Humphrey Southern

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The Rt Revd
Humphrey Southern
Bishop of Repton
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Derby
Installed 9 June 2007[2]
Predecessor Rt Revd David Hawtin
Ordination 1987
Consecration 1 May 2007[2]
Personal details
Born (1960-09-17) 17 September 1960 (age 53)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Emma[1]
Children 2 daughters[1]
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

Humphrey Ivo John Southern[3] (born 17 September 1960) is the current Bishop of Repton the assistant Bishop position in the Diocese of Derby in the Anglican church.[1]


He was educated at Harrow School and Christ Church, Oxford.[4] After a period of study at Ripon College Cuddesdon he was ordained in 1987.[5]

Clerical career[edit]

His career began with curacies at St Margaret's, Rainham[6] (1986–1990) and St Mary’s Walton-on-the-Hill (1990–1992).[7] After these, he was Vicar of Hale (1992–1996), then Team Rector of the same (1996–1999) and also of Badshot Lea (1997–1999). At the same time he was Ecumenical Officer for the Diocese of Guildford (1992–1999). He was then Team Rector of Tisbury (1999–2001) and of the Nadder Valley Team Ministry (2001–2007), both in the Diocese of Salisbury. He was also Rural Dean of Chalke (2000–2007) and an Honorary Canon and Prebendary of Salisbury Cathedral (2006–2007).[1]

Southern was consecrated a bishop on 31 May 2007 and installed as Bishop of Repton on 9 June 2007[2]

Marriage and adult life[edit]

A long-term keeper of the English Bull Terrier which he and his family take on walks,[8] Bishop Humphrey is married to Emma with two daughters.[1] As an bishop of a longstanding church, the Right Reverend has to date dutifully devoted most of his time to the church's charitable works, worshipful assemblies and liturgy.


  • Humphrey Southern Esq (1960–1987)
  • The Revd Humphrey Southern (1987–2006)
  • The Revd Canon Humphrey Southern (2006–2007)
  • The Rt Revd Humphrey Southern (2007—)


  1. ^ a b c d e f Official notification of appointment
  2. ^ a b c Salisbury Diocesan Synod — Minutes, 17 February 2007
  3. ^ Anglican Communion
  4. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  5. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 Lambeth, Church House Publishing ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  6. ^ Church details
  7. ^ Genuki details
  8. ^ Debrett's People of Today London, 2008 Debrett's, ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9
Church of England titles
Preceded by
David Hawtin
Bishop of Repton