Colin Fletcher (bishop)

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The Right Revd
Colin Fletcher
Bishop of Dorchester
Acting Bishop of Oxford
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Oxford
Installed c. 2000
Predecessor Anthony Russell
Ordination 1976
Consecration October 2000
Personal details
Born (1950-11-17) 17 November 1950 (age 64)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Sarah[1]
Children 3 children
Alma mater Trinity College, Oxford

Colin Fletcher, OBE (born 17 November 1950) is a British Anglican bishop. He is the current area Bishop of Dorchester in the Diocese of Oxford.[2]

Early life and ministry[edit]

Fletcher was educated at Marlborough and Trinity College, Oxford.[3] After studying at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford he was ordained in 1976.[4] His ordained ministry began with a curacy at Shipley.[5]

Fletcher was then a tutor at Wycliffe Hall and after that Vicar of Holy Trinity in Margate[6] for eight years, before becoming chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury — a post he held for seven years. During his time as chaplain, he was co-chair of the Lambeth Group, which was set up to advise the British government on the "spiritual aspects of the millennium".[7]

Episcopal career[edit]

Fletcher was appointed to the episcopate in the 2000 Millennium Year, succeeding Anthony Russell on his appointment as Bishop of Ely. He was consecrated as a bishop in Westminster Abbey by the Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, in October 2000. Following the retirement of the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Richard Harries, Fletcher was Acting Bishop of Oxford until the appointment of the Rt Revd John Pritchard; in 2014 he became acting bishop again following Pritchard's retirement.[8]


Fletcher was awarded the OBE in the Millennium Honours List.

In 2008 he was awarded the Cross of St Augustine, the second highest international award for outstanding service to the Anglican Communion, by the Archbishop of Canterbury.[9]

Private life[edit]

A keen ornithologist,[10] Fletcher is married with three children.


  • Colin Fletcher Esq (1950–1976)
  • The Revd Colin Fletcher (1976–1988)
  • The Revd Canon Colin Fletcher (1988–2000)
  • The Rt Revd Colin Fletcher (2000–present)


Church of England titles
Preceded by
Anthony Russell
Bishop of Dorchester