John Ford (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
John Ford
Bishop of The Murray
Church Anglican Church of Australia
Diocese Diocese of The Murray
Predecessor Ross Davies
Other posts Bishop of Plymouth, UK (2005-2013)
Ordination 1980
Consecration 13 December 2005
by Rowan Williams
Personal details
Born (1952-01-14) 14 January 1952 (age 65)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Bridget[1]
Children 3 sons: Benedict, Daniel, Justin[2]
Alma mater Southampton College of Technology

John Frank Ford[3] (born 14 January 1952) is a British Anglican bishop. Since 2013, he has been the Bishop of The Murray in the Anglican Church of Australia. From 2005 to 2013, he was the Bishop of Plymouth, a suffragan see in the Diocese of Exeter, England.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ford was educated at the Southampton College of Technology.[4] From 1976 to 1979, he studied for ordination at Chichester Theological College.[5][6]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Ford was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1979 and as a priest in 1980.[6] He began his career with a curacy at Christ Church, Forest Hill[7] after which he was Vicar of St Augustine's Lee and then domestic chaplain to the Bishop of Horsham. From 1994 to 2000, he served as diocesan missioner for the Diocese of Chichester. From 2000 to 2005, he was a residentiary canon and precentor of Chichester Cathedral.[6]

Episcopal ministry[edit]

On 13 December 2005, Ford was consecrated a bishop in Exeter Cathedral by Rowan Williams, the then Archbishop of Canterbury.[5] He served as Bishop of Plymouth, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Exeter, between 2005 and 2013. From 2011 to 2013, he also held the post of assistant bishop in the Diocese of Truro.[6][8]

On 30 June 2013, Ford was announced as the next diocesan bishop of the Diocese of The Murray in South Australia. He was installed as the fourth Bishop of The Murray on 6 December 2013.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Ford is a keen cricket fan.[10] He is married to Bridget. Together, they have three children.[11]



  1. ^ a b c Official notification of appointment
  2. ^ Exeter Diocese News — December 2005
  3. ^ Anglican Communion website
  4. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  5. ^ a b "Plymouth gets new Bishop". BBC News. 15 December 2005. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d "J F Ford". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 30 November 2015.  (subscription required)
  7. ^ Church history
  8. ^ "Who's who; Bishop's staff". Diocese of Truro. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  9. ^ Williams, David (30 June 2013). "New Bishop for Diocese of The Murray" (pdf). Diocese of The Murray. The Anglican Church of Australia. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Debrett's People of Today. London: Debrett's, 2008 ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9
  11. ^ "Bishop of Plymouth to move to Australia". Western Morning News. 3 July 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Garton
Bishop of Plymouth
2005 to 2013
Succeeded by
Nick McKinnel
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Ross Davies
Bishop of The Murray
2013 to present