John Witcombe

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John Julian Witcombe (born 1 March 1959)[1] is the Dean of Coventry in the Church of England.[2]

After ordination in 1984, he served in Birtley, County Durham before moving to be the team Vicar of St Barnabas, Inham Nook, Nottingham.[3] He was then vicar of St Luke’s, Lodge Moor, Sheffield the Team Rector in Uxbridge and later Dean of St John's College, Nottingham. Before his appointment as Dean of Coventry, Witcombe was the Diocese of Gloucester's Diocesan Directors of Ordinands and then Director of Discipleship and Ministry, and a Residentiary Canon at Gloucester Cathedral. He is a member of General Synod[4] and is a national advisor for selecting potential clergy for the Church of England.[5]


Editor of The Curate's Guide: From calling to first parish (Church House Publishing 2005) ISBN 9780715142035[6]

Author with John Leach of Grove books 'Hanging on to God: sustaining ministry in the renewal tradition' (Grove Books, 2008) ISBN 978 1 85174 693 4 [7]

Author with John Leach and Mark Tanner of Grove Books 'Renewing the Traditional Church' (Grove Books, 2005) ISBN 1851745130 [8]

Personal life[edit]

Witcombe is married to Ricarda, who is also a priest. They married in 2000 after the death of his first wife Maureen Edwards (another fellow priest). Between them, Witcombe and Richarda have a son and four daughters:[1] Joseph, Abi, Anna, Tabitha and Emily.[9]



Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Irvine
Dean of Coventry