James Bell (bishop)

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The Rt Revd
James Bell
MA(Oxon) BAHons
Bishop of Knaresborough,
Area bishop for Ripon[1]
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Leeds (2014–present)
Diocese of Ripon and Leeds (2004–2014)
Installed 14 March 2004[2]
Predecessor Frank Weston
Other posts Interim area bishop in Leeds (20–22 April 2014)[1]
Orders
Ordination 1975
Consecration 2 March 2004[2]
Personal details
Born (1950-11-20) 20 November 1950 (age 64)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater St John's College, Durham

James Harold Bell (born 20 November 1950) is the current suffragan Bishop of Knaresborough,[3] area bishop for Ripon in the Diocese of Leeds.[1]

Bell was educated at St John's College, Durham (BA 1972). Then began a 10 year residence in Oxford, where from 1972 until 1975 he studied for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, meanwhile matriculating in the University of Oxford as a member of St Peter's Hall, taking a BA in Theology in 1974 (having read for the Final Honour School alone) and incepting as a Master of Arts in 1978. Upon his ordination as a deacon in 1975 he was appointed Honorary Curate of Oxford St Michael with St Martin and All Saints and the following year, having been ordained priest, he because Chaplain and Lecturer of Brasenose College until 1982.[4] He held several pastoral posts in West London[5] before moving to the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds in 1997. Initially Director of Mission (and an Honorary Canon of Ripon Cathedral) he was appointed to Knaresborough following the death of Bishop Frank Weston.

Bell was consecrated at York Minster on 2 March 2004 and installed at Ripon Cathedral on 14 March 2004.[2]

Styles[edit]

  • James Bell Esq (1950–1975)
  • The Revd James Bell (1975–1997)
  • The Revd Canon James Bell (1997–2004)
  • The Rt Revd James Bell (2004–present)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Transformation Programme – First new diocese for more than 85 years created on April 20 (Accessed 19 April 2014)
  2. ^ a b c Cumberland & Westmorland Herald — Former Eden school pupil becomes a bishop
  3. ^ Suffragan See of Knaresborough
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory (97th edn. London: Church House Publishing, 2001), p. 55
  5. ^ "Debrett's People of Today": Ellis,P(Ed): 2006, London, Debtrett's ISBN 1-870520-03-3
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Frank Weston
Bishop of Knaresborough
2004—present
Incumbent