Graham Tomlin

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The Right Reverend
Graham Tomlin
Bishop of Kensington
Church Church of England
Diocese London
Installed 23 September 2015
Predecessor Paul Williams
Other posts President of St Mellitus College
Ordination 1986 (deacon)
1987 (priest)
Consecration 23 September 2015
by Justin Welby
Personal details
Born (1958-08-01) 1 August 1958 (age 60)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Janet
Alma mater Lincoln College, Oxford

Graham Stuart Tomlin (born 1 August 1958)[1] is a British theologian, author and Church of England bishop. Since September 2015, he has been Bishop of Kensington, an area bishop in the Diocese of London. From 2007 until 2015, he was Dean then Principal of St Mellitus College.

Early life[edit]

Tomlin was born in 1958.[2] His father was a Baptist minister. He was brought up a Christian but became an atheist during his teenage years. He was educated at Bristol Grammar School; the school was at first an all-boys direct grant grammar school, before becoming an independent school in 1976.[3]

He studied English literature at Lincoln College, Oxford and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the University of Oxford in 1980; as per tradition, this BA degree was promoted to a Master of Arts (MA (Oxon)) degree in 1983.[2][4] He returned to Oxford to study theology and train for ordained ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.[5] He graduated from the University of Oxford with another BA degree in 1985.[2]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Tomlin was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1986 and as a priest in 1987.[2] He was curate of a church in Exeter[6] before returning to Oxford to be chaplain (1989–1994) of Jesus College and a tutor in historical theology and evangelism at Wycliffe Hall, where he eventually became the vice-principal. He was for several years a member of the Faculty of Theology of Oxford University, teaching on the Reformation and contemporary mission and culture, before moving to London in 2005.[4]

He was the Principal of St Mellitus College,[7] a new church training institution set up by the Bishops of London and Chelmsford, providing theological education across London, Essex, and since 2013 Liverpool and the North-West too through their new centre there, based at Liverpool Cathedral. He was also Principal of St Paul's Theological Centre, which is based at Holy Trinity Brompton, and a constituent member of St Mellitus College.[6]

He is a member of the Church of England's College of Evangelists.

Episcopal ministry[edit]

On 2 July 2015, it was announced that Tomlin would become Bishop of Kensington, an area bishop in the Diocese of London.[8] On 23 September 2015, he was consecrated a bishop in Canterbury Cathedral by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Tomlin lives in West London with his wife, Janet, and has two children, Samuel and Sian. He is an avid supporter of Bristol City Football Club, Manchester United Football Club, and English Cricket.


Tomlin is the author of many articles and several books,[11] including:

  • The Power of the Cross: Theology and the Death of Christ in Paul, Luther and Pascal (Paternoster 1999)
  • Walking in His Steps: 'A Guide to Exploring the Land of the Bible' (Harper Collins 2001) – with Peter Walker
  • The Provocative Church (SPCK 2002)
  • Luther and his World (Lion 2002) - also translated into Hungarian (Luther és kora = Luther and His Age) by Bea Kovács and edited by Scolar Editions Budapest, 2003. Translated into Swedish, "Luther och hans värld" By Gerd Swensson 2017, Votum.
  • The Responsive Church: Listening to Our World - Listening to God (Inter-Varsity Press 2005) - with Nick Spencer
  • Spiritual Fitness: Christian Character in a Consumer Culture (Continuum 2006)
  • The Seven Deadly Sins and How to Overcome Them (Lion Hudson 2007)
  • Looking Through The Cross - The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2014 (Bloomsbury Continuum)
  • The Widening Circle
  • Bound to be Free (forthcoming)


  1. ^ Tomlin, Graham Stuart. Who's Who. 2016 (November 2015 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 24 July 2016.  closed access publication – behind paywall
  2. ^ a b c d "Graham Stuart Tomlin"Paid subscription required. Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 22 June 2018. 
  3. ^ "Order of Service: Ordination and Consecration of the new Bishops of Maidstone, Kensington and Edmonton" (pdf). Canterbury Cathedral. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Dr Graham Tomlin" (PDF). Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Suffragan Bishop for Kensington: Graham Tomlin". Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street. GOV.UK. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Staff". St Paul's Theological Centre. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Graham Tomlin appointed Dean of the new St Mellitus College". St Paul's theological centre. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  8. ^ Diocese of London – Graham Tomlin announced as the new Bishop of Kensington (Accessed 2 July 2015)
  9. ^ Diocese of London – A new Bishop of Kensington (Accessed 2 July 2015)
  10. ^ "Ordination and Consecration of the new Bishops of Maidstone, Kensington and Edmonton". Canterbury Cathedral. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Graham Tomlin (Author of Provocative Church)". Goodreads. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Paul Williams
Bishop of Kensington
2015 to present