Speaking about his place on the show he said, "Cometh the hour, cometh the overweight Vicar with arthritis in his knees". While he is now known for his role as a Church of England priest, Richard first found fame as part of pop band The Communards in the 1980s.
As a member of The Communards with Jimmy Somervile, Rev Coles enjoyed chart success, with singles such as "Don't Leave Me This Way".
'I've been waiting by the phone for 11 years, ' he said.
The show sees celebrities paired with professional dancers and put through a series of gruelling dance challenges before a judging panel that see couples voted off every week.
"I can finally say I'm doing it!"
He now co-presents BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live show and is a regular guest on television shows such as Have I Got News For You and QI.
Davood said in a statement released by the BBC: "It's going to be exciting, challenging and terrifying all at once and I am so looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone and learning to dance".
For the dayjob, he's the Vicar of St Mary's Church in Finedon, Northamptonshire and Chancellor of the University of Northampton. I am so excited, I'm really nervous as well.
Statuesque Emmerdale star Gemma Atkinson has revealed she fears being dropped by her Strictly Come Dancing partner because of her height. "It will be a welcome change worrying about my next hot move instead of my next hot flush!"