Bishop of Oxford


Bishop John

The Bishop of Oxford is the Rt Revd John Pritchard.

The Bishop of Oxford is the diocesan or most senior bishop, responsible for oversight of the whole diocese. Because of its large size, the Diocese of Oxford is divided into four smaller ‘episcopal Areas’, each overseen by their own Area Bishop.

In some instances these ‘Areas’ are larger than entire dioceses elsewhere in the Church of England. In addition to his diocese-wide and national responsibilities, the Bishop of Oxford has pastoral care of the two deaneries of Oxford and Cowley, which cover the City of Oxford, right in the heart of the diocese.

Bishop John has been Bishop of Oxford since 2007, before which he was Bishop of Jarrow. Bishop John has written 12 books on various aspects of Christian living e.g. How to Pray,Life and Work of a Priest, Going to Church: A User’s Guide, God Lost and Found and Living Jesus.

He enjoys a wide teaching ministry in this country and abroad, and relishes making the Christian faith accessible and interesting. His wider responsibilities include chairing the Church of England’s Board of Education and being the episcopal spokesperson on education in the House of Lords.

Bishop John has announced that he will be retiring on 31 October 2014.

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