John Packer

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The Rt Revd
John Packer
MA(Oxon)
Bishop of Ripon and Leeds
Diocese Diocese of Ripon and Leeds
Installed 16 July 2000[1]
Term ended 31 January 2014[2]
Predecessor David Young, Bishop of Ripon
Successor Merged into the Diocese of Leeds
Other posts Bishop of Warrington
1996–2000
Orders
Ordination 1970
Consecration 1996
Personal details
Born (1946-10-10) 10 October 1946 (age 68)
Blackburn, Lancashire
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence Hollin House, Weetwood
Spouse Barbara Jack (m. 1971)
Children 1 daughter & 2 sons
Alma mater Keble College, Oxford

John Richard Packer (born 10 October 1946) is a retired British Anglican bishop. He was the only Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, serving from the renaming of the diocese from Ripon in 2000 to its merge into the Diocese of Leeds in 2014.[3]

Born in Blackburn, Lancashire, firstly educated in Manchester Grammar School, Packer graduated from Keble College, Oxford, with a Bachelor of Arts in modern history in 1967 and from Ripon Hall, Oxford, with a Bachelor and a Master of Arts in theology in 1975.

Packer became a deacon in 1970 and was Curate of St Helier, in Southwark, until 1973. Ordained as priest in 1971, he worked in Abingdon in Berkshire (and then Oxfordshire) from 1973 to 1977. Between 1973 and 1975, he was Tutor at Ripon Hall, and between 1975 and 1977 at Ripon College Cuddesdon. In the following, Packer was Vicar of Wath-upon-Dearne with Adwick-upon-Dearne until 1986, and from 1986 to 1991 team rector at Sheffield Manor.[4] He was twice Rural Dean, firstly of Wath from 1983 to 1986, and secondly of Attercliffe in 1990 and 1991. Until 1996, he was Archdeacon of West Cumberland, having been also priest-in-charge in Bridekirk in 1995 and 1996. Packer was suffragan Bishop of Warrington until 2000, when he was appointed Bishop of Ripon and Leeds.

In 2006, he was called to the House of Lords as a Lord Spiritual. He is the Bishops' Parliamentary Spokesperson for immigration & asylum; urban affairs; and welfare reform.[5]

Packer used his maiden speech in the House of Lords on 14 December 2006 to criticise the government's policy on asylum seekers, claiming that under the current policy refugees are being "made destitute, terrorised and imprisoned".[6] His interest in the asylum issue materialised again in February 2007 when he appealed to the Home Office to halt the deportation of a woman, Aseng Nasoba, and her six children back to the Democratic Republic of Congo, saying that he feared for the family's safety if they were returned to their home country.

In 2012 he was instrumental in defeating the coalition government's plan to put a cap on benefits given to families, when his amendment to exclude child benefit from the plan was passed in the House of Lords.[7]

Since 1971, he has been married to Barbara Priscilla Jack. They have one daughter and two sons.

Styles[edit]

  • John Packer Esq (1946–1970)
  • The Revd John Packer (1970–1991)
  • The Ven John Packer (1991–1996)
  • The Rt Revd John Packer (1996—present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ripon Diocese — Senior Clergy
  2. ^ Bishop of Ripon and Leeds announces retirement
  3. ^ Bishop of Ripon and Leeds announces retirement
  4. ^ The Times, Tuesday 5 November 1985; pg. 16; Issue 62287; col D to Sheffield team Vicar Right Reverend John Richard Packer
  5. ^ The Church in Parliament http://www.churchofengland.org/our-views/the-church-in-parliament/bishops-in-the-house-of-lords/bishop-of-ripon-leeds.aspx
  6. ^ "www.yorkshiretoday.co.uk". Retrieved 2006-12-14. 
  7. ^ "What is the role of bishops in UK politics?", BBC News, 25 January 2012