Tony Robinson (bishop)

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The Rt Revd
Tony Robinson
Area Bishop of Wakefield[1]
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Leeds (2014–present)
Diocese of Wakefield (2002–2014)
Predecessor David James
Other posts Bishop of Pontefract (former name of suffragan See of Wakefield)
Archdeacon of Pontefract (1997–2002)
Ordination 1983
Consecration 6 December 2002
Personal details
Born (1956-04-25) 25 April 1956 (age 58)
Bedford, Bedfordshire
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence Pontefract House, Wakefield
Spouse Sue (wife)[2]
Children 3: William, Lucy & Matthew[2]
Profession formerly teacher

Anthony William "Tony" Robinson (born 25 April 1956)) is the area Bishop of Wakefield[3] in the Diocese of Leeds.[1]

He was educated at Bedford Modern.[4] After a period of study at Salisbury and Wells Theological College he was ordained in 1983.[5] His career began with a curacy at St Paul’s, Tottenham. He was then Rural Dean of North Leicester and finally (before his consecration to the episcopate on 6 December 2002[6]) Archdeacon of Pontefract.[7]

Robinson is the patron of Street Angels - Christian Nightlife Initiatives, a post held since 2010.

As of late March 2014 he is the only bishop in the Church of England to have voted in his diocesan synod against new legislation which could enable women to become bishops.[8] [9]

In 2014, he became chairman of Forward in Faith, an Anglican movement that opposes the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate.[10]


  • Tony Robinson Esq (1956–1983)
  • The Revd Tony Robinson (1983–1994)
  • The Revd Canon Tony Robinson (1994–1997)
  • The Ven Tony Robinson (1997–2002)
  • The Rt Revd Tony Robinson (2002–present)


Church of England titles
Preceded by
David James
Bishop of Pontefract
Succeeded by
as Area Bishop of Wakefield
Preceded by
as Bishop of Pontefract
Area Bishop of Wakefield