David Bentley (bishop of Gloucester)

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David Bentley
Bishop of Gloucester
Diocese Diocese of Gloucester
Installed 1993
Term ended 2003 (retirement)
Predecessor Peter Ball
Successor Michael Perham
Other posts Bishop of Lynn (1986–1993)
Ordination 1961
Consecration July 1986[1]
Personal details
Born (1935-08-07) 7 August 1935 (age 82)
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Clarice Bentley
Children Katharine Gorick, Simon Bentley, Rachel Harrison, Matthew Bentley
Alma mater University 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]


  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.
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