John Pritchard (bishop)

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The Rt Revd
John Pritchard

MA(Oxon) MLitt DipTh[1]
Bishop of Oxford
John Pritchard 2007 St Giles Fair.jpg
Pritchard at the 2007 St Giles' Fair, Oxford
Diocese Diocese of Oxford
Installed 2007
Predecessor Richard Harries
Other posts Bishop of Jarrow
Ordination 1972
Consecration January 2002
Personal details
Born 1948 (age 65–66)
Salford, Greater Manchester
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence Diocesan Church House, Oxford
Parents Neil Pritchard and Winifred Savill[2]
Spouse Wendy Claridge[3]
Children 2 daughters; Amanda and Nicola[3]
Alma mater St Peter's College, Oxford

John Lawrence Pritchard (born 22 April 1948)[4] is a Church of England bishop. He is the current Bishop of Oxford and is in the Open Evangelical tradition.

Life and ministry[edit]

Pritchard was born in Salford, Lancashire. He was educated at Arnold School in Blackpool before studying law at St Peter's College, Oxford. He received a Certificate in Pastoral Theology at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He was ordained as a priest in 1972. From 1972 to 1976 he served as a curate at St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham and, from 1976 to 1980, he was Youth Chaplain and Assistant Director of Education in the Diocese of Bath and Wells. In 1980 he became priest in charge of Wilton, Taunton. From 1988 he was Director of Pastoral Studies at Cranmer Hall, Durham and, from 1993, the college's warden. In 1996, he became Archdeacon of Canterbury and a canon residentiary of Canterbury Cathedral. He was consecrated as suffragan Bishop of Jarrow in January 2002.[3]

On 11 December 2006 it was announced that Pritchard would become the 42nd Bishop of Oxford. Having taken office at his confirmation-of-election in London on 23 March 2007, he began his ministry in the diocese on 8 June 2007 after a service of inauguration at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.[5] In 2008, he supported the application by Muslims in Oxford to broadcast the adhan from the minaret of a mosque. As a result, he received hostile comments and letters of complaint.[6][7][8]

Pritchard is married to Wendy and has two daughters, Amanda and Nicola.[3]


  • John Pritchard, Esq. (1948–1972)
  • The Revd John Pritchard (1972–1996)
  • The Ven John Pritchard (1996–2002)
  • The Rt Revd John Pritchard (2002—present)



  1. ^ Number 10 — Suffragan See of Jarrow
  2. ^ ‘OXFORD, Bishop of’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011 Accessed 8 May 2012
  3. ^ a b c d Diocese of Oxford — Bishops and Archdeacons
  4. ^ Birthdays, The Guardian, 22 April 2014 
  5. ^ Bishopric of Oxford
  6. ^ Bates, Stephen (13 March 2008). "People". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  7. ^ "Bishop's death threats over mosque plan". The Daily Telegraph. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  8. ^ "Bishop receives death threats for backing Muslim prayer call". Islamic Republic News Agency. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Michael Till
Archdeacon of Canterbury
Succeeded by
Patrick Evans
Preceded by
Alan Smithson
Bishop of Jarrow
Succeeded by
Mark Bryant
Preceded by
Richard Harries
Bishop of Oxford