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 Issues | National Church | List of Bishops

There are just over 100 Bishops in the Church of England (excluding all the retired ones).

Around half these are Area, Assistant or Suffragan Bishops.

The full complement is called the College of Bishops.

There are 44 Dioceses, including the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe and the Diocese of Sodor and Man.

The House of Bishops is made up of the 44 Diocesan Bishops, the Bishop of Dover (who acts on behalf of Canterbury Diocese) and a few Bishops elected from amongst the suffragans.

The House forms one three houses of General Synod.

Canterbury, York, London, Durham and Winchester always have seats in the House of Lords

According to Crockfords "Twenty-one of the remaining Diocesan Bishops also sit in the Upper House, and they do so according to their dates of seniority.  When a vacancy arises, it is filled by the senior Diocesan Bishop without a seat, and the vacated See is placed at the foot of the list of those awaiting seats. Translation of a Bishop from one See to another does not affect his right to sit in the House of Lords.
The Bishop of Sodor and Man and the Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe are not eligible to sit in the House of Lords, but the former has a seat in the Upper House of the Tynwald, Isle of Man."

The list below shows all the Diocesans and Dover.  If there are errors in the list we would be grateful to be informed. The statements of churchmanship is entirely our own and subjective.

An analysis of these figures can be found in an article on evangelicals.org

 

Bath and Wells
Peter Price
Consecrated : 1997 Appointed: 2002
College: Oak Hill
Age (approx): 66 (b1944)
Previous Posts : SufBp Kingston, CanRes Southwark Cathedral, GenSec USPG
Churchmanship:

Liberal Evangelical


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Birmingham
David Urquhart
Consecrated : 2000 Appointed: 2006
College: Wycliffe Hall
Age (approx): 58 (b1952)
Previous Posts : SufBp Birkenhead
Churchmanship:

Charismatic Evangelical


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Blackburn
Nicholas Reade
Consecrated : 2004 Appointed: 2004
College: Mirfield
Age (approx): 64 (b1946)
Previous Posts : Archdn Lewes, Incumbent
Churchmanship:

Traditional Anglo-Catholic


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Bradford
David James
Consecrated : 1998 Appointed: 2002
College: Nottingham St John
Age (approx): 65 (b1945)
Previous Posts : SufBp Pontefract
Churchmanship:


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Bristol
Michael Hill
Consecrated : 1998 Appointed: 2003
College: Ridley Hall
Age (approx): 61 (b1949)
Previous Posts : AreaBp Buckingham, Adn Berks
Churchmanship:

Liberal Evangelical


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Canterbury
Rowan Williams
Consecrated : 1992 Appointed: 2002
College: Mirfield
Age (approx): 60 (b1950)
Previous Posts : Abp Wales, Bp Monmouth, Prof Oxford
Churchmanship:

Liberal Catholic


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Carlisle
Newcome James
Consecrated : 2002 Appointed: 2009
College: Ridley Hall
Age (approx): 57 (b1953)
Previous Posts : Tutor Ridley, Incumbent, Residentiary Canon
Churchmanship:

 


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Chelmsford
Cottrell Stephen
Consecrated : 2004 Appointed: 2010
College: St. Stephen's House
Age (approx): 52 (b1958)
Previous Posts : Curate in Charge, Missioner, Residentiary Canon, Suffragan Bishop
Churchmanship:

Liberal


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Chester
Peter Forster
Consecrated : 1996 Appointed: 1996
College: Edinburgh
Age (approx): 60 (b1950)
Previous Posts : Incumbent, Tutor St John' Durham
Churchmanship:

Liberal Evangelical but morally conservative


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Chichester
John Hind
Consecrated : 1991 Appointed: 2001
College: Cuddesdon
Age (approx): 65 (b1945)
Previous Posts : Bp Europe, Principal Chich Theol Colege, Incumbent
Churchmanship:

Traditional Anglo-Catholic


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Coventry
Cocksworth Christopher
Consecrated : 2008 Appointed: 2008
College: St. John's Nottingham
Age (approx): 51 (b 1959)
Previous Posts : Chaplain, Director regional training scheme, Principal theological college
Churchmanship:

Open Evangelical


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Derby
Alastair Redfern
Consecrated : 1997 Appointed: 2005
College: Queens
Age (approx): 62 (b1948)
Previous Posts : SufBp grantham, Dean Lincoln Cathedral, Tutor Cuddesdon
Churchmanship:


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Dover (Canterbury)
Willmott Trevor
Consecrated : 2002 Appointed: 2009
College: Westcott House
Age (approx): 60 (b1950)
Previous Posts : Chaplain Naples, Incumbent, Director Post Ord Training, Archdeacon, Suffragan Bishop
Churchmanship:

 


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Durham
Tom Wright
Consecrated : 2003 Appointed: 2003
College: Wycliffe
Age (approx): 62 (b1948)
Previous Posts : Canon Westminster Abbey, Dean Lichfield, Canon Coventry
Churchmanship:

Open Evangelical


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Ely
Anthony Russell
Consecrated : 1988 Appointed: 2000
College: Cuddesdon
Age (approx): 67 (b1943 Jan 25)
Previous Posts : AreaBp Dorchester, Incumbent, Canon Coventry Cathedral
Churchmanship:

Liberal Catholic


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Europe
Geoffrey Rowell
Consecrated : 1994 Appointed: 2001
College: Cuddesdon
Age (approx): 67 (b1943 Feb 13)
Previous Posts : SufBp Basingstoke, Chaplain Oxford
Churchmanship:

Traditional Anglo-Catholic


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Exeter
Michael Langrish
Consecrated : 1993 Appointed: 2000
College: Ridley Hall
Age (approx): 64 (b1946)
Previous Posts : SufBp Birkenhead, Incumbent
Churchmanship:

Liberal Catholic but morally conservative


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Gloucester
Michael Perham
Consecrated : 2004 Appointed: 2004
College: Cuddesdon
Age (approx): 63 (b1947)
Previous Posts : Dean Derby, Prec Norwich, Incumbent
Churchmanship:

Liberal Catholic


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Guildford
Christopher Hill
Consecrated : 1996 Appointed: 2004
College: Kings, London
Age (approx): 65 (b1945)
Previous Posts : AreaBp Stafford, Chaplain to Archbp,
Churchmanship:

Liberal


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Hereford
Anthony Priddis
Consecrated : 1996 Appointed: 2004
College: Cuddesdon
Age (approx): 62 (b 1948)
Previous Posts : SufBp Warwick, Incumbent
Churchmanship:


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Leicester
Timothy Stevens
Consecrated : 1995 Appointed: 1999
College: Cuddesdon
Age (approx): 64 (b1946)
Previous Posts : SufBp Dunwich, Archdn West Ham, Urban Officer
Churchmanship:

Liberal Catholic


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Lichfield
Jonathan Gledhill
Consecrated : 1996 Appointed: 2003
College: Bristol (Tyndale)
Age (approx): 61 (b 1949)
Previous Posts : SufBp Southampton, Incumbent
Churchmanship:


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Lincoln
John Saxbee
Consecrated : 1994 Appointed: 2001
College: Cranmer Hall
Age (approx):

64 (b 1946)

Previous Posts : SufBp Ludlow, Archdn Ludlow, Priest-in-Charge
Churchmanship:

Revisionist


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Liverpool
James Jones
Consecrated : 1994 Appointed: 1998
College: Wycliffe
Age (approx): 62 (b 1948)
Previous Posts : SufBp Hull, Incumbent
Churchmanship:

Liberal


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London
Richard Chartres
Consecrated : 1992 Appointed: 1995
College: Cuddesdon
Age (approx): 63 (b 1947)
Previous Posts : AreaBp Stepney, Incumbent
Churchmanship:

Traditional Anglo-Catholic


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Manchester
Nigel MuCulloch
Consecrated : 1986 Appointed: 2003
College: Cuddesdon
Age (approx): 68 (b1942 Jan 17)
Previous Posts : Bp Wakefield, Adn Sarum&Incumbent
Churchmanship:

Liberal Catholic but morally conservative


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Newcastle
Martin Wharton
Consecrated : 1992 Appointed: 1997
College: Cuddesdon (Ripon Hall)
Age (approx): 67 (b1943)
Previous Posts : Bp Kingston, Dir POT,
Churchmanship:

Revisionist


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Norwich
Graham James
Consecrated : 1993 Appointed: 1999
College: Cuddesdon
Age (approx): 59 (b1951)
Previous Posts : SufBp StGermans, Bps Chaplain, Sec ABM
Churchmanship:

Liberal Catholic


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Oxford
John Pritchard
Consecrated : 2002 Appointed: 2007
College: Ridley Hall, Cambridge
Age (approx): 62 (b1 1948)
Previous Posts : SufBp Jarrow, Warden, Cranmer Hall, Incumbent
Churchmanship:

Liberal-Open Evangelical


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Peterborough -Vacant
Donald Allister
Consecrated : 2010 Appointed: 2010
College: Trinity Bristol
Age (approx): 58 (b 1952)
Previous Posts : Incumbent, Archdeacon Chester
Churchmanship:

Evangelical


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Portsmouth
Foster Christopher
Consecrated : 2001 Appointed: 2010
College: Westcott House
Age (approx): 57 (b 1953)
Previous Posts : Incumbent, CME Officer, Sub-Dean, SufBp Hertford
Churchmanship:

Liberal


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Ripon & Leeds
John Packer
Consecrated : 1996 Appointed: 2000
College: Cuddesdon (Ripon Hall)
Age (approx): 64 (b1946)
Previous Posts : SufBp Warrington, Archdn Cumberland, Incumbent
Churchmanship:

Revisionist


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Rochester - Vacant
   
Consecrated :   Appointed:  
College:  
Age (approx):  
Previous Posts :  
Churchmanship:

 


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Salisbury
David Stancliffe
Consecrated : 1993 Appointed: 1993
College: Cuddesdon
Age (approx): 68 (b1942 Oct 1)
Previous Posts : Dean Portsmouth, Dir Ordinads, Tutor Clifton College
Churchmanship:

Liberal Catholic


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Sheffield
Croft Steven
Consecrated : 2009 Appointed: 2009
College: Cranmer Hall, Durhan
Age (approx): 53 (b 1957)
Previous Posts : Incumbent, Warden Cranmer Hall, Archbishops' Missioner
Churchmanship:

Open Evangelical


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Sodor and Man
Paterson Robert
Consecrated : 2008 Appointed: 2008
College: Cranmer Hall, Durham
Age (approx): 61 (b 1949)
Previous Posts : Incumbent, Mission and Ministry officer, Archbishop's Council
Churchmanship:


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Southwark - VACANT
   
Consecrated :   Appointed:  
College:  
Age (approx):  
Previous Posts :  
Churchmanship:

 


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Southwell
Butler Paul
Consecrated : 2004 Appointed: 2009
College: Wycliffe Hall
Age (approx): 55 (b 1955)
Previous Posts : Evangelist, Incumbent, SufBp Southampton
Churchmanship:

Evangelical


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St. Albans
Smith Alan
Consecrated : 2001 Appointed: 2009
College: Wycliffe Hal, Oxford
Age (approx): 53 (b 1957)
Previous Posts : Chaplain Lee Abbey, Team minister, Archdeacon Stoke, Area Bishop Shrewsbury
Churchmanship:

Liberal


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St. Eds & Ips
Nigel Stock
Consecrated : 2000 Appointed: 2007
College: Cuddesdon
Age (approx): 60 (b 1950)
Previous Posts : SufBp Stockport, Chaplain Durham, Incumbent
Churchmanship:

Liberal Catholic


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Truro
Thornton Timothy
Consecrated : 2001 Appointed: 2008
College: St Stephen's House, Oxford
Age (approx): 53 (b 1957)
Previous Posts : Priest in Charge, Chaplain, Diocesan CME Officer & Bishops' Council, Principal regional training course, Incumbent, Area Bishop Sherborne
Churchmanship:

 


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Wakefield
Stephen Platten
Consecrated : 2003 Appointed: 2003
College: Cuddesdon
Age (approx): 63 (b1947)
Previous Posts : Dean Norwich, Cant Cathedral, Portsmouth Cath, Tutor Lincoln
Churchmanship:

Liberal Catholic


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Winchester
Michael Scott-Joynt
Consecrated : 1987 Appointed: 1995
College: Cuddesdon
Age (approx): 67 (b 1943)
Previous Posts : AreaBp Stafford, Res Canon St Albans, Incumbent, Tutor Cuddesdon
Churchmanship:

Liberal Catholic but morally conservative


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Worcester
John Inge
Consecrated : 2003 Appointed: 2007
College: Mirfield
Age (approx): 55 (b1955)
Previous Posts : SuffBp Huntingdon, ResCanon Ely, Incumbent, School Chaplain.
Churchmanship:

 


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York
John Sentamu
Consecrated : 1996 Appointed: 2002
College: Ridley Hall
Age (approx): 61 (b1949)
Previous Posts : Bp Birmingham, AreaBp Stepney, Incumbent
Churchmanship:

Liberal Evangelical


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Suffragan Bishops elected to serve in the House of Bishops, and thus General Synod, from October 2005:

Province of Canterbury

  • Trevor Willmott (Basingstoke)
  • Ian Brackley (Dorking)
  • David Walker (Dudley)
  • Pete Broadbent (Willesden)

Province of York

  • Martyn Jarrett (Beverley - a flying Bishop)
  • Stephen Lowe (Hulme)

 

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