Michael Gear (bishop)

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The Rt Revd
Michael Gear
BA DipTh
Bishop of Doncaster
Diocese Diocese of Sheffield
In office 1993–1999
Predecessor William Persson
Successor Cyril Ashton
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Canterbury (2000–present) and in Rochester (1999–present)
Ordination 1961 (deacon); c. 1962 (priest)
Consecration 1993
Personal details
Born (1934-11-27) 27 November 1934 (age 82)
Denomination Anglican
Parents Frederick & Lillian
Spouse Daphne Earl (m. 1961)
Children 2 daughters
Alma mater St John's College, Durham

Michael Frederick Gear (born 27 November 1934) is a former Suffragan Bishop of Doncaster.[1]

Gear was educated at St John's College, Durham.[2] Ordained in 1961,[3] he began his career with a curacy at Christ Church, Bexleyheath[4] was then Vicar of St Andrew, Clubmore, Liverpool; Rector of Avondale, Harare; Rural Dean of Macclesfield; and finally, before his elevation to the Episcopate, Archdeacon of Chester. Since retiring to Maidstone Bishop Michael continues to serve the church as an Assistant Bishop within Canterbury diocese and a trustee of a charity for Zimbabwean street children.[5]


  1. ^ Crockfords, (London, Church House 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  2. ^ ‘GEAR, Rt Rev. Michael Frederick’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011 [1], accessed 9 July 2012
  3. ^ National Archives-Gear's Curate's Licence
  4. ^ Details of Parish
  5. ^ Charity details
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Persson
Bishop of Doncaster
Succeeded by
Cyril Ashton