Correct as of April, 2017
Bishops in the Province of Canterbury
Archbishop of Canterbury
Justin Portal Welby born 6 January 1956 in London and was educated at St Peter's School, Seaford and Eton College and subsequently went to Trinity College, Cambridge where he received a B.A. degree in history and law in 1978. He worked for 11 years in the oil industry
He was first rejected for ordination by John Hughes, the Bishop of Kensington, who told him “There is no place for you in the Church of England" but was subsequently accepted for ordination with the support of the Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton, Sandy Millar. From 1989 to 1992 he studied theology and trained for the priesthood at Cranmer Hall and St John's College, Durham, where he was awarded a BA degree and DipMin in 1992 before becoming a curate at Chilvers Coton and St Mary the Virgin, Astley (Nuneaton) from 1992 to 1995. He then became rector of St James' Church, Southam, and later vicar of St Michael and All Angels, Ufton, in the Diocese of Coventry from 1995 to 2002. In 2002 he was appointed a canon residentiary of Coventry Cathedral and the co-
Bishop of Bath & Wells
Peter Hancock read Natural Sciences at Selwyn College, Cambridge and then studied for the ordained ministry at Oak Hill Theological College. He served his first curacy at Portsdown in the Portsmouth diocese from 1980 to 1983. From 1983 to 1987 he was Curate at Radipole and Melcombe Regis in the diocese of Salisbury. From 1987 to 1999 he was Vicar of Cowplain in the diocese of Portsmouth. From 1993 to 1998 he was Rural Dean of Havant. From 1997 to 1999 he was an Honorary Canon of Portsmouth Cathedral. From 1999 to 2010 he was Archdeacon of Meon in the diocese of Portsmouth. From 2003 to 2006 he was Diocesan Director of Mission and from 2010 to 2014 he was the Suffragan Bishop of Basingstoke and from there translated to Bath & Wells.
Bishop of Birmingham
David Andrew Urquhart born 14 April 1952was educated at Rugby School and Ealing Technical College Business School (BA 1977). After a career in commercial management with British Petroleum he studied for the ordained ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He was ordained in 1984 and served in Hull before becoming the vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Coventry in 1992. He was appointed suffragan Bishop of Birkenhead in the Diocese of Chester in 2000. Appointed Prelate of The Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George in 2005 he holds the Freedom of the Borough of Wirral. He was translated as the 9th Bishop of Birmingham on 17 November 2006.
Bishop of Bristol
Michael Arthur Hill retired in September, 2017 and the acting Bishop is Lee Rayfield, Bishop of Swindon. The See is now vacant.
Bishop of Chelmsford
Stephen Cottrell was born and brought up in Leigh-
Bishop of Chichester
Martin Warner studied at St Chad's College, University of Durham in the 1970s and then trained for ordination at St Stephen's House, Oxford, later earning a PhD in Durham. He was the Canon Pastor at St Paul’s Cathedral from 2003 to 2008 and then Canon Treasurer there until 2009. He was consecrated as Bishop of Whitby in York Minster on 26 January 2010 and then welcomed on 30 January 2010 at St Hilda's Church, Whitby. His enthronement as Bishop of Chichester took place in Chichester Cathedral on 25 November 2012
Bishop of Coventry
Christopher Cocksworth was brought up in Horsham and attended the University of Manchester where he earned a first class degree in theology and later was awarded a PhD. Having studied for ordination at St John's College, Nottingham, he became a curate at Christ Church, Epsom Common in the Diocese of Guildford in 1988. In 1992, he moved to become chaplain of Royal Holloway, University of London until 1997. He then became director of the Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme, a position he relinquished in 2001. He was made an honorary canon of Guildford Cathedral in 1999. He was later the principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He was consecrated as the 9th bishop of Coventry on 3 July 2008 in Southwark Cathedral and was enthroned on 1 November 2008.
Bishop of Derby
Alastair Llewellyn John Redfern born 1 September 1948 was educated at Christ Church, Oxford. He was ordained in 1976 and was a curate in Wolverhampton. He then became a lecturer and later vice principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon. From 1987 to 1997 he was the Canon Theologian of Bristol Cathedral before his ordination to the episcopate as suffragan Bishop of Grantham. He received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2001. In 2005 he was translated to be the 7th Bishop of Derby.
Bishop of Ely
Stephen Conway trained for the priesthood at Westcott House, Cambridge, and read Theology at Selwyn College. He was ordained deacon in 1986 and priest the following year in Durham Cathedral and spent the next twenty years of ministry in the Diocese of Durham. While serving in the North East, he was appointed as Diocesan Director of Ordinands and later as the Bishop of Durham’s Senior Chaplain and Diocesan Communications Officer. In 2002 he became Archdeacon of Durham and Canon Treasurer of the Cathedral. He served in the Diocese of Salisbury as Bishop of Ramsbury and was installed as the 69th Bishop of Ely in Ely Cathedral on Saturday 5 March 2011.
Bishop of Exeter
Robert Ronald Atwell was born in 1954 in Ilford, Essex, and educated at Wanstead High School, St John's College, Durham and Westcott House, Cambridge. He was ordained as a priest of the Church of England in 1979. His career began with a curacy at John Keble Church, Mill Hill, after which he was chaplain of Trinity College, Cambridge from 1981 to 1987. He then spent ten years as a Benedictine monk at Burford Priory in Oxfordshire, and finally was Vicar of St Mary’s, Primrose Hill. He was consecrated Bishop of Stockport at York Minster on 24 June 2008 and translated to be Bishop of Exeter and installed on 30th April 2014.
Bishop of Gloucester
Bishop of Guildford
Andrew John Watson born 16 July 1961 was translated from Aston in the Diocese of Birmingham. He was educated at Winchester College and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Ordained in 1987 after theological studies at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. His first positions were curacies at St Peter's Ipsley in the Diocese of Worcester (1987–1991) and Ss John and Peter's Notting Hill in the Diocese of London (1991–1996), after which he was Vicar of St Stephen's East Twickenham, from which three new churches were planted. He was also the Area Dean of Hampton from 2003 until becoming a bishop. He is the tenth Diocesan Bishop of Guildford.
Bishop of Hereford
Richard Michael Cockayne Frith was born into a clerical family on 8 April 1949. He was educated at Marlborough College and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. After a period of study at St John's College, Nottingham, he was ordained a deacon in 1974 and a priest in 1975. He began his career with a curacy at Mortlake after which he was Vicar of Thamesmead. Following this he was Rector of Keynsham becoming Archdeacon of Taunton in 1992. He was installed as Bishop of Hull in 1998. On 16 July 2014 it was announced that he is the 105th Bishop of Hereford.
Bishop of Leicester
Martyn Snow was born in 1968 in Indonesia. He was educated at Sheffield University, trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and ordained in 1995. He was an assistant curate at St Andrew's Brinsworth with Catcliffe and Treeton before service with the Church Mission Society in Guinea. He was Vicar of Christ Church, Pitsmoor from 2001 to 2010 and Area Dean of Ecclesfield from 2007. On 25 September 2013, Snow was consecrated a bishop by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury in Westminster Abbey. In October 2013, he started his duties as suffragan Bishop of Tewkesbury, became acting diocesan Bishop of Gloucester from 5 August 2014 until June 2015. Snow became 19th Bishop of Leicester and youngest Diocesan Bishop in the Church of England with the confirmation of his election on 22 February 2016.
Bishop of Lichfield
Michael Ipgrave was born on 19 April 1958 in Northampton and educated at Magdalen College School, Brackley. He studied mathematics at Oriel College, Oxford, and graduated with a first class Bachelor of Arts degree. He trained for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon, and also studied theology at the University of Oxford. He was ordained deacon in 1982 and priest in 1983 in the Diocese of Peterborough. After a curacy in Oakham followed by time in Japan, he was a team vicar in two Leicester parishes. He was appointed Archdeacon of Southwark in 2004. In 2010 he also became Canon Missioner of Southwark Cathedral. On 2 March 2016, it was announced that Ipgrave is to become Bishop of Lichfield
Bishop of Lincoln
Christopher Lowson born 3 February 1953 was educated at Newcastle Cathedral School, Consett Grammar School and King's College London. He then studied at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California before being ordained as a deacon in the Diocese of Southwark in 1977 and as a priest in 1978. He began his ordained ministry as an assistant curate in Richmond, Surrey. He was successively priest in charge and vicar at Holy Trinity, Eltham. From 1982 to 1985 he was a chaplain at Avery Hill College and then of Thames Polytechnic to 1991 when he became vicar of Petersfield and rector of Buriton. He held this appointment for eight years, for the last four of which he was also rural dean of Petersfield. In 1999 he became Archdeacon of Portsmouth, which soon after was divided into the archdeaconries of Meon and Portsdown. He became the Archdeacon of Portsdown until 2006. In that year he was appointed director of the ministry division of the Archbishops’ Council and priest vicar of Westminster Abbey. He was consecrated as a bishop on 21 September 2011 in Westminster Abbey and enthroned as 72nd Bishop of Lincoln on 12 November 2011.
Bishop of London
Richard Chartres retired on 28 February 2017. During the interregnum, Pete Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden, is serving as the Acting Bishop of London
The Bishop elect is Sarah Mullally, the bishop of Crediton, who has been appointed the 133rd bishop of London to take office early in 2018. She will automatically take a seat in the House of Lords and the post-
Bishop of Norwich
Graham Richard James born 19 January 1951 in Bideford, Devon, and educated at Northampton Grammar School, the University of Lancaster, the University of Oxford and Cuddesdon Theological College, Oxford. He was ordained deacon in 1975 and priest in 1976.
He was assistant curate of Christ the Carpenter Church, Dogsthorpe from 1975 to 1978. From there he moved to Christ the King, Digswell from 1979 to 1983, became a member of the Advisory Council for the Church's Ministry in 1983 and held this post until 1987. He was Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1987 to 1993 and was the Bishop of St Germans in the Diocese of Truro from 1993 to 1999. In 1999 he was enthroned as the 71st Bishop of Norwich and Abbot of St Benet's Abbey.
Bishop of Oxford
Bishop of Peterborough
Donald Spargo Allister was born in Liverpool in 1952. He attended Birkenhead School and later Peterhouse, Cambridge to study medicine, later changing to theology. After graduation, he undertook further theological studies at Trinity College, Bristol. After ordination he served as a curate at St George's Church, Hyde from 1976 to 1979 and at St Nicholas' Church, Sevenoaks from 1979 to 1983. He was then appointed vicar of Christ Church, Birkenhead in 1983, also working as a part-
Bishop of Portsmouth
Christopher Richard James Foster born 7 November 1953 was educated at Durham University where he held the position of Chapel Clerk at University College. After studying at Westcott House, Cambridge, he was ordained in 1981 and began his ordained ministry with a curacy in Tettenhall in Wolverhampton, after which he became chaplain of Wadham College, Oxford. Following this he was vicar of Christ Church Southgate and in 2001 a canon residentiary and sub-
Bishop of Rochester
James Henry Langstaff born 27 June 1956 was educated at St Catherine's College, Oxford and ordained in 1982. His ordained ministry began with a curacy at St Peter's Farnborough, Hampshire, after which he was Vicar of St Matthew's Duddeston and St Clement's Nechells. He was the then chaplain to the Rt Revd Mark Santer (Bishop of Birmingham) and Area Dean of Sutton Coldfield before he was enthroned as Bishop of Lynn on 26 June 2004. He was translated to become the Bishop of Rochester on 11 December 2010.
Bishop of St. Albans
Alan Gregory Clayton Smith was born on 14 February 1957 and educated at Trowbridge Grammar School for Boys and the University of Birmingham where he obtained a degree in Theology. He trained for the priesthood at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. After ordination in 1981 in Bradford Cathedral he began his career as assistant curate at St Lawrence and St Paul Pudsey. In 1982 he was priested at Christ Church, Skipton. In 1984 he took up the post as Chaplain of the Lee Abbey Community, near Lynton in North Devon, and in 1997 became Archdeacon of Stoke. In 2001 he was consecrated the Bishop of Shrewsbury (one of the suffragan sees in the Diocese of Lichfield). His inauguration as the 10th Bishop of St Albans took place on 19 September 2009.
Bishop of St. Edmundsbury & Ipswich
Martin Seeley read geography and theology at Jesus College, Cambridge, before Ripon College, Cuddesdon. He served his title at Bottesford with Ashby, Scunthorpe from 1978 to 1980. He returned to New York as curate at the Church of the Epiphany and Assistant Director of Trinity Institute from 1980 -
Bishop of Salisbury
Nicholas Roderick Holtam born 8 August 1954 grew up around Edmonton, London, where he attended the Latymer School before going to Collingwood College, Durham University, where he studied geography. After graduating he studied for ordination at both King's College, London and Westcott House theological college, University of Cambridge. He was ordained deacon in 1979 and priest in 1980, and then served an assistant curacy at St Dunstan's, Stepney. In 1983 he moved to Lincoln Theological College where he was a tutor in Christian Ethics and Mission. In 1988, he became the vicar of The Isle of Dogs. From 1995 to 2011, he was the vicar of St Martin-
Bishop of Southwark
Christopher Thomas James Chessun born 5 August 1956 was educated at Hampton School and University College, Oxford. He was ordained a priest in 1984, he served curacies at All Angels' Sandhurst and St Mary’s Portsea and was then successively a chaplain at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, rector of St Dunstan's, Stepney, Archdeacon of Northolt (2001-
Bishop of Truro
The See is now vacant as Timothy Martin Thornton resigned as Bishop of Truro in August 2017 to become the new Bishop at Lambeth, the acting bishop is Chris Goldsmith Bishop of St Germans.
Bishop of Winchester
Timothy John Dakin born 6th February 1958 in East Africa, where his parents were church missionaries working in Tanzania and Kenya. He attended kindergarten and primary school at St. Mary's School, Nairobi, Kenya, but was otherwise educated in England. He studied for ordination at King's College London and was ordained deacon in 1993 and priest in 1994. His first appointment was as Principal of the Church Army training college in Nairobi, during which time he was also an assistant curate at All Saints' Cathedral, Nairobi. He took up his appointment as General Secretary of the Church Missionary Society in 2000. His appointment as Bishop of Winchester was announced on 6 September 2011 and he took up the role in the first part of 2012, around the time of his 25 January consecration at St Paul's Cathedral. His installation at Winchester Cathedral was on 21 April. He also holds the position of prelate of the Order of the Garter.
Bishop of Worcester
As Holy Trinity is in the Diocese of Worcester a webpage is devoted to our Bishop.
Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe
Robert Neil Innes was born in 1959 and studied Engineering at Cambridge University. He worked in the electric power industry until 1989 when he trained at St John's College in Durham. In 1995 he became both a doctor and a deacon. He was a lecturer at St John’s College until 1999 when he was appointed as vicar of St Mary Magdalene Church in Belmont now a suburb of the City of Durham. He has been working at the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe since 2005 and was appointed as its Bishop in 2014. He is based in Brussels.
Bishops in the Province of York
Archbishop of York
John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu born 10 June 1949 near Kampala in present-
Bishop of Blackburn
Julian Tudor Henderson born 23 July 1954 attended Radley College in Oxfordshire. He read for his MA(Oxon) in Theology at Keble College, Oxford. He trained for the priesthood at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, being ordained deacon in 1979. He then served his three-
Bishop of Carlisle
James William Scobie Newcome was born 24 July 1953 in Aldershot. As a result of his father's army postings, he spent time in Malta and Germany during his childhood. He then attended Marlborough College from 1966 to 1971. In 1971, he matriculated into Trinity College, Oxford to read modern history. From 1975 he studied at the University of Cambridge, where he read theology at Selwyn College, whilst also preparing for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He was ordained deacon in 1978. His career began with a curacy at All Saints, Leavesden in the Diocese of St Albans, he was priested in 1979, and remained at All Saints until 1982. He was then appointed Vicar of Bar Hill and Dry Drayton in the Diocese of Ely in 1982. He became a tutor and lecturer in Pastoral Theology, Ethics and Integrating Theology at the Cambridge Federation of Theological Colleges from 1983 to 1988. He was Rural Dean of the North Stowe Deanery from 1988 to 1994. In 1994 he was appointed Canon Residentiary at Chester Cathedral also holding the Diocesan posts of Director of Ordinands from 1994 to 2000 and Director of Ministry, Education and Training from 1996 to 2002. He was formally appointed as Bishop of Penrith in March 2002. His succession as 67th Bishop of Carlisle was announced in May 2009, and he was enthroned later that year.
Bishop of Chester
Peter Robert Forster born 16 March 1950 in Solihull and educated at the town's Tudor Grange Grammar School and Merton College, Oxford, where he received a Master of Arts in chemistry in 1973. At Edinburgh University, he graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity degree in theology in 1977 and became a Doctor of Philosophy in 1985. From 1980 to 1982, he was assistant curate of the Mossley Hill Parish Church in Liverpool. He was senior tutor at St John's College, Durham from 1983 to 1991 and became the vicar of Beverley Minster in 1992. In 1996 he was appointed the 40th Bishop of Chester and became a Lord Spiritual at the House of Lords in 2001.
Bishop of Durham
Paul Roger Butler born 18th September 1955 and educated at Kingston Grammar School. He received a BA in English and history with honours from Nottingham University in 1977. He trained for the ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford from 1980 to 1983. He served his curacy between 1983 and 1987 at All Saints with Holy Trinity in Wandsworth in the Diocese of Southwark. He then moved to Scripture Union to become Inner London Evangelist, holding this post until 1992. Between 1992 and 1994 he was Deputy Head of Mission at Scripture Union. Between 1987 and 1994, he was also a non-
Bishop of Liverpool
Paul Bayes born 2 November 1953 in Bradford, Yorkshire studied drama at the University of Birmingham before studying for ordination at Queen's College, Birmingham. He was ordained in Newcastle Cathedral in 1979 and was an assistant curate at St Paul's Church, Whitley Bay for three years (1979–1982). He then became a university chaplain in west London from 1982 to 1987. He moved to High Wycombe for seven years -
Bishop of Manchester
David Stuart Walker born 30th May 1957 was a pupil at Manchester Grammar School and King's College, Cambridge. He was ordained in 1983. His career began with a curacy at St Mary Handsworth, after which he was Team Vicar at Maltby, then Bramley before becoming a bishop. He has been Bishop of Dudley, and our local bishop, since 2000. He was translated to be the 12th Bishop of Manchester in 2014. He is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at Glyndwr University.
Bishop of Newcastle
Christine Elizabeth Hardman was educated at Queen Elizabeth's School for Girls, Barnet and London University, and worked as an articled clerk and with an estate agency. She studied for a Master of Theology (MTh) in Applied Theology from Westminster College, Oxford. Ordained deacon in 1987 and priest in 1994. She served as a deaconess at St John the Baptist, Marykate Street in the Diocese of St Albans from 1984 to 1988, becoming Curate there. She was then Vicar of Holy Trinity and Christ the King, Stevenage from 1996 to 2001, as well as Rural Dean of Stevenage from 1999 to 2001. She was then Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich until her retirement from the post on 30 November 2012, when she became Assistant Priest at Southwark Cathedral. She was designated as the twelfth Bishop of Newcastle in 2015.
Bishop of Leeds
The Diocese of Ripon & Leeds has been amalgamated with the Diocese of Bradford and the Diocese of Wakefield into the 'Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales' with the Diocesan Bishop being the Bishop of Leeds.
Nicholas Baines born 13 November 1957 in Liverpool and educated at Holt Comprehensive School, Liverpool, before gaining a BA(Hons) degree in German and French at the University of Bradford. He worked as a linguist at GCHQ for four years prior to training for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol, where he gained a BA(Hons) in theological studies. He was ordained as a deacon in 1987 and a priest in 1988. His first appointments were as assistant curate at St Thomas' Church, Kendal and St Catherine's Crook. He then moved to Leicester, becoming briefly associate minister of Holy Trinity, Leicester, and then Vicar of Rothley (1992-
Bishop of Sheffield
Peter Jonathan Wilcox born 1961 attended Worksop College in Nottinghamshire before studying at Durham University where he graduated with a BA degree in 1984. He then attended Ridley Hall, Cambridge, where he trained for ordination and graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA degree in theology in 1986. He returned to Durham for post-
Bishop of Sodor & Man
Peter Andrew Eagles born 6 July 1959, educated at the Royal Grammar School iGuildford. He studied German and Russian at King's College, London, and graduated in 1982. Between 1982 and 1986 he was an assistant master at Tonbridge School, Kent, and also worked as a freelance translator. In 1986 he entered St Stephen's House, Oxford to train for holy orders. He was ordained deacon in 1989 and priest in 1990. From 1989 to 1992, he served his curacy at St Martin's Church, Ruislip. In 1990, he was commissioned into the British Army as a Chaplain and promoted several times. He finally became Deputy Chaplain General (equivalent in rank to brigadier), becoming the second most senior chaplain in the British Army. On 4 May 2017, it was announced that he is to be the next Bishop of Sodor and Man.
Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham
Paul Gavin Williams was educated at Court Fields Community School, Wellington, Richard Huish College, Taunton and Grey College, Durham. After studying at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, he was ordained in 1992. He was a curate at St James and St Matthew's Muswell Hill and then at Christ Church, Clifton before becoming the rector of St James' Gerrards Cross, a position he held until his ordination to the episcopate as Bishop of Kensington on 25 March 2009. He was appointed as the 13th Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham in May 2015.
Rachel Treweek, born Montgomery, in 1963. Educated at Broxbourne School, and the University of Reading graduating in 1984 in linguistics & language pathology. She worked as a speech & language therapist, then studied for the Priesthood at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, ordained as deacon in 1994 and priest in 1995. She served as curate at St George and All Saints Church, Tufnell Park and from 1997 to 1999 as associate vicar. In 2006, appointed vicar of St James-
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Steven John Lindsey Croft attended Heath Grammar School in Halifax and studied classics and theology at Worcester College, Oxford, graduating in 1980. He trained for ordination at Cranmer Hall, Durham. He was ordained as deacon in the Diocese of London in 1983. The following year ordained as priest. From 1983 to 1987 he was the curate of the parish church of St Andrew's Enfield. After that he was vicar of Ovenden in the Diocese of Wakefield, from 1987 to 1996. From 1996 to 2004 he was Warden of Cranmer Hall and between 2004 and 2008 Archbishops' Missioner and first Team Leader of Fresh Expressions. He was nominated as the Bishop of Sheffield and was consecrated on 25 January 2009. In 2012 Croft was nominated to be the Anglican fraternal delegate to the Synod of Bishops in Rome. On 12 April 2016, it was announced that he was to be translated to become the 43rd Bishop of Oxford.