Martin Warner (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Martin Warner
Bishop of Chichester
Church Church of England
Diocese Chichester
In office 2012–present
Predecessor John Hind
Other posts Bishop of Whitby (2010–2012)
Ordination c. 1984
Consecration 26 January 2010[1]
by John Sentamu
Personal details
Born (1958-12-24) 24 December 1958 (age 59)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence The Palace, Chichester
Alma mater University of Durham

Martin Clive Warner SSC (born 24 December 1958)[2] is an Anglican bishop in England. He is currently the Bishop of Chichester.

Early life and education[edit]

Warner was educated at King's School, Rochester, Maidstone Grammar School, St Chad's College and the University of Durham in the 1970s. He then trained for ordination at St Stephen's House, Oxford, later earning a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at the University of Durham.

Ordained ministry[edit]

Warner was a canon residentiary at St Paul's Cathedral, 2003–2009: the canon pastor from 2003 to 2008 and then canon treasurer until 2009.[3]

Episcopal ministry[edit]

Warner was consecrated as a bishop in the Church of England at York Minster on 26 January 2010[1] and then welcomed on 30 January 2010 at St Hilda's Church, Whitby.[4] He suffered a cardiac arrest on 23 August 2010 while on holiday in Florence,[5] but has since returned to work.[6] From 2008 to 2011, Warner wrote the weekly "Sunday's Readings" column for the Church Times.

On 3 May 2012, Warner's appointment as the next diocesan Bishop of Chichester was announced,[7] his election was confirmed on 2 July[8] and his enthronement took place in Chichester Cathedral on 25 November.[9]

On 20 November 2012, Warner was one of three bishops (and one of the two diocesans) in the General Synod who voted against a motion to allow the ordination of women as bishops in the Church of England.[10] His position on the issue has been criticised by some local clergy and parishioners across the Chichester diocese.[11]

In a compromise by John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, to whom the candidate professed canonical obedience, Warner officiated as principal celebrant in the laying-on of hands and Eucharist for the episcopal consecration of Philip North as suffragan Bishop of Burnley at York Minster on 2 February 2015 (Feast of Candlemas).[citation needed]

He is a member of the Council of Bishops of The Society.[12] He was introduced to the House of Lords as a Lord Spiritual on 15 January 2018.[13]



Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Hind
Bishop of Chichester