Jack Nicholls

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Jack Nicholls
Bishop of Sheffield
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Nicholls at his investiture as Prelate of the Venerable Order of St John in 2014
Diocese Diocese of Sheffield
In office 1997–16 July 2008
Predecessor David Lunn
Successor Steven Croft
Other posts Prelate of the Venerable Order of Saint John
25 June 2007–present[1]
Bishop of Lancaster
Consecration 25 April 1990[2]
Personal details
Born (1943-07-16) 16 July 1943 (age 73)
Denomination Anglican
Parents James Williams
, Nellie Nicholls
Spouse Judith Dagnall (m. 1969)
Children 2 sons, 2 daughters
Alma mater King's College London

John "Jack" Nicholls GCStJ (born 16 July 1943) is a British retired Anglican bishop who was former the Bishop of Sheffield.

Nicholls is the son of James and Nellie Nicholls and was educated in Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School, King's College, London and St Boniface College, Warminster. He is currently the Chaplain of the Church Lads' and Church Girls' Brigade.

Nicholls was curate of St Clement with St Cyprian, Salford from 1967 to 1969, curate of All Saints and Martyrs, Manchester from 1969 to 1972, and vicar from 1972 to 1978. Between 1978 and 1983, he was director of pastoral studies at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield and between 1983 and 1990 a residential canon of Manchester Cathedral. In 1990, he became suffragan Bishop of Lancaster, a post he held until 1997 when he was appointed 6th Bishop of Sheffield. He retired on his 65th birthday, 16 July 2008.

He was introduced in the House of Lords as a Lord Spiritual on 4 March 2003.[3]

Nicholls has been married to Judith Dagnall since 1969; they have two sons and two daughters.


  1. ^ Order of St John – Annual Report & Accounts 2007
  2. ^ "Bishop of Sheffield – Diocese of Sheffield". Archived from the original on 12 May 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  3. ^ House of Lords (3 April 2003). "Announcement of his introduction at the House Lords". minutes of proceedings. Retrieved 26 November 2006. 

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