John Pritchard (bishop)
|The Right Reverend
|Bishop of Oxford|
|Church||Church of England|
|Diocese||Diocese of Oxford|
|In office||2007–31 October 2014 (retired)|
|Other posts||Bishop of Jarrow
by David Hope
22 April 1948 |
Salford, Greater Manchester
|Residence||Richmond, North Yorkshire|
|Parents||Neil Pritchard and Winifred Savill|
|Children||2 daughters; Amanda and Nicola|
|Alma mater||St Peter's College, Oxford|
Pritchard was born on 22 April 1948 in Salford, Lancashire. He was educated at Arnold School, then an all-boys direct grant grammar school in Blackpool, Lancashire. He studied law at St Peter's College, Oxford, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1970; as per tradition, his BA was promoted to an Oxford Master of Arts (MA Oxon) in 1973.
In 1970, Pritchard entered Ridley Hall, Cambridge, an Anglican theological colllege. He then studied theology and trained for ordination for the next two years. In 1972, he received a Certificate in Pastoral Theology.
Pritchard was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1972 and as a priest in 1973. From 1972 to 1976 he served as a curate at St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham and, from 1976 to 1980, he was Youth Chaplain and Assistant Director of Education in the Diocese of Bath and Wells. In 1980 he became priest in charge of Wilton, Taunton. From 1988 he was Director of Pastoral Studies at Cranmer Hall, Durham and, from 1993, the college's warden. In 1996, he became Archdeacon of Canterbury and a canon residentiary of Canterbury Cathedral.
In January 2002, Pritchard was consecrated as a bishop by David Hope, the Archbishop of York. Then, from 2002 to 2007, he served as the Bishop of Jarrow, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Durham.
On 11 December 2006 it was announced that Pritchard would become the 42nd Bishop of Oxford. Having taken office at his confirmation-of-election in London on 23 March 2007, he began his ministry in the diocese on 8 June 2007 after a service of inauguration at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. In 2008, he supported the application by Muslims in Oxford to broadcast the adhan from the minaret of a mosque. As a result, he received hostile comments and letters of complaint.
- The Reverend John Pritchard (1972–1996)
- The Venerable John Pritchard (1996–2002)
- The Right Reverend John Pritchard (2002—present)
- Practical Theology in Action, SPCK (1996), ISBN 0-281-05012-0
- The Intercessions Handbook, SPCK (1997), ISBN 0-281-04979-3
- Beginning Again, SPCK (2000), ISBN 0-281-05265-4
- Living the Gospel Stories Today, SPCK (2001), ISBN 0-281-05365-0
- How to Pray, SPCK (2002), ISBN 0-281-05454-1
- The Second Intercessions Handbook, SPCK (2004), ISBN 0-281-05649-8
- Living Easter Through the Year, SPCK (2005), ISBN 0-281-05709-5
- How to Explain Your Faith, SPCK (2006), ISBN 0-8146-3178-9
- The Life and Work of a Priest, SPCK (2007) ISBN 0-281-05748-6
- Going to Church, SPCK (2009) ISBN 978-0-281-05810-5
- God Lost and Found, SPCK (2011) ISBN 978-0-281-06352-9
- Why Christianity Makes Sense, SPCK (2014) ISBN 978-0-281-06764-0, eBook ISBN 978-0-281-06765-7
- Diocese of Oxford – Bishop John lays down his staff (Accessed 1 November 2014)
- ‘OXFORD, Bishop of’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011 Accessed 8 May 2012
- Diocese of Oxford — Bishops and Archdeacons
- "Birthdays", The Guardian, 22 April 2014
- "John Lawrence Pritchard". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 1 July 2016. (subscription required)
- Bishopric of Oxford
- Bates, Stephen (13 March 2008). "People". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
- "Bishop's death threats over mosque plan". The Daily Telegraph. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
- "Bishop receives death threats for backing Muslim prayer call". Islamic Republic News Agency. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
- "Bishop of Oxford to retire after seven years". BBC. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 2015-05-11.
|Warden of Cranmer Hall
|Church of England titles|
|Archdeacon of Canterbury
|Bishop of Jarrow
|Bishop of Oxford