Steven Croft (bishop)

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The Rt Revd
Steven Croft
Bishop of Sheffield
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Croft after his consecration service as Bishop of Sheffield
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Sheffield
Installed 9 May 2009
Predecessor Jack Nicholls
Ordination 1983
Consecration 25 January 2009
Personal details
Born (1957-05-29) 29 May 1957 (age 57)
Halifax, West Yorkshire
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Ann
Children 4 children: Paul, Andy, Amy, Sarah
Alma mater Worcester College, Oxford

Steven John Lindsey Croft (born 29 May 1957[1]) is an open evangelical Church of England clergyman and theologian specialising in mission. He is the seventh Bishop of Sheffield following his enthronement in Sheffield Cathedral on 9 May 2009,[2] having been consecrated by the Archbishop of York on Sunday 25 January 2009.[3] Previously he was Archbishops’ Missioner and Team Leader of Fresh Expressions, a joint Church of England and Methodist initiative.


Croft attended Heath Grammar School in Halifax and studied classics and theology at Worcester College, Oxford, graduating in 1980. He trained for ordination at Cranmer Hall, Durham, earning a PhD in 1984 with his thesis The identity of the Individual in the Psalms.[4]


Croft was ordained as deacon in the Diocese of London in 1983. The following year, he was ordained as priest. From 1983 to 1987 he was the curate of the parish church of St Andrew's Enfield. After that, he became vicar of Ovenden, an Urban Priority Area parish in the Diocese of Wakefield, from 1987 to 1996. In 1997, Croft was made a member of the Church of England Evangelical Council, which he was a part of until 2000.

1996–2004 Warden (i.e. head) of Cranmer Hall.

2004–2009 Archbishops' Missioner and first Team Leader of Fresh Expressions.

Croft was appointed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to help found Fresh Expressions, a joint Church of England and Methodist initiative "to help Christians of any denomination think about ways of starting and growing fresh expressions of church in their area" where a fresh expression is defined as "a form of church for our changing culture, established primarily for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church".[5] In recognition of this work he was awarded the silver Cross of St Augustine by the Archbishop of Canterbury.[6]

Croft was nominated as the next Bishop of Sheffield, succeeding Jack Nicholls who retired in July 2008,[7] and formally elected by the Chapter of Sheffield Cathedral in November 2008.[8] he was consecrated as a bishop on 25 January 2009,[3] and started work in the diocese following his formal enthronement on 9 May 2009.[2] This was followed by three Welcome Eucharists celebrated in various locations around the diocese to allow more people to meet the new bishop.[2]

In 2012 Croft was nominated by Rowan Williams to be the Anglican fraternal delegate to the XIII Roman Catholic Synod of Bishops in Rome.[9]

Croft became a member of the House of Lords on 15 July 2013.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Croft was born in Halifax in 1957. He is married to Ann and has four children, Paul, Andy, Amy and Sarah.[7]


  • Steven Croft Esq (1957–1983)
  • The Revd Steven Croft (1983–1984)
  • The Revd Dr Steven Croft (1984–2009)
  • The Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft (2009—present)


  • The Identity of the Individual in the Psalms, Sheffield Academic Press, 1987 ISBN 978-1-85075-021-5
  • Growing New Christians, CPAS/Marshall Pickering, 1993 ISBN 978-0-551-02701-5
  • Making New Disciples, Marshall Pickering, 1994 ISBN 978-0-551-02862-3
  • Emmaus: the Way of Faith (with Stephen Cottrell, John Finney, Felicity Lawson and Robert Warren), NS/CHP, six volumes, 1996; two volumes, 1998; second edition 200-2003.
  • Man to Man: Friendship and Faith, Scripture Union, 1999 ISBN 978-1-85999-308-8
  • Ministry in Three Dimensions: Ordination and Leadership in the Local Church, DLT, 1999, second edition, 2008 ISBN 978-0-232-52743-8
  • Travelling Well: A companion guide to the Christian faith (with Stephen Cottrell), NS/CHP, 2000. ISBN 978-0-7151-4935-5
  • The Lord is Risen: Luke 24, Emmaus Bible Resources 1, NS/CHP, 2002 ISBN 978-0-7151-4971-3
  • Missionary Journeys, Missionary Church: Acts 13-20, Emmaus Bible Resources 2, NS/CHP 2002 ISBN 978-0-7151-4972-0
  • Transforming Communities: Re-Imagining the Church for the 21st Century, DLT, 2002 ISBN 978-0-232-52456-7
  • A Theology of Christian Leadership in Focus on Leadership, Foundation for Church Leadership, 2005.
  • Learning for Ministry (with Roger Walton), CHP, 2005 ISBN 978-0-7151-4053-6
  • Evangelism in a Spiritual Age, (with Rob Frost, Mark Ireland, Anne Richards, Yvonne Richmond and Nick Spencer), CHP, 2005 ISBN 978-0-7151-4054-3
  • Moving on in a Mission Shaped Church, (booklet with George Lings), CHP, 2005 ISBN 978-0-7151-4078-9
  • Starting a Fresh Expression, (booklet with George Lings and Claire Dalpra), CHP 2006 ISBN 978-0-7151-4096-3
  • Listening for Mission (booklet with Bob Hopkins and Freddy Hedley) CHP, 2006 ISBN 978-0-7151-4099-4
  • Bishops’ Mission Orders, a beginners’ guide (booklet with Paul Bayes) CHP, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7151-4169-4
  • Encouraging fresh expressions (booklet), Fresh Expressions, 2008 ISBN 978-0-9560005-1-4
  • The Future of the Parish System: shaping the Church of England for the 21st Century (editor and contributor), CHP, 2006 ISBN 978-0-7151-4034-5
  • The Advent Calendar (a novel for adults and children), DLT, 2006 ISBN 978-0-232-52680-6
  • Mission-shaped Questions: defining issues for today’s church, (editor and contributor), CHP, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7151-4153-3
  • Reflections for Daily Prayer (Advent to 2 before Lent)(section Ecclesiastes), CHP, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7151-4160-1
  • Jesus' People - What the church should do next, CHP, 2009 ISBN 978-0-7151-4187-8


  1. ^ Who's Who 2012 – Sheffield, Bishop of
  2. ^ a b c "Welcoming the new Bishop of Sheffield". Dean and Chapter of Sheffield. Retrieved 20 April 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Diocesan News Release". Retrieved 18 November 2008. [dead link]
  4. ^ Retrieved 25 October 2008
  5. ^ Retrieved 25 October 2008
  6. ^ "Dr Croft awarded cross of St Augustine". Fresh Expressions. Retrieved 2009-07-29. [dead link]
  7. ^ a b "New Bishop of Sheffield appointed". BBC Online. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  8. ^ The London Gazette: no. 58891. p. 18243. 24 November 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
  9. ^ "Anniversary synod for Vatican II is to hear Dr Williams". Church Times. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  10. ^ "Bishop of Sheffield publisher=UK Parliament". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 

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Preceded by
Jack Nicholls
Bishop of Sheffield