David Smith (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
David Smith
Bishop of Bradford
Diocese Diocese of Bradford
In office 1992–2002
Predecessor Roy Williamson
Successor David James
Other posts Archdeacon of Lindisfarne (1981–1987)
Bishop of Maidstone (1987–1992)
Bishop to the Forces (1990–1992)
Honorary assistant bishop in York and Europe (2002–present)
Ordination c. 1959 (deacon); c. 1960 (priest)
Consecration 6 June 1987[1]
Personal details
Born (1935-07-14) 14 July 1935 (age 81)
Hertfordshire, UK
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Parents Stanley & Gwendolen Smith
Spouse Mary Moult (m. 1961)
Children 1 son; 1 daughter
Alma mater King's College London

David James Smith (born 14 July 1935) is a retired Anglican bishop of the Church of England.


Born in Hertfordshire and educated at King's College London,[2] he was ordained in 1959.

His first post was as an assistant curate at All Saints' Gosforth,[3] after which he became the assistant curate of St Francis High Heaton. Following this, he was Priest in Charge St Mary Magdalene, Longbenton and then Vicar of Longhirst with Hebron. He next became Vicar of St Mary's Monkseaton.[4] He was subsequently the Rural Dean of Tynemouth and, in 1981, was collated Archdeacon of Lindisfarne. In 1987, he was ordained to the episcopate as Bishop of Maidstone and was translated in 1992 to be the Bishop of Bradford (until 2002).[5] From 1990 to 1992, he was also Bishop to the Forces.

He was a member of the House of Lords from 1997 to 2002. In retirement, he continues to serve as an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of York and Diocese of Europe.

He is a Fellow of King's College London (FKC) and, in 2001, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (DUniv) from the University of Bradford.

He is married to Mary and has a son and a daughter.


  1. ^ Diocese in Europe – Prayer Diary, January–June 2014 Archived 2014-04-27 at the Wayback Machine. (Accessed 27 April 2014)
  2. ^ Who’s Who 2008 (London, A & C Black, 2008) ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  3. ^ Church details
  4. ^ Crockford's clerical directory 2008 (London, Church House 2007) ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  5. ^ Debrett's, People of Today: Ed Ellis,P (London, Debtrett's, 1992) ISBN 1-870520-09-2
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Robert Hardy
Bishop of Maidstone
Succeeded by
Gavin Reid
Preceded by
Ronald Gordon
Bishop to the Forces
Succeeded by
John Kirkham
Preceded by
Roy Williamson
Bishop of Bradford
Succeeded by
David James