John Richards (bishop of Ebbsfleet)

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The Right Reverend
John Richards
Bishop of Ebbsfleet (PEV)
Province Province of Canterbury
In office 1994 to 1998
Successor Michael Houghton
Ordination 1959 (deacon)
1960 (priest)
Consecration 1994
Personal details
Born (1933-10-04)4 October 1933
Died 9 November 2003(2003-11-09) (aged 70)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglicanism
Education Reading School
Alma mater Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
Ely Theological College

John Richards (4 October 1933 – 9 November 2003) was a British Anglican bishop. He was the first Bishop of Ebbsfleet from 1994 to 1998.

Early life and education[edit]

Richards was born on 4 October 1933, and educated at Reading School and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.[1] He trained for ordination at Ely Theological College, an Anglo-Catholic theological college, between 1957 and 1959.[2]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Richards was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1959 and as a priest in 1960.[2] His first post was a curacy at St Thomas' Exeter.[3] Following this he was the Rector of Cookbury then the Rural Dean of Holsworthy.[4] From 1974 until 1981, he was the Rector of Heavitree. He served as Archdeacon of Exeter from 1981 to 1994.[2]

Richards was consecrated a bishop in 1994.[2] From 1994 to 1998, he served as the first Bishop of Ebbsfleet.[5] Ebbsfleet is the provincial episcopal visitor in the Province of Canterbury for those who reject the ordination of women.

He died on 9 November 2003.[6]


  1. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  2. ^ a b c d "John Richards". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 7 March 2017.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ Genuki
  4. ^ Crockfords(London, Church House 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  5. ^ "The Bishops of Ebbsfleet". See of Ebbsfleet. 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  6. ^ Independent Obituary
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Bishop of Ebbsfleet
1994 –1998
Succeeded by
Michael Houghton