John Perry (bishop)

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John Perry
Bishop of Chelmsford
Diocese Diocese of Chelmsford
In office 1996–2003
Predecessor John Waine
Successor John Gladwin
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Bath & Wells (2011–present)
Bishop of Southampton (1989–1996)
Ordination c. 1959 (deacon); c. 1960 (priest)
Consecration c. 1989
Personal details
Born (1935-06-15) 15 June 1935 (age 81)
Denomination Anglican
Parents Richard and Elsie
Spouse Gay Brown (m. 1959; d. 2009)
Marilyn Sertin (m. 2011)
Children 3 sons; 2 daughters (all with first wife)
Alma mater London College of Divinity

John Freeman Perry (born 15 June 1935[1]) is a retired Anglican bishop.

Perry was educated at Mill Hill School,[2] the London College of Divinity and St John's College, Nottingham. After ordination he was a curate at Christ Church, Woking[3] until 1962,after which he held a similar post at Christ Church, Chorleywood before becoming vicar of St Andrew's in the same town in 1963; and in 1972 Rural Dean of Rickmansworth.[4] From 1977 until 1989 he was Warden of Lee Abbey when he was ordained to the episcopate as the Bishop of Southampton. Translated to Chelmsford in 1996 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Anglia Ruskin University in 2001[5] and retired to Shaftesbury two years later.


  1. ^ Who's Who 1992 “(London, A & C Black ISBN 0-7136-3514-2)
  2. ^ Debrett's People of Today: Ed Ellis,P (1992, London, Debrett's) ISBN 1-870520-09-2)
  3. ^ Church website
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  5. ^ Citation details
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Edward David Cartwright
Bishop of Southampton
Succeeded by
Jonathan Gledhill
Preceded by
John Waine
Bishop of Chelmsford
Succeeded by
John Gladwin