James Langstaff (bishop)

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James Langstaff
Bishop of Rochester
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ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Rochester
In office2010–present
PredecessorMichael Nazir-Ali
Other postsBishop of Lynn (2004–2010)
Ordination1981 (deacon)
1982 (priest)
by David Brown
Consecration21 June 2004[1]
by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
Personal details
Born (1956-06-27) 27 June 1956 (age 62)
ResidenceBishopscourt, Rochester
ParentsHenry Langstaff & Jillian (née Brooks, now Harper)
Bridget (m. 1977)
Alma materSt Catherine's College, Oxford
University of Nottingham

James Henry Langstaff (born 27 June 1956) is a British Anglican bishop. Since December 2010, he has been Bishop of Rochester.[3][4] From 2004 to 2010, he was Bishop of Lynn, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Norwich.

Early life[edit]

Langstaff was born on 27 June 1956.[5] He was educated at Cheltenham College, a public school in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.[5] He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Catherine's College, Oxford, and graduated from the University of Oxford with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1977; as per tradition, his BA was promoted a Master of Arts (MA (Oxon)) degree in 1981.[5]

In 1978, he entered St John's College, Nottingham, an Anglican theological college in the open evangelical tradition.[6] He studied theology at the University of Nottingham and graduated with a BA degree in 1980. He then remained for a further year at St John's College to study for ordained ministry and completed a Diploma in Pastoral Studies.[5]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Langstaff was made a deacon at Petertide 1981 (28 June)[7] and ordained a priest the Petertide following (27 June 1982) — both times by David Brown, Bishop of Guildford, at Guildford Cathedral.[8] He began his ordained ministry with a curacy at St Peter's Farnborough, Hampshire,[9] after which he was Vicar of St Matthew's Church, Duddeston and Nechells and St Clement's Church, Nechells. He was then chaplain to Mark Santer, Bishop of Birmingham, and Area Dean of Sutton Coldfield before his appointment as Bishop of Lynn in 2004. Langstaff was installed as the suffragan Bishop of Lynn on 26 June 2004.[1]

On 22 June 2010, Langstaff's translation to the See of Rochester was announced,[10] where he succeeded Michael Nazir-Ali. He was installed at Rochester Cathedral on 11 December 2010.[11]

In April 2013 Langstaff became one of the patrons of West Kent YMCA,[12][13] a charity supporting young people in parts of the Rochester diocese, drawing on his interest in social housing and development.[14][15]

In 2013, Langstaff also became the Bishop to Prisons and in February 2014 became one of the bishops in the House of Lords.[15]

Langstaff is also Chair of the Board for Housing Justice, a national Christian charity which seeks to give voice to the church on issues of housing and homelessness.

Rt Rev. James Langstaff is also Patron of the charity Prisoners Abroad, Which provides a lifeline for British citizens and their families during and after imprisonment overseas.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Langstaff is married to Bridget, with two children.[17]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "FindArticles.com - CBSi". findarticles.com. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Page cannot be found (Diocese of Norwich)". www.norwich.anglican.org. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b Official notification of appointment Archived 19 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Office, Anglican Communion. "Page not found - Anglican Communion". Anglican Communion Website. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d Langstaff, James Henry. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2017 (November 2016 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 9 June 2017. closed access
  6. ^ "James Henry Langstaff". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Petertide ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#6177). 3 July 1981. p. 16. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 7 September 2018. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter |subscription= (help)
  8. ^ "Petertide ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#6229). 2 July 1982. p. 4. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 9 June 2017. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter |subscription= (help)
  9. ^ "St Peter's Church". www.stpetersfarnborough.org.uk. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Diocese of Rochester". number10.gov.uk. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Diocese of Rochester" (PDF). www.rochester.anglican.org. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  12. ^ "West Kent YMCA - News Article". www.westkentymca.org.uk. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  13. ^ "West Kent YMCA - News Article". www.westkentymca.org.uk. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  14. ^ Press release http://www.westkentymca.org.uk/documents/pr-26042013
  15. ^ a b "The Lord Bishop of Rochester". UK Parliament. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  16. ^ "Patrons". Prisoners Abroad. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Biography - Bishop James Langstaff" Anglican
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Tony Foottit
Bishop of Lynn
Succeeded by
Jonathan Meyrick
Preceded by
Michael Nazir-Ali
Bishop of Rochester