Godfrey Ashby

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Godfrey Ashby
Assistant Bishop of Leicester
Diocese Diocese of Leicester
In office 1988–1995
Successor Bill Down
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Portsmouth (2008–present)
Bishop of St John's (1980–1984)
Ordination 1955 (deacon); 1956 (priest)
Consecration 1980
Personal details
Born (1930-11-06) 6 November 1930 (age 83)
Denomination Anglican
Parents William & Vera Hickey
Spouse Sally Hawtree (m. 1957)
Children 4 sons; 2 daughters
Profession Writer (theologian)
Alma mater King's College London

Godfrey William Ernest Candler Ashby (born 6 November 1930) was the eighth Bishop of St John's in what is now known as Diocese of Mthatha.

Ashby was educated at The King's School, Chester and King's College London.[1] Ordained Deacon in 1955 and Priest a year later, his first post was as a Curate at St Peter, St Helier, Morden.[2] After a spell as Priest in charge of St Mark Mission[3] he emigrated to South Africa. Here he rose steadily in the Church hierarchy, being successively: Subwarden of St Paul’s College Grahamstown; Rector of Alice, Eastern Cape; a senior lecturer in Hebrew at Rhodes University; Dean of St. Michael and St. George Cathedral and Archdeacon of the Anglican Diocese of Grahamstown;[4][5] a Diocesan Bishop; and, finally, Professor of Divinity at the University of the Witwatersrand. Assistant bishop (full-time) Diocese of Leicester 1988-95. In retirement he served the church as an Assistant Bishop within the Diocese of George in South Africa, and continues to serve as Honorary Assistant bishop, Diocese of Portsmouth since 2008.

Bishop Ashby is married to Sally Ashby (née Hawtree), and has six children: Garmon Ashby, John-Mark Ashby, Mary Jackson, Philip Ashby, Ruth Ashby, and Charles Theodoret Ashby.


  • Theodoret of Cyrrhus as exegete of the Old Testament[6][7]
  • Sacrifice: its nature and purpose[8]
  • Go out and meet God, Exodus, a commentary[9]


  1. ^ various; A & C Black Publishers Ltd (2011). Who's Who 2012. A&C Black. ISBN 978-1-4081-4229-5. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Parish details
  3. ^ Church details
  4. ^ Oxford University Press (1976). Crockford's Clerical Directory: A Reference Book of the Clergy of the Provinces of Canterbury and York and of Other Anglican Provinces and Dioceses. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-200008-8. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ashby G.W.E.C.". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 21 Sept 2013.  (Subscription required)
  6. ^ Godfrey William Ashby (1972). Theodoret of Cyrrhus as exegete of the Old Testament. Rhodes University. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Frank Northen Magill; Alison Aves (1998). Dictionary of World Biography. Taylor & Francis. pp. 1140–. ISBN 978-1-57958-040-7. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Godfrey William Ashby (1 September 1988). Sacrifice: its nature and purpose. SCM. ISBN 978-0-334-01437-9. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Godfrey William Ashby (January 1998). Go Out and Meet God: A Commentary on the Book of Exodus. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. ISBN 978-0-8028-4332-6. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
Anglican Church of Southern Africa titles
Preceded by
James Schuster
Bishop of St John's
Succeeded by
Jacob Dlamini