John Gladwin

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The Right Reverend
John Gladwin
Bishop of Chelmsford
Diocese Diocese of Chelmsford
Installed 2004
Term ended 31 August 2009 (retirement)
Predecessor John Perry
Successor Stephen Cottrell
Other posts Bishop of Guildford
Provost of Sheffield
Ordination 1967 (deacon)
1968 (priest)
Consecration 1994
Personal details
Born (1942-05-30) 30 May 1942 (age 74)
Hertford, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Lydia Adam (m. 1981)
Alma mater Churchill College, Cambridge

John Warren Gladwin (born 30 May 1942) is a retired Anglican bishop. From 2004 to 2009, he was the Bishop of Chelmsford in the Church of England.[1] He stands in the open evangelical tradition.

Early life[edit]

Gladwin was born on 30 May 1942 in Hertford, Hertfordshire, England.[2] He was educated at Hertford Grammar School and Churchill College, Cambridge (BA 1965, MA 1968).[3] His ministerial training was at Cranmer Hall, Durham (Diploma in Theology 1969).

Ordained ministry[edit]

He was ordained deacon in 1967, priest in 1968, and bishop in 1994.[4]

He was Provost of Sheffield from 1988 to 1994 and Bishop of Guildford from 1994 to 2004 when he was appointed to be Bishop of Chelmsford.[5] He has been a member of the House of Lords since 1999.

Christian engagement with public affairs has been a constant theme throughout his ministry. For six years he was Director of the Shaftesbury Project on Christian Involvement in Society, before becoming Secretary of the Church of England’s Board for Social Responsibility. He was chair of the Ministry Division of the Church of England until 2006.

His work with Christian Aid has taken him around the world, where he has seen at first hand the work of many Christians who are committed to working alongside the world’s most needy people. He served as chair for 10 years, being succeeded in June 2008 by Anne Owers.[6]

As the Bishop of Chelmsford, he has sought to embrace the vast diversity of the second largest diocese in the Church of England. In late 2008 he announced that he would retire on 31 August 2009. On his retirement he became the Chairman of Citizens Advice.

Personal life[edit]

He married Lydia Elizabeth Adam, daughter of the late William Adam and the late Ivy Amelia Adam in 1981.[7] They married in Christchurch, Fulwood in the Diocese of Sheffield. The preacher was Brandon Jackson, Provost of Bradford.


  • God’s People in God’s World, 1979
  • The Good of the People, 1988
  • Love and Liberty, 1997


  1. ^ Official notification of appointment
  2. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2014. the Rt Rev J.W. Gladwin, Chairman, Citizen's Advice; Bishop of Chelmsford, 2003–09, 71 
  3. ^ Who's Who2008: London, A & C Black ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory2008/2009 Lambeth, Church House Publishing ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  5. ^ Consecration details
  6. ^ The Guardian, 25 June 2008, "SocietyGuardian" section p.10, Column c "Ins and Outs".
  7. ^ Debrett's People of Today London,2008 Debrett's, ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Frank Curtis
Provost of Sheffield
Succeeded by
Michael Sadgrove
Preceded by
Michael Adie
Bishop of Guildford
Succeeded by
Christopher Hill
Preceded by
John Perry
Bishop of Chelmsford
Succeeded by
Stephen Cottrell