John Inge

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The Right Reverend
Dr John Inge
Bishop of Worcester
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John Inge after his consecration at Westminster Abbey 9 October 2003
Diocese Diocese of Worcester
Installed 1 March 2008[1]
Predecessor Peter Selby
Other posts Bishop of Huntingdon
Ordination 1983[2]
Consecration 9 October 2003[3]
Personal details
Born (1955-02-26) 26 February 1955 (age 59)
Denomination Anglican
Residence The Old Palace, Worcester
Spouse Denise (died 2014)[4][5]
Children 2 daughters[4]
Profession formerly teacher
Alma mater St Chad's College, Durham University

John Geoffrey Inge (born 26 February 1955)[6] is the current (113th) Bishop of Worcester in the Diocese of Worcester.

Early Life and Education[edit]

John Inge was born to Geoffrey John Inge and Elsie Inge (née Hill) in 1955. He was educated at Kent College, Canterbury and St Chad's College, Durham University where he took a BSc in 1977 and an MA in 1994. In 1979 he took a PGCE at Keble College, Oxford. He trained for ordination at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. He completed a PhD at Durham in 2002.


Inge read and taught chemistry prior to ordination and from 1984 to 1986 he was Assistant Chaplain at Lancing College. He was Junior Chaplain at Harrow School from 1987 to 1989, and Senior Chaplain from 1989 to 1990. From 1990 to 1996 he was Vicar of Wallsend, St Luke in the diocese of Newcastle where he also chaired the Board for Mission and Social Responsibility. He became Canon Residentiary of Ely Cathedral in 1996 with particular responsibility for education and mission, and was Vice Dean from 1999 until his consecration as suffragan Bishop of Huntingdon at Westminster Abbey on 9 October 2003.[3] As Warden of Readers in Ely diocese he encouraged and equipped lay ministry; he chaired the Cambridgeshire Ecumenical Council and co-chaired the East of England Faiths Council.[2] In July 2007 he was nominated to be Bishop of Worcester from 1 October 2007. He was enthroned as the 113th Bishop of Worcester on Saturday 1 March 2008.[1]

Bishop John is Chairman of the board of The College of Evangelists. He serves on the Faith and Order Commission (FAOC) of the General Synod. He has served on the Council of Ridley Hall, Cambridge since 2008. He was for some years a trustee of Common Purpose UK, a not-for-profit organisation that runs leadership courses across the UK for the public, private and voluntary sectors, and for which he is now a Trust Protector.[6] He chairs the council for the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Examination in Theology which awards the Lambeth Degree—an MA, MPhil or PhD in theology.[6] He is also an advisor for the independent public policy think tank ResPublica.

Bishop John has led numerous groups to Africa, India, South America, Russia and the Holy Land. Whilst vice dean of Ely Cathedral he established a link between Ely and the Anglican Cathedral of Christ Church, Zanzibar[3] and is active in Worcester Diocescan links with Morogoru diocese in the Anglican Church of Tanzania, and the Anglican diocese of Peru. He is a longstanding supporter of the World Development Movement which campaigns for justice and development in the Global South, and of Amnesty International.

In 2011 Bishop John was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Worcester.[6] He was introduced into the House of Lords on 25 June 2012 and made his maiden speech three days later on the 28 June. He joins his cousin in the Upper House Field Marshal Peter Anthony Inge, Baron Inge, KG, GCB, PC, DL a former Chief of Defence Staff. On 15 February 2013 it was announced that he had been appointed to the office of Lord High Almoner, a post in the royal household.[7]


As well as numerous articles, he is author of A Christian Theology of Place (2003), which was shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing, and Living Love: in Conversation with the No1. Ladies' Detective Agency (2007).


  • John Inge Esq (1955–1983)
  • The Revd John Inge (1983–1996)
  • The Revd Canon John Inge (1996–2002)
  • The Revd Canon Dr John Inge (2002–2003)
  • The Rt Revd Dr John Inge (2003–present)


  1. ^ a b Worcester Diocese — Bishop John's Enthronement
  2. ^ a b Worcester Diocese — New Bishop for Worcester
  3. ^ a b c Diocese of Ely — Bishop John Inge to become Bishop of Worcester
  4. ^ a b Anstey, Cathy (11 July 2007). "We’re banging the drum for the next Worcester bishop". Worcester News. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Day, Jordan (28 April 2014). "Tribute to Denise Inge, wife of former Bishop of Huntingdon, John Inge". Huntingdon, St Ives & St Neots News & Crier. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d Debrett's People of Today — John Inge Worcester
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Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Flack
Bishop of Huntingdon
Succeeded by
David Thomson
Preceded by
Peter Selby
Bishop of Worcester