Graham James (bishop)

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The Rt Revd
Graham James
Bishop of Norwich
Diocese Diocese of Norwich
Installed 29 January 2000[1]
Predecessor Peter Nott
Other posts Bishop of St Germans
Ordination 1975
Consecration 1993
Personal details
Born (1951-01-19) 19 January 1951 (age 64)
Bideford, Devon
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence Bishop's House, Norwich
Parents Lionel and Florence James
Spouse Julie Freemantle (m. 1978)
Children 1 son, 2 daughters (1 dec.)
Alma mater Lancaster University

Graham Richard James (born 19 January 1951) is an English Anglican bishop. He is the current Bishop of Norwich and Abbot of St Benet's Abbey.

James was born in Bideford, Devon, the son of the Reverend Lionel James and his wife Florence. He was educated at Northampton Grammar School, the University of Lancaster, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1972, the University of Oxford, where he received a diploma in theology in 1974 and Cuddesdon Theological College, Oxford.

James was ordained deacon in 1975 and priest in 1976. He was assistant curate of Christ the Carpenter Church, Dogsthorpe[2] from 1975 to 1978. From there he moved to Christ the King, Digswell from 1979 to 1983, became a member of the Advisory Council for the Church's Ministry in 1983 and held this post until 1987. Between 1983 and 1985, he was Selection Secretary and Secretary for Continuing Education and between 1985 and 1987 Senior Selection Secretary.

James was Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1987 to 1993 and was the Bishop of St Germans in the Diocese of Truro from 1993 to 1999. Since 1995, he has been a member of the General Synod of the Church of England and since 1999 the 71st Bishop of Norwich. In 2004, James was appointed to be a Lord Spiritual and to sit in the House of Lords. Since 2006, he is also a member of the Archbishops' Council and Chair of the Ministry Division, Church of England. He chairs the BBC's Standing Conference on Religion and Belief.

James has been married to Julie Anne Freemantle since 1978; they have one son and two daughters, one deceased.


  • Graham James Esq (1951–1975)
  • The Revd Graham James (1975–1993)
  • The Rt Revd Graham James (1993—present)

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Richard Llewellin
Bishop of St Germans
Succeeded by
Roy Screech