John Kirkham (bishop)

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John Kirkham
ChStJ MA(Cantab)
Bishop of Sherborne
Diocese Diocese of Salisbury
In office 1976–2001
Predecessor Victor Pike
Successor Tim Thornton
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Salisbury (2001–present)
Area bishop of Sherborne (1981–2001)
Bishop to the Forces (1992–2001)
Ordination 1962 (deacon); c. 1963 (priest)
Consecration 1976
Personal details
Born (1935-09-20) 20 September 1935 (age 82)
Denomination Anglican
Parents Rev Canon Charles & Doreen
Spouse Hester (m. 1986)
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge

John Dudley Galtrey Kirkham (born 20 September 1935) is a British Anglican bishop. He was the Bishop of Sherborne in the last quarter of the 20th century[1] and the first area bishop under the 1981–2009 area scheme.[2]

Kirkham was educated at Lancing College and Trinity College, Cambridge, and ordained in 1962. His ministry began with a curacy at St Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich[3] after which he was Chaplain to Launcelot Fleming, Bishop of Norwich[4] and finally (before his elevation to the Episcopate) Canterbury Diocesan Director of Ordinands.[5]


  1. ^ Church news Two bishops suffragan appointed (Official Appointments and Notices) The Times Wednesday, Jun 30, 1976; pg. 16; Issue 59743; col B
  2. ^ Salisbury Diocesan Synod minutes – 99th session, 7 November 2009 p. 3 (Accessed 23 April 2014)
  3. ^ Church web-site
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory2008/2009 Lambeth,Church House Publishing (ISBN 9780715110300)
  5. ^ ‘KIRKHAM, Rt Rev. John Dudley Galtrey’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011 [1], accessed 5 July 2012
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Victor Pike
Bishop of Sherborne
Succeeded by
Tim Thornton
Preceded by
David Smith
Bishop to the Forces
Succeeded by
David Conner