Graham James (bishop)

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His Lordship The Right Reverend
Graham James
Lord Bishop of Norwich
Official portrait of The Lord Bishop of Norwich crop 2.jpg
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Norwich
In office 1999–present
Predecessor Peter Nott
Other posts Bishop of St Germans (1993–1999)
Orders
Ordination 1975 (deacon); 1976 (priest)
by Douglas Feaver
Consecration 23 February 1993
by George Carey
Personal details
Born (1951-01-19) 19 January 1951 (age 67)
Bideford, Devon, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence Bishop's House, Norwich
Parents Lionel & Florence James
Spouse
Julie Freemantle (m. 1978)
Children three (one died)
Alma mater Lancaster University

Graham Richard James (born 19 January 1951) is a British Anglican bishop. He has been the Bishop of Norwich since 1999.

Early life and education[edit]

James was born in Bideford, Devon, the son of a priest Lionel James and his wife Florence. He was educated at Northampton Grammar School, the University of Lancaster, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1972, the University of Oxford, where he received a diploma in theology in 1974 and Cuddesdon Theological College, Oxford.

Ordained ministry[edit]

James was ordained deacon at Michaelmas 1975 (21 September)[1] and priest the next Michaelmas (26 September 1976), both times by Douglas Feaver, Bishop of Peterborough, at Peterborough Cathedral.[2] He was assistant curate of Christ the Carpenter Church, Dogsthorpe[3] from 1975 to 1978. From there he moved to Christ the King, Digswell, from 1979 to 1983, became a member of the Advisory Council for the Church's Ministry in 1983 and held this post until 1987. Between 1983 and 1985, he was Selection Secretary and Secretary for Continuing Education and between 1985 and 1987 Senior Selection Secretary. He was Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1987 to 1993.

Episcopal ministry[edit]

On 23 February 1993, James was consecrated a bishop by George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, during a service at Westminster Abbey.[4] He was the Bishop of St Germans in the Diocese of Truro from 1993 to 1999. Since 1995, he has been a member of the General Synod of the Church of England and since 1999 the 71st Bishop of Norwich. He was installed at Norwich Cathedral on 29 January 2000.[5] In 2004, James became a Lord Spiritual and to sit in the House of Lords. Since 2006, he is also a member of the Archbishops' Council and Chair of the Ministry Division, Church of England. He chairs the BBC's Standing Conference on Religion and Belief.

It has been announced that James intends to retire in "early 2019".[6]

Personal life[edit]

James has been married to Julie Anne Freemantle since 1978. They have two surviving children; another died in infancy.[7]

Styles[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "September ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#5876). 26 September 1975. p. 15. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 6 May 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ "Ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#5929). 1 October 1976. p. 4. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 6 May 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ A Church Near You. "Christ the Carpenter Church". Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  4. ^ "News: Briefly (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#6785). 26 February 1993. p. 4. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 11 October 2015. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ Bishop of Norwich, Graham James (Diocese of Norwich)
  6. ^ Diocese of Norwich — Bishop of Norwich announces retirement (Accessed 29 May 2018)
  7. ^ "Norwich Bishop's grief over daughter's death". Network Norwich and Norfolk. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Richard Llewellin
Bishop of St Germans
1993–1999
Succeeded by
Roy Screech
Preceded by
Peter Nott
Bishop of Norwich
1999–present
Incumbent