Andrew Watson (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Andrew Watson
Bishop of Guildford
Diocese Diocese of Guildford
In office 2014–present
Predecessor Christopher Hill
Other posts Bishop of Aston (2008–2014)
Ordination 1987
Consecration 28 October 2008[1]
Personal details
Born (1961-07-16) 16 July 1961 (age 55)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Beverly
Children Two daughters and two sons
Occupation also author
Alma mater Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

Andrew John Watson (born 16 July 1961) is the Bishop of Guildford in the Church of England.[2] He formerly served as Bishop of Aston.[3]

Watson was educated at Winchester College and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.[4] He was ordained in 1987 after theological studies at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. His first positions were curacies at St Peter's Ipsley in the Diocese of Worcester (1987–1991) and Ss John and Peter's Notting Hill in the Diocese of London (1991–1996), after which he was Vicar of St Stephen's East Twickenham, from which three new churches were planted.[5] He was also the Area Dean of Hampton from 2003 until becoming a bishop.[6][7] In 2008 he was appointed as Bishop of Aston and on 26 September 2014 it was announced that he would be translated to Bishop of Guildford.[5][8] The confirmation of his election to the See of Guildford occurred on 24 November 2014;[9] his ministry was inaugurated at Guildford Cathedral on 28 February 2015.[2]

Watson is married to Beverly, who was ordained a deacon in 2008. They have four children: Hannah, Samuel, Joseph and Lydia.[10] He is the author of The Fourfold Leadership of Jesus,[11] Confidence in the Living God (2009),[12] and The Way of the Desert (2011).[13][14] He regularly speaks on the themes of Church Growth and Renewal in the UK, Norway and Sweden. He is on the board of the Queen's Foundation, Birmingham and the Archbishops' College of Evangelists and chairs the CPAS Trustees and the Panel for World Mission and the Anglican Communion.

In February 2015, his handling of the controversy over anti-semitic material that was shared online by Stephen Sizer was praised by the Jewish community.[15]

In February 2017 he alleged that as a young man he was beaten by John Smyth.[16][17]



  1. ^ Worcester Diocese — New Bishop of Aston... Archived August 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ Daily Telegraph, "Appointments in the clergy", p. 28, 8 September 2008
  4. ^ Church of England press release
  5. ^ a b BBC announcement
  6. ^ "New Bishop of Aston announced"
  7. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009, Lambeth, Church House Publishing, ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  8. ^
  9. ^ Diocese of Guildford – Confirmation of election of new Bishop of Guildford (Accessed 28 January 2015)
  10. ^ "New Bishop of Aston announced". The Church of England. 2 September 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-09-15. 
  11. ^ The Fourfold Leadership of Jesus
  12. ^ Confidence in the living God
  13. ^ New Lent Courses 2012 - The Way of The Desert by Andrew Watson: connecting the Exodus to the Everyday
  14. ^ A review of The Way of the Desert
  15. ^
  16. ^,-andrew-watson.aspx
  17. ^ "C of E bishop: I was subject of 'excruciating' beating by John Smyth". The Guardian. 6 February 2017. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
Church of England titles
Title last held by
John Austin
Bishop of Aston
Succeeded by
Anne Hollinghurst
Preceded by
Christopher Hill
Bishop of Guildford