James Bell (bishop)

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The Rt Revd
James Bell
Area Bishop of Ripon[1]
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Leeds (2014–present)
Diocese of Ripon and Leeds (2004–2014)
Installed 14 March 2004
Predecessor Frank Weston
Other posts Bishop of Knaresborough (former name of suffragan See of Ripon)
Interim area bishop in Leeds (20–22 April 2014)[1]
Ordination 1975
Consecration 2 March 2004[2]
by David Hope
Personal details
Born (1950-11-20) 20 November 1950 (age 64)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater St John's College, Durham

James Harold Bell (born 20 November 1950) is a British Anglican bishop. He is the current area Bishop of Ripon in the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.[3][1]

Early life[edit]

Bell studied modern history at St John's College, Durham (BA 1972).[2] Then began a 10 year residence in Oxford, where from 1972 until 1975 he studied for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, meanwhile matriculating in the University of Oxford as a member of St Peter's Hall, taking a BA in Theology in 1974 (having read for the Final Honour School alone) and incepting as a Master of Arts in 1978.

Ordained ministry[edit]

Upon his ordination as a deacon in 1975 he was appointed Honorary Curate of Oxford St Michael with St Martin and All Saints and the following year, having been ordained priest, he because Chaplain and Lecturer of Brasenose College until 1982.[4] He held several pastoral posts in West London[5] before moving to the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds in 1997. Initially Director of Mission (and an Honorary Canon of Ripon Cathedral) he was appointed to Knaresborough following the death of Bishop Frank Weston.

Bell was consecrated a bishop by David Hope, Archbishop of York, during a service at York Minster on 2 March 2004. He was installed as Bishop of Knaresborough at Ripon Cathedral on 14 March 2004.[2]


  • James Bell Esq (1950–1975)
  • The Revd James Bell (1975–1997)
  • The Revd Canon James Bell (1997–2004)
  • The Rt Revd James Bell (2004–present)


  1. ^ a b c The Transformation Programme – First new diocese for more than 85 years created on April 20 (Accessed 19 April 2014)
  2. ^ a b c Cumberland & Westmorland Herald — Former Eden school pupil becomes a bishop
  3. ^ Suffragan See of Knaresborough
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory (97th edn. London: Church House Publishing, 2001), p. 55
  5. ^ "Debrett's People of Today": Ellis,P(Ed): 2006, London, Debtrett's ISBN 1-870520-03-3
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Frank Weston
Bishop of Knaresborough
Succeeded by
as Area Bishop of Ripon
Preceded by
as Bishop of Knaresborough
Area Bishop of Ripon