David Smith (bishop)

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David Smith
Bishop of Bradford
Diocese Diocese of Bradford
In office 1992–2002
Predecessor Roy Williamson
Successor David James
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in York and Europe (2002–present)
Bishop to the Forces (1990–1992)
Bishop of Maidstone (1987–1992)
Archdeacon of Lindisfarne (1981–1987)
Ordination c. 1959 (deacon); c. 1960 (priest)
Consecration 6 June 1987[1]
Personal details
Born (1935-07-14) 14 July 1935 (age 79)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Parents Stanley & Gwendolen Smith
Spouse Mary Moult (m. 1961)
Children 1 son; 1 daughter
Alma mater King's College London

David James Smith (born 14 July 1935) is a retired Anglican bishop of the Church of England.


Born in Hertfordshire and educated at King's College London,[2] he was ordained in 1959.

His first post was as an assistant curate at All Saints' Gosforth,[3] after which he became the assistant curate of St Francis High Heaton. Following this he was Priest in Charge St Mary Magdalene, Longbenton, and then Vicar of Longhirst with Hebron, and he next became Vicar of St Mary's Monkseaton.[4] He was subsequently the Rural Dean of Tynemouth and in 1981 was collated Archdeacon of Lindisfarne. In 1987 he was ordained to the episcopate as Bishop of Maidstone and was translated in 1992 to be the Bishop of Bradford (until 2002).[5] From 1990 to 1992 he was also Bishop to H.M. Forces.

He was a member of the House of Lords from 1997 to 2002. In retirement he continues to serve as an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of York and Diocese of Europe.

He is a Fellow of King's College London and in 2001 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bradford.

He is married to Mary and has a son and a daughter.


  1. ^ Diocese in Europe – Prayer Diary, January–June 2014 (Accessed 27 April 2014)
  2. ^ Who’s Who 2008 (London, A & C Black, 2008) ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  3. ^ Church details
  4. ^ Crockford's clerical directory 2008 (London, Church House 2007) ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  5. ^ Debrett's, People of Today: Ed Ellis,P (London, Debtrett's, 1992) ISBN 1-870520-09-2
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Robert Hardy
Bishop of Maidstone
Succeeded by
Gavin Reid
Preceded by
Ronald Gordon
Bishop to the Forces
Succeeded by
John Kirkham
Preceded by
Roy Williamson
Bishop of Bradford
Succeeded by
David James