John Goddard (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
John Goddard
Bishop of Burnley
Church Church of England
Province York
Diocese Blackburn
See Burnley
Installed 9 December 2000[1]
Term ended 19 July 2014 (retired)
Predecessor Martyn Jarrett
Successor Philip North
Ordination 1970 (deacon)
1971 (priest)
Consecration 7 December 2000[1]
by David Hope
Personal details
Born (1947-09-08) 8 September 1947 (age 70)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Vivienne
Children Michael, Gareth
Alma mater Durham University
Wells Cathedral School

John William Goddard[2] (born 8 September 1947)[3] is a retired bishop of the Church of England. From 2000 to 2014, he was Bishop of Burnley, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Blackburn.

Early life[edit]

Goddard studied theology at St Chad's College, Durham, and graduated from Durham University with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1969.[4] He then gained a Diploma in Theology (DipTh).[5]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Goddard was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1970 and as a priest in 1971.[4] He 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 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.

Goddard was consecrated a bishop on 7 December 2000 by David Hope, Archbishop of York. On 9 December 2000, he was installed as Bishop of Burnley, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Blackburn.[1]

Goddard retired on 19 July 2014.


He has expressed the belief (2012) that there are no totally rural parishes in the Diocese of Blackburn, which includes large swathes of farming communities and extensive rural areas such as the Forest of Bowland. This is because most of the rural areas in the villages have residents whose involvement in commercial, academic,professionbal and urban matters reflect a more suburban character

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.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Goddard is a keen narrowboater.[8] He is married to Vivienne. Together they have two children; Michael and Gareth.[5]



Church of England titles
Preceded by
Martyn Jarrett
Bishop of Burnley
Succeeded by
Philip North