John Goddard (bishop)

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The Rt Revd
John Goddard
BA (Hons) DipTh[1]
Bishop of Burnley
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Blackburn
Installed 9 December 2000[2]
Term ended 19 July 2014 (retired)
Predecessor Martyn Jarrett
Ordination 1971[3]
Consecration 7 December 2000[2]
Personal details
Born (1947-09-08) 8 September 1947 (age 67)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Vivienne[1]
Children Two adult sons[1]
Alma mater Durham University Wells Cathedral School

John William Goddard[4] (born 8 September 1947) is a bishop of the Church of England and former Bishop of Burnley.[1]

Goddard was educated at Durham University.[5] He was ordained in 1971[3] and began his ordained ministry as a curate at St John's Southbank [6] before continuing as a curate at Cayton & Eastfield (Scarborough) under the guidance of Rev. Alan A Millar. He then held two incumbencies in Middlesbrough and became the Rural Dean. From 1988 to 1992 he was Vice Principal of Edinburgh Theological College and then Rector of Ribbleton before his ordination to the episcopate. A keen narrowboater,[7] he is married with two children. He has expressed the belief (2012) that there are no rural parishes in the Diocese of Blackburn, which includes large swathes of farming communities and extensive rural areas such as the Forest of Bowland. At the November 2012 meeting of the General Synod of the Church of England, Goddard was one of the three members of the House of Bishops who voted against the ordination of women as bishops.[8] Goddard retired on 19 July 2014.


  • John Goddard Esq (1947–1971)
  • The Revd John Goddard (1971–1987/8)[1]
  • The Revd Canon John Goddard (1987/8–2000)
  • The Rt Revd John Goddard (2000–present)


  1. ^ a b c d e Number 10 — Suffragan See of Burnley (National Archives)
  2. ^ a b Blackburn Diocese — Old News 2000 (Google cache)
  3. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 Lambeth, Church House Publishing ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  4. ^ Anglican Communion
  5. ^ Who's Who2008: London, A & C Black ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  6. ^ Church website
  7. ^ Debrett's People of Today London, 2008 Debrett's, ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9
  8. ^ Daily Telegraph
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Martyn Jarrett
Bishop of Burnley