John Dennis (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
John Dennis
Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
In office 1986–1996
Predecessor John Waine
Successor Richard Lewis
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Winchester (1996–present)
Bishop of Knaresborough
Consecration c. 1979
Personal details
Born (1931-06-19) 19 June 1931 (age 87)
Denomination Anglican
Children John Dennis
Hugh Dennis
Alma mater St Catharine's College, Cambridge

John Dennis (born 19 June 1931) is a retired Anglican bishop and former Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. He is currently an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Winchester.[1]


Dennis was educated at Rutlish School, Merton (where his father taught biology) and St Catharine's College, Cambridge[2] before studying for ordination at Cuddesdon College, Oxford.


After curacies in Armley and Kettering[3] he was appointed vicar of the Isle of Dogs in 1962, transferring to John Keble Church, Mill Hill in 1971. After appointment as a prebendary of St Paul’s Cathedral, London in 1977, he became the Bishop of Knaresborough in 1979,[4] and then the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich in 1986. He retired to Winchester in 1996.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Dennis has two sons, the elder of whom was appointed British Ambassador to Angola in 2014[6] and the younger is actor and comedian Hugh Dennis.


  1. ^ "The Parish of St. Matthew with St. Paul: Staff". 
  2. ^ Who's Who 1992 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3514-2
  3. ^ "Debrett's People of Today": ed. Ellis, P. (1992, London, Debtrett's), ISBN 1-870520-09-2
  4. ^ The Times, 11 November 1983; p. 3; Issue 61687; col A, "Synod hears amendment from Bishop of Knaresborough"
  5. ^ Entry at Crockford Clerical Directory.
  6. ^ "British Ambassador to Angola – John Dennis". Foreign and Commonwealth Office.