Colin Fletcher (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Colin Fletcher
Bishop of Dorchester
Diocese Diocese of Oxford
In office 2000–present
Predecessor Anthony Russell
Other posts Chaplain to George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury (1993–2000)
Acting Bishop of Oxford (2 June 200623 March 2007 & 31 October 2014September 2016)
Ordination 1976
Consecration October 2000
Personal details
Born (1950-11-17) 17 November 1950 (age 65)
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 2000, succeeding Anthony Russell on his appointment as Bishop of Ely. He was consecrated as a bishop in Westminster Abbey by George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, in October 2000. Following the retirement of Richard Harries as Bishop of Oxford, Fletcher was Acting Bishop of Oxford until the appointment of John Pritchard; in 2014 he became acting bishop again following Pritchard's retirement.[8]


Fletcher was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire 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 Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury.[9]

Private life[edit]

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



Church of England titles
Preceded by
Anthony Russell
Bishop of Dorchester