David Walker (bishop of Manchester)

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David Walker

Bishop of Manchester
NWHLRC unveiling (David Walker cropped).jpg
Walker in 2014
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Manchester
In office2013–present
PredecessorNigel McCulloch
Other post(s)Bishop of Dudley (2000–2013; area bishop until 2002)[1]
Ordination1983 (deacon)
1984 (priest)
by David Lunn
by George Carey
Personal details
Born (1957-05-30) 30 May 1957 (age 65)
ResidenceBishopscourt, Broughton[2]
(m. 1980)
Alma materKing's College, Cambridge
Member of the House of Lords
(Lord Spiritual)
Assumed office
7 September 2020

David Stuart Walker TSSF (born 30 May 1957) is a British Anglican bishop. Since 2013, he has been the Bishop of Manchester. He had previously been the Bishop of Dudley, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Worcester, from 2000 to 2013.

Early life[edit]

Walker was born on 30 May 1957. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School, then an all-boys direct grant grammar school in Manchester. He competed in the International Mathematical Olympiad in 1975.[3] Walker studied at King's College, Cambridge.[4] He trained for ministry at Queen's College, Edgbaston.[2]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Walker was ordained in the Church of England: made a deacon at Petertide 1983 (3 July)[5] and ordained a priest the Petertide following (1 July 1984), both times by David Lunn, Bishop of Sheffield, at Sheffield Cathedral.[6] Walker's ordained ministry began as a curate at St Mary Handsworth, after which he was a team vicar at Maltby, then Bramley before ordination to the episcopate.

Walker was consecrated as a bishop on 30 November 2000 by George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury,[7] at St Paul's Cathedral.[8] During his time as Bishop of Dudley, Walker was Acting Bishop of Worcester (as the sole suffragan of the diocese) during the 2007 interregnum between the retirement of Peter Selby and confirmation of John Inge.[9]

Walker's nomination to be the next Bishop of Manchester was announced on 5 June 2013;[10] his canonical election to the see was confirmed on 7 October 2013;[11] and he was enthroned at Manchester Cathedral on 30 November 2013.[12] Walker was awarded a doctorate in 2014 after research, at Warwick University, on how people belong to their churches, particularly in rural Anglicanism.

Since 2014, Walker has been vice-president of Affirming Catholicism.[13] He is a member of the Third Order of the Society of St Francis (TSSF).[14]

Walker was introduced into the House of Lords on 7 September 2020.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Walker is a keen hill walker.[16] He married Susan in 1980 and together they have two children;[4] he ordained her deacon at Manchester Cathedral on 1 July 2018, to serve as assistant curate in Prestwich.[17]



  1. ^ GS 1445: Report of the Dioceses Commission, Diocese of Worcester (Accessed 23 April 2014)
  2. ^ a b "David Stuart Walker". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  3. ^ David Walker's results at International Mathematical Olympiad
  4. ^ a b "Walker, David Stuart". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. Vol. 2017 (November 2016 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 23 June 2017. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  5. ^ "Ordinations". Church Times. No. 6282. 8 July 1983. p. 15. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 23 June 2017 – via UK Press Online archives.
  6. ^ "Petertide ordinations". Church Times. No. 6334. 6 July 1984. p. 4. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 23 June 2017 – via UK Press Online archives.
  7. ^ Diocese of Worcester — New Bishop of Dudley announced (Archived at archive.org, 9 December 2000. Retrieved 23 June 2017)
  8. ^ Diocese of Worcester — Diocese welcomes new Bishop of Dudley (Archived at archive.org, 8 March 2001. Retrieved 23 June 2017)
  9. ^ "Trust chaplaincy service secured". 9 November 2007.
  10. ^ Press release: Diocese of Manchester. Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street.
  11. ^ Diocese of Worcester – David becoming Bishop of Manchester: key dates (Archived 7 December 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2015)
  12. ^ Bishop David Walker enthroned as Bishop of Manchester. BBC News.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 April 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Staff and trustees". Church Urban Fund. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  15. ^ "Diocese of Manchester - News - Bishop David to join the House of Lords". www.manchester.anglican.org. Archived from the original on 21 September 2020.
  16. ^ Debrett's People of Today London, 2008 Debrett's, ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9
  17. ^ "Petertide Ordinations".
Church of England titles
Preceded by Bishop of Dudley
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Manchester
Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
Dr John Rigby
President of the Manchester Statistical Society
Succeeded by
Dr Fred Wheeler