John Witcombe

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John Witcombe is the Dean of Coventry in the Church of England.[1]

After ordination in 1984, he served in Birtley, County Durham before moving to lead a church in Nottingham.[2] He was then a Vicar in Sheffield, the Team Rector in Uxbridge and later Dean of St John's College, Nottingham. Before his appointment as Dean of Coventry, Witcombe was the Diocese of Gloucester's Diocesan Directors of Ordinands and then Director of Discipleship and Ministry, and a Residentiary Canon at Gloucester Cathedral. He is a member of General Synod[3] and is a national advisor for selecting potential clergy for the Church of England.[4] In 2012 he gave a talk at the Greenbelt Festival entitled 'Called to Order?'.[5]


Editor of The Curate's Guide: From calling to first parish (Church House Publishing 2005) ISBN 9780715142035[6]

Author with John Leach of Grove books 'Hanging on to God: sustaining ministry in the renewal tradition' (Grove Books, 2008) ISBN 978 1 85174 693 4 [7]

Author with John Leach and Mark Tanner of Grove Books 'Renewing the Traditional Church' (Grove Books, 2005) ISBN 1851745130 [8]

Personal life[edit]

Witcombe is married to Ricarda, who is also a priest. They married in 2000 after the death of his first wife. The couple share a son and four daughters: Joseph, Abi, Anna, Tabitha and Emily. [9]


  • Mr John Witcome
  • The Revd John Witcombe
  • The Revd Canon John Witcombe (?–2013)
  • The Very Revd John Witcombe (2013–present)


Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Irvine
Dean of Coventry
Succeeded by