Inauguration 30 September 2016

Inauguration 30 September 2016

The Bishop of Oxford is the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft. Bishop Steven was appointed in 2016 and succeeds the Rt Revd John Pritchard.

Before becoming Bishop of Oxford, Bishop Steven was Bishop of Sheffield. He has been a member of the House of Lords since 2013.

He has a passion for mission and evangelism and for finding creative ways of sharing the Gospel. He is the co-author of the Emmaus and Pilgrim courses, both of which are resources to help people engage with the Christian faith.

The Bishop of Oxford leads the Church of England in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, supported by the Area Bishops of Dorchester, Buckingham and Reading. The Diocese is one of the largest and most complex in the Church of England, stretching from Milton Keynes in the north to Newbury in the south; from the Cotswolds in the west to Slough in the east.

The Diocese has a population of 2.3 million people, more than 800 churches and almost 600 parochial clergy. It also includes 12 secondary and 270 primary church schools.  As the senior bishop in the Diocese, Bishop Steven will lead a large team and is expected to have a wide ranging role across the Thames Valley alongside his national responsibilities.

Bishop Steven has personal connections with Oxford: he is a graduate of Worcester College, Oxford, and met and married his wife Ann in the city. The family lived in Oxford from 2004 until 2009 when Bishop Steven was leading ‘Fresh Expressions’, an initiative aimed at encouraging new forms of church for the 21st century.

Upon his appointment, Bishop Steven outlined his three priorities for ministry as the Bishop of Oxford: children and young people, serving the poorest in our communities, and encouraging lay discipleship.

Contact Bishop Steven by email or via his EA Marian Green on 01865 208222


Bishop Steven’s blog


There are pictures of Bishop Steven’s announcement day on our Flickr page…