|The Right Reverend
|Bishop of Bradwell|
|Church||Church of England|
|Diocese||Diocese of Chelmsford|
|Other posts||Archdeacon of Wilts (2004–2012)|
by John Eastaugh
by Mark Wood
|Consecration||25 January 2012
by Rowan Williams
4 February 1959|
Hampshire, United Kingdom
|Died||25 July 2017
Horndon-on-the-Hill, Essex, UK
|Spouse||Gillian (m. 1981)|
John Michael Wraw (4 February 1959 – 25 July 2017) was a British Anglican bishop. He served as the Bishop of Bradwell, an area bishop in the Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford, from 2012 until his death in post in July 2017.
Early life and education
Wraw was ordained in the Church of England: made a deacon at Petertide 1985 (30 June) by John Eastaugh, Bishop of Hereford, and as a priest the Petertide following (29 June 1986), by Mark Wood, Bishop of Ludlow — both times at Hereford Cathedral. His first pastoral appointment was as a curate at Bromyard, Herefordshire. He then moved to South Yorkshire as the Team Vicar of Sheffield Manor (1988–1992), Vicar of St James' Church, Clifton (1992–2001) and Priest-in-Charge of Wickersley (2001–2004). While at Wickersley, he was chair of the Diocesan Faith and Justice Committee and served as chair of Voluntary Action Rotherham. Also during that period, he was Area Dean of Rotherham (1998–2004) and an honorary canon of Sheffield Cathedral (2001–2004). From 2004, he was the Archdeacon of Wilts and has been the chair of the Wiltshire Local Strategic Partnership.
Wraw's nomination to become the suffragan Bishop of Bradwell was announced on 26 July 2011, in succession to Laurie Green who resigned on 28 February 2011. On 25 January 2012, he was consecrated a bishop by Rowan Williams, the then Archbishop of Canterbury, during a service at St Paul's Cathedral in London. He was installed as Bishop of Bradwell by Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, during a service at Chelmsford Cathedral on 29 January 2012.
In February 2017, with his cancer becoming terminal, he announced his plans to continue his full-time episcopal ministry until Easter and then move onto a lighter schedule until his health no longer allowed him to continue.
Wraw supported the ordination of women as deacons, priests, and bishops. In February 2017, he announced his support for same-sex marriage, calling for the "proper recognition through prayers, blessing, celebration and affirmation of all that is good and wholesome in a wide variety of relationships including stable, faithful, committed and God given same sex relationships".
Health and death
In June 2014, Wraw announced that he had been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and was about to undergo intense chemotherapy treatments. He later took a temporary hiatus from his duties in order to concentrate on his treatment. Almost a year after his diagnosis, Wraw announced that his myeloma was in remission after he underwent a stem cell transplant, and that he would be fully resuming his duties as bishop.
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- The Reverend John Wraw (1985–2001)
- The Reverend Canon John Wraw (2001–2004)
- The Venerable John Wraw (2004–2012)
- The Right Reverend John Wraw (2012–2017)
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