David Wilbourne

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The Right Reverend
David Wilbourne
Assistant Bishop of Llandaff
Bishop David Wilbourne, Llandaff.jpg
Church Church in Wales
Diocese Diocese of Llandaff
In office 2009 to 2017
  • 1981 (deacon)
  • 1982 (priest)
Consecration 4 April 2009
Personal details
Birth name David Wilbourne
Born 1955 (age 61–62)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater

David Wilbourne (born 1955) is an Anglican bishop in the Church in Wales. The son of a priest, he has spent the majority of his ministry in Yorkshire. He was appointed the Assistant Bishop of Llandaff in 2009, working alongside the Archbishop of Wales in Cardiff and surrounding areas.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

David Wilbourne was born in 1955 in Derbyshire, schooled in Yorkshire, studied Natural Sciences and Theology at Jesus College, Cambridge and trained for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge. Prior to ordination, David worked for Barclays Bank in central Hull for six years and taught Greek and New Testament Studies as a University Supervisor.[2]

Ordained ministry[edit]

He returned to Yorkshire as a priest, ministering first in urban Middlesbrough, then in a shadow-urban parish north of Pontefract. He then moved on to be the Archbishop of York's chaplain, working with John Habgood for four years prior to his retirement and then continuing to work with his successor, David Hope. He was also Director of Ordinands, selecting women and men for the ordained ministry and taking them through training to their first post. In September 1997 he moved from Bishopthorpe to be Vicar of Helmsley, a moorland market town in North Yorkshire, which has now become a minister church serving eight other churches. Archbishop John Sentamu collated him as a non-residentiary canon of York Minister in 2008.[3] During his time in Helmsley, he was also Chair of Governors of both Helmsley Primary School and Ryedale Comprehensive School, and a consultant to Archbishop Sentamu.[4]

  • Curate of Stainton-in-Cleveland (1981-1985)
  • Rector of Monk Fryston and South Milford (1985-1991)
  • Chaplain to Archbishop of York and Director of Ordinands (1991-1997)
  • Vicar of Helmsley (1997–2009)
  • Canon and Prebendary York Minster (2008-2009)

Episcopal ministry[edit]

In 2009 he was consecrated Assistant Bishop of Llandaff. As such, he worked with the Archbishop of Wales, serving a diocese which runs from Cardiff to the outskirts of Swansea and from the Vale of Glamorgan to the Heads of the Valleys. In 2010, 2011 and 2013 he led a fifteen part Lent course across the diocese including teaching and questions. He has also acted as Continuing Ministerial Development Officer, Initial Ministerial Education Officer and Director of Ordinands over a 30-month period.[5] In 2012 he called on each of the Diocese's 225 serving clergy with the gift of a Lent book, making 70 of the calls on his bicycle.[6]

In March 2017, it was announced that he would be stepping down as Assistant Bishop of Llandaff. He did so on 16 April 2017.[7]


Archbishop’s Diary (SPCK 1995)[5]

A Vicar’s Diary (HarperCollins 1998 and 1999)[5]

A Virgin’s Diary (SPCK 1999) [5]

A Summer’s Diary (Harper Collins 2001, Zondervan 2002) Sequel to A Vicar’s Diary [5]

You were made for me (SPCK 2001) [5]

Church Times Diary column 1996 – 2008 [8]

The Tablet (12 July 2008) "Radicals, Reaction and Evolution" [9]

The Spectator (Christmas 2008) "God rest ye merry capitalists" [10]

Church Times Reviewer 1998 – present.[11]

Helmsley Chronicles (DLT 2012) [12]

Christmas Message 2012 [13]

Expecting Christ (York Courses 2013) [14]

Jesus: the voice that makes us turn (York Courses 2014) [15]

Shepherd of Another Flock (Pan Macmillan 2017) [16]


  1. ^ "UK | Wales | New bishops in joint consecration". BBC News. 2009-04-04. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  2. ^ "Yr Eglwys yng Nghymru". The Church in Wales. Archived from the original on 2009-03-07. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  3. ^ "David Wilbourne". Helmsley Parish. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  4. ^ "Ryedale vicar learns Welsh for new role (From Gazette & Herald)". Gazetteherald.co.uk. 2009-02-19. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "The Diocese of Llandaff". Mkomor.plus.com. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  6. ^ http://www.churchtimes.org.uk/section.asp?id=124088
  7. ^ Morrell, Anna (30 March 2017). "Assistant Bishop steps down". The Church in Wales. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  8. ^ "Diary". Churchtimes.co.uk. 2007-01-10. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  9. ^ "International Catholic weekly newspaper". The Tablet. Archived from the original on 2012-06-27. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  10. ^ David Wilbourne (2008-12-12). "Thought for the day". The Spectator. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  11. ^ "A Good Friday people". Churchtimes.co.uk. 2012-01-23. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  12. ^ Published on Monday 21 May 2012 00:00 (2012-05-21). "Answer to a Lord’s prayer - Health and Family". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  13. ^ "A true story that makes the world catch its breath". The Church in Wales. 2012-12-21. Retrieved 2012-12-21. [permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Expecting Christ". York Courses. 2013-04-08. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  15. ^ "Jesus: the voice that makes us turn". York Courses. 2014-12-16. Retrieved 2014-12-16. 
  16. ^ "Shepherd of Another Flock". panmacmillan.com. 2017-04-05. Retrieved 2017-04-05.