John Finney

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John Finney
MA(Oxon) DipTh
Bishop of Pontefract
Diocese Diocese of Wakefield
In office 1993–1998
Predecessor Richard Hare
Successor David James
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Southwell (1998–present)
Ordination 1958 (deacon); c. 1959 (priest)
Consecration 1993
Personal details
Born (1932-05-01) 1 May 1932 (age 85)
Denomination Anglican
Parents Arthur & Elaine
Spouse Sheila Russell (m. 1959)
Children 3 daughters
Profession Author (evangelism)
Alma mater Hertford College, Oxford

John Thornley Finney (born 1 May 1932) was the eighth Suffragan Bishop of Pontefract.[1]

He was educated at Charterhouse and Hertford College, Oxford.[2] Ordained in 1958, he began his career with curacies in Headington and Aylesbury[3] and was then successively Rector of Tollerton, Vicar of St Margarets Aspley[4] Adviser in Evangelism to the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham and then Officer for the Decade of Evangelism before ascending to the Episcopate[5] – a post he held from 1993 until 1998. An eminent author,[6] in retirement he continues to minister, as an honorary assistant bishop within the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.


  1. ^ Crockfords On line- accessed 2 December 2008
  2. ^ Who’s Who 2008 (London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  3. ^ Crockford’s (Ibid)
  4. ^ Church details
  5. ^ Diocesan profile
  6. ^ Amongst others he wrote “Saints Alive!”, 1983; “Understanding Leadership”, 1989; “Recovering the Past: Celtic and Roman mission”, 1996; “Fading Splendour?”, 2000; and “Emerging Evangelism”, 2004 > British Library Web-site accessed 22 December 2008
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Richard Hare
Bishop of Pontefract
Succeeded by
David James