Martin Warner (bishop)

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The Rt Revd
Martin Warner
Bishop of Chichester
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Chichester
Elected 2 July 2012 (confirmed)[2]
Installed 25 November 2012[3]
Predecessor John Hind
Other posts Bishop of Whitby
Ordination c. 1984
Consecration 26 January 2010[1]
Personal details
Born (1958-12-24) 24 December 1958 (age 56)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater University of Durham

Martin Clive Warner, SSC (born 24 December 1958[4]) 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, University of Durham in the 1970s, and then trained for ordination at St Stephen's House, Oxford, later earning a PhD in Durham.

Religious life[edit]

He was the Canon Pastor at St Paul’s Cathedral from 2003 to 2008 and then Canon Treasurer there until 2009.[5]


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.[6] He suffered a cardiac arrest on 23 August 2010 while on holiday in Florence,[7] but has since returned to work.[8] 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,[9] his election was confirmed on 2 July[2] and his enthronement took place in Chichester Cathedral on 25 November.[3]

On 20 November 2012, Warner was one of three diocesan bishops 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 an ingenious compromise apparently engineered by the Archbishop of York to whom the candidate professed canonical obedience, bishop Warner officiated as principal celebrant in the laying-on of hands and the subsequent Eucharist for the episcopal consecration of Fr. Philip North for the suffragan see of Burnley at York Minster at Candlemas (2 February) 2015.


  • Martin Warner Esq (1958–1984)
  • The Revd Martin Warner (1984–2000)
  • The Revd Canon Martin Warner (2000–2010)
  • The Rt Revd Martin Warner (2010–present)


Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Hind
Bishop of Chichester