Tim Thornton (bishop)

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The Rt Revd
Tim Thornton
Bishop of Truro
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Truro
Installed 7 March 2009
Predecessor Bill Ind
Other posts Area Bishop of Sherborne (2001–2008)
Ordination 1980
Consecration 2001
Personal details
Born (1957-04-14) 14 April 1957 (age 58)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence Lis Escop, Truro
Spouse Siân[2]
Children Two[1]
Alma mater University of Southampton
King's College London

Timothy Martin "Tim" Thornton (born 14 April 1957[3]) is the current Bishop of Truro, having previously been the area Bishop of Sherborne from 2001 to 2008.[4][5] He has been a Member of the House of Lords since 2013.[6]

Thornton was educated at Devonport High School for Boys, the University of Southampton and King's College London.[7] Ordained in 1980, following priestly formation at St Stephen's House, Oxford, he began his ministry with a curacy at Todmorden followed by a spell as Priest-in-charge at Walsden. He then became Bishop's Chaplain to David Hope: successively in the Diocese of Wakefield and the Diocese of London. From 1994 until 1998 he was Principal of the North Thames Ministerial Training Course. His final post before his elevation to the episcopate was as the vicar of Kensington.

Thornton has chaired the Board of Trustees of The Children's Society from 2010. He was a Trustee of the Church Army 2000-2008. He is a Trustee of the following Cornish charities: Volunteer Cornwall, BF Adventure (formerly Bishops Forum), Cornwall Community Foundation.[8]


  • Tim Thornton Esq (1957–1980)
  • The Revd Tim Thornton (1980–2001)
  • The Rt Revd Tim Thornton (2001—present)


Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Kirkham
Bishop of Sherborne
Succeeded by
Graham Kings
Preceded by
Bill Ind
Bishop of Truro