Anthony Crockett

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The Right Reverend
Anthony Crockett
Bishop of Bangor
Bishop Anthony Crockett.jpg
Church Church in Wales
Diocese Diocese of Bangor
In office 2004 to 2008
Predecessor Saunders Davies
Successor Andrew John
Ordination 1971 (deacon)
1972 (priest)
Consecration 2004
Personal details
Birth name Phillip Anthony Crockett
Born (1945-08-23)23 August 1945
Died 30 June 2008(2008-06-30) (aged 62)
Nationality Welsh
Denomination Anglicanism
Profession Clergyman
Education Pontypridd County Grammar School
Alma mater King's College London
St Michael's College, Llandaff

Phillip Anthony "Tony" Crockett (23 August 1945 – 30 June 2008) was a Welsh Anglican bishop. He was the Bishop of Bangor from 2004 until his death from prostate cancer in 2008.

Early life and education[edit]

Crockett was born on 23 August 1945.[1] He was educated at Pontypridd County Grammar School, an all-boys state grammar school in Pontypridd.[2] He studied classics at King's College London, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1967.[1] He remained at King's to study theology in preparation for ordination, completing a Bachelor of Divinity (BD) degree and the Associateship of King's College (AKC) qualification in 1970.[1][3] He then underwent a year of training at St Michael's College, Llandaff, an Anglican theological college in Wales, leaving in 1971 to be ordained.[3]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Crockett was ordained in the Church in Wales as a deacon in 1971 and as a priest in 1972.[3] He was a curate at Aberdare and Whitchurch (Cardiff). From 1978 to 1986 he was Vicar of Llanafan y Trawsgoed then Rector of Dowlai before serving eight years as the Secretary of the Board of Ministry of the Church in Wales. A fluent Welsh speaker,[4] his final post before his ordination to the episcopate was as Archdeacon of Carmarthen (1999-2004).[5]

In 2004, Crockett became the Bishop of Bangor.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Crockett was the first divorced person in the United Kingdom to be appointed as a bishop in a mainstream church, amidst some controversy.[7][8] In 1985 he separated from his first wife, with whom he had three children. He married Caroline Ann Owen (born 1959) in 1999[8] and also ordained her in 2006.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "CROCKETT, Rt Rev. (Phillip) Anthony". Who Was Who. Oxford University Press. April 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Debrett's People of Today. London: Debrett's, 2008, ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9
  3. ^ a b c "Phillip Anthony Crockett". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 23 February 2017.  (subscription required)
  4. ^ BBC Wales obituary
  5. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 (100th edition), Church House Publishing, ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0)
  6. ^ Who's Who 2008: London: A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  7. ^ - "The Right Rev Anthony Crockett: Forthright Bishop of Bangor", The Independent, 11 July 2008.
  8. ^ a b "First divorced bishop appointed". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  9. ^ "The Right Reverend Anthony Crockett", The Daily Telegraph, 1 July 2008.
Church in Wales titles
Preceded by
Saunders Davies
Bishop of Bangor
Succeeded by
Andrew John