James Langstaff (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
James Langstaff
MA (Oxon)[1]
Bishop of Rochester
Diocese of Rochester arms.svg
Church Church of England
Diocese Rochester
Installed 11 December 2010[2]
Predecessor Michael Nazir-Ali
Other posts Bishop of Lynn (2004–2010)
Suffragan Bishop (Norwich)
Ordination 1982
Consecration 21 June 2004[3]
Personal details
Born (1956-06-27) 27 June 1956 (age 58)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Parents Henry Langstaff
Jillian, née Brooks
(now Harper)
Spouse Bridget (1977—present)[4]
Children 2
Alma mater St Catherine's College, Oxford

James Henry Langstaff (born 27 June 1956[5]) is the present Bishop of Rochester.[1][6]

Langstaff attended Cheltenham College before going to St Catherine's College, Oxford.[5] He was ordained in 1982[7] and began his ordained ministry with a curacy at St Peter's Farnborough, Hampshire,[8] after which he was Vicar of St Matthew's Church, Duddeston and Nechells and St Clement's Church, Nechells. He was the then chaplain to the Rt Revd Mark Santer (Bishop of Birmingham) and Area Dean of Sutton Coldfield before his appointment as Bishop of Lynn in 2004. Langstaff was installed as the Suffragan Bishop of Lynn on 26 June 2004.[3]

On 22 June 2010, Langstaff's translation to the See of Rochester was announced,[9] where he succeeded the Rt Revd Michael Nazir-Ali. He was consecrated at Rochester Cathedral on 11 December 2010.[2]

In April 2013 Langstaff became one of the patrons of West Kent YMCA,[10][11] a charity supporting young people in parts of the Rochester diocese, drawing on his interest in social housing and development.[12][13]

In 2013 Langstaff also became the Bishop to Prisons and in February 2014 became one of the bishops in the House of Lords.[13]

Langstaff is married with two children, Alasdair and Helen.[14]


  • James Langstaff Esq (1956–1982)
  • The Revd James Langstaff (1982–2004[1])
  • The Rt Revd James Langstaff (2004—present)

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Tony Foottit
Bishop of Lynn
Succeeded by
Jonathan Meyrick
Preceded by
Michael Nazir-Ali
Bishop of Rochester