John Tinsley

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Ernest John Tinsley (22 March 1919 – 20 July 1992) was the Bishop of Bristol from 1976 to 1985.

Born on 22 March 1919 he was educated at Durham University.[1] He was ordained in 1943,[2] after which he held curacies at Durham and South Westoe.

Timsley was a Lecturer in Theology at University College, Hull (which became the University of Hull in 1954) from 1946 until 1962 when he was appointed Professor of Theology at the University of Leeds. He left Leeds in 1976 when he was appointed to the episcopate.[3] He was ordained and consecrated a bishop by Donald Coggan, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Southwark Cathedral on 6 January 1976,[4] his canonical election having been confirmed towards the end of 1975. A prolific author,[5] he died on 20 July 1992.[6]


  1. ^ Who's Who2008: London, A & C Black ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  2. ^ Crockford's clerical directory 1976 Lambeth, Church House ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  3. ^ The Times, Saturday, 17 July 1976; pg. 14; Issue 59758; col D Church News
  4. ^ "(picture caption) (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#5891). 9 January 1976. p. 1. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 24 January 2017. (subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ Amongst others he wrote "The Imitation of God in Christ" (1960) and"Tragedy, Irony and Faith" (1985) > British Library web site accessed 17:48 GMT Wednesday 29 July 2009
  6. ^ Independent Obituary
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Oliver Tomkins
Bishop of Bristol
Succeeded by
Barry Rogerson