David Bentley (bishop of Gloucester)

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David Bentley
Bishop of Gloucester
DioceseDiocese of Gloucester
Term ended2003 (retirement)
PredecessorPeter Ball
SuccessorMichael Perham
Other postsBishop of Lynn (1986–1993)
ConsecrationJuly 1986[1]
Personal details
Born (1935-08-07) 7 August 1935 (age 84)
SpouseClarice Bentley
ChildrenKatharine Gorick, Simon Bentley, Rachel Harrison, Matthew Bentley
Alma materUniversity of Leeds

David Edward Bentley (born 7 August 1935) is a retired English bishop. He was formerly the Bishop of Lynn and, subsequently, the Bishop of Gloucester in the Church of England.

Bentley was educated at Great Yarmouth Grammar School and the University of Leeds. He studied for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge and was ordained in 1961.[2] He began his ordained ministry with as a curate at St Ambrose's Bristol and Holy Trinity with St Mary in Guildford;[3] after which he was rector of Headley, East Hampshire,[4] Rural Dean of Esher and (his final position before ordination to the episcopate) Warden of the Community of All Hallows, Ditchingham.[5] He was consecrated as a bishop on 22 July 1986, by Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Southwark Cathedral.[6]


  1. ^ Lords Hansard, 12 Jul 2000 : Column 222 (Accessed 26 April 2015)
  2. ^ Debrett's People of Today: (1992, London, Debrett's) ISBN 1-870520-09-2
  3. ^ Church website
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76, London: Oxford University Press, 1976, ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  5. ^ Who's Who 1992, London, A & C Black, 1991, ISBN 0-7136-3514-2.
  6. ^ "picture caption". Church Times (#6442). 1 August 1986. p. 2. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 1 June 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Aubrey Aitken
Bishop of Lynn
Succeeded by
David Conner
Preceded by
Peter Ball
Bishop of Gloucester
Succeeded by
Michael Perham