Stephen Sykes

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Stephen Sykes
MA (Cantab)
Bishop of Ely
Diocese Diocese of Ely
In office 1990 – 1 September 1999
Predecessor Peter Walker
Successor Anthony Russell
Other posts Principal of St John's College, Durham (1999 – 2006)
Regius Professor of Divinity (Cambridge; 1985 – 1990)
Van Mildert Professor of Divinity (Durham; 1974 – 1985)
Orders
Ordination 1964 (deacon); 1965 (priest)
Consecration 2 May 1990
Personal details
Born (1939-08-01)1 August 1939
Died 24 September 2014(2014-09-24) (aged 75)
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Marianne Hinton (m. 1962)
Children 1 son; 2 daughters
Profession Academic (Professor of theology/divinity)
Alma mater St John's College, Cambridge

Stephen Whitefield Sykes (1 August 1939 – 24 September 2014[1]) was a Church of England bishop and academic. He was the Bishop of Ely from 1990 to 1999. He held professorial chairs in divinity at both Durham University and Cambridge University. He was the Principal of St John's College, Durham from 1999 to 2006.

Early life[edit]

Sykes was born on 1 August 1939. He was educated at Monkton Combe School, then an all-boys independent school in Bath, Somerset.[2] He matriculated into St John's College, Cambridge in 1958 to study theology. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a first class Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree 1961.[3][4] He then trained for ordination at Ripon Hall, Oxford.[3]

Career[edit]

Religious life[edit]

Sykes was ordained deacon in 1964 and priest in 1965.[5] In 1964, he returned to St John's College, Cambridge, his alma mater, as dean of the college chapel.[6] When he moved to Durham in 1974, he became a residentiary canon of Durham Cathedral. Having returned to Cambridge in 1985, he was was given a corresponding honorary canonry at Ely Cathedral.[4] He served as a curate of St John the Evangelist's Church, Cambridge, from 1985 to 1990.

On 2 May 1990,[7] he was consecrated as the Bishop of Ely.[8] He became a Lord Spiritual through seniority and served in the House of Lords from 31 August 1996 to 31 July 1999.[9] He stepped down from this position on 1 September 1999[7] and returned to education.[10] From 1991 he was a member of the Doctrine Commission of the Church of England, taking over as chairman in 1996. He was an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Durham.

Academic career[edit]

In addition to serving as dean of St John's College, Sykes was a lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge.[4] In 1974, he was appointed as the Van Mildert Professor of Divinity at Durham University. In 1985, he returned to Cambridge University to take up the chair of Regius Professor of Divinity. During a break from academia he served as a bishop.[clarification needed] In 1999, he was appointed the principal of St John's College, Durham, in succession to David Day. He retired in 2006.

Later life[edit]

Following his retirement, Sykes remained living in Durham. In his later years, he developed an illness that confined him to a wheelchair.[4]

He died on 24 September 2014.[4] His funeral was held in Durham and his burial in Cambridge.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archbishop Mourns Bp. Sykes". The Living Church. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-25. 
  2. ^ "Stephen Whitefield SYKES". People of Today. Debrett's. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Stephen Sykes, 1939-2014". Discover St John's. St John's College, Cambridge. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "The Right Reverend Stephen Sykes - obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Right Reverend Stephen Sykes". News & Events. Diocese of Ely. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Bishop of Ely pays tribute to Bishop Stephen Sykes". News & Events. Diocese of Ely. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Diocese of Ely – Stephen Sykes
  8. ^ The London Gazette: no. 52063. p. 2765. 1 March 1990. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
  9. ^ "Mr Stephen Sykes". Hansard. UK Parliament. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  10. ^ The London Gazette: no. 55844. p. 5127. 10 May 2000. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
  11. ^ Day, Jordan (26 September 2014). "Former Bishop of Ely, Rt Rev Stephen Sykes, dies, aged 75". Ely News. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Hughie Turner
Van Mildert Professor of Divinity (Durham)
1974 – 1985
Succeeded by
David W. Hardy
Preceded by
Henry Chadwick
Regius Professor of Divinity (Cambridge)
1985 – 1990
Succeeded by
David F. Ford
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Peter Walker
Bishop of Ely
1990 – 1999
Succeeded by
Anthony Russell