tutor at Westcott House (1954–55) and he was ordained priest in 1955.
In 1955 Edwards began his ordained ministry as an assistant curate at St John’s, Hampstead, and also began his work with the Student Christian Movement as its secretary, remaining in both positions until 1958.
Edwards was a canon of Westminster Abbey and the rector of St Margaret’s, Westminster (1970–78). He was additionally Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons (1972–78) and Sub-Dean of Westminster Abbey (1974–78). He was Chairman of the Churches’ Council on Gambling (1970–78) and of Christian Aid (1971–78). He was the Dean of Norwich from 1978 to 1983 and the Provost of Southwark from 1983 to 1994.
Edwards was for many years the principal reviewer and leader writer for the Church Times.