Julian Henderson

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Julian Henderson
Bishop of Blackburn
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Blackburn
In office2013–present
PredecessorNicholas Reade
Other postsArchdeacon of Dorking (2005–2013)
Ordination1979 (deacon)
by Gerald Ellison
1980 (priest)
by Jim Thompson
Consecration10 October 2013[1]
by John Sentamu
Personal details
Born (1954-07-23) 23 July 1954 (age 64)
ResidenceBishop's House, Salesbury[2]
ParentsIan and Susan
(m. 1984)
Alma materKeble College, Oxford
Ridley Hall, Cambridge

Julian Tudor Henderson (born 23 July 1954) is a British Anglican bishop. Since 2013, he has been the Bishop of Blackburn, the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Blackburn in the Church of England. From 2005 to 2013, he was the Archdeacon of Dorking in the Diocese of Guildford.

Early life and education[edit]

Henderson was born on 23 July 1954 to Ian and Susan Henderson.[3] He was educated at Radley College, an all-boys public school in Oxfordshire.[3] He studied theology at Keble College, Oxford, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1976;[3][2] as per tradition, his BA was promoted to a Master of Arts (MA (Oxon)) degree in 1981.[2] In 1977, he entered Ridley Hall, Cambridge, an Anglican theological college, and spent two years training for ordained ministry.[2]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Henderson was made a deacon in the Church of England at Michaelmas 1979 (30 September), by Gerald Ellison, Bishop of London, at St Paul's Cathedral,[4] and ordained a priest the Michaelmas following (28 September 1980), by Jim Thompson, Bishop of Stepney, in his title church.[5] He then served his three-year title post as assistant curate at St Mary's, Islington, London, one year into which he was ordained a priest. His first incumbency was as vicar of Emmanuel and St Mary-in-the-Castle, Hastings, East Sussex from 1983 until he became vicar of Claygate (Holy Trinity), Surrey in 1992.[6]

While at Claygate, Henderson served as rural dean for Emly deanery from 1996 until 2001 and was made an honorary canon of Guildford Cathedral in 2001. In 2005, he was appointed Archdeacon of Dorking.[6]

Episcopal ministry[edit]

10 Downing Street announced on 1 March 2013 that Henderson had been nominated diocesan Bishop of Blackburn. Having been elected by the Dean and Chapter of Blackburn Cathedral, his election was confirmed on 30 September 2013 at York Minster,[7] he was consecrated a bishop there, by John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, on 10 October 2013 and inaugurated at his cathedral on 19 October 2013.[1]


Henderson is an Evangelical Anglican, and is the President of the Church of England Evangelical Council.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Henderson married in 1984, and they have two children.[3]



  1. ^ a b Diocese of Blackburn – Excitement grows as dates are announced Archived 2013-07-20 at the Wayback Machine (Accessed 1 July 2013)
  2. ^ a b c d "Julian Tudor Henderson". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Henderson, Ven. Julian Tudor. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2013 (December 2012 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 29 December 2012. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  4. ^ "Michaelmas ordinations". Church Times (#6085). 28 September 1979. p. 4. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 22 June 2017 – via UK Press Online archives.
  5. ^ "Ordinations". Church Times (#6138). 3 October 1980. p. 4. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 22 June 2017 – via UK Press Online archives.
  6. ^ a b GOV.UK – Diocese of Blackburn (Accessed 23 January 2014)
  7. ^ York Minster – Service booklet, 22 September 2013 (Accessed 21 January 2014)
  8. ^ "Members of the Church of England Evangelical Council". Church of England Evangelical Council. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2017.