Michael Ipgrave

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The Right Reverend
Michael Ipgrave
Bishop of Lichfield
Diocese Diocese of Lichfield
In office 2016–present
Predecessor Jonathan Gledhill
Other posts Archdeacon of Southwark (2004–2012)
area Bishop of Woolwich (Southwark; 2012–2016)
Ordination 1982 (deacon)
1983 (priest)
Consecration 21 March 2012
Personal details
Born (1958-04-19) 19 April 1958 (age 58)
Northampton, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Education Magdalen College School, Brackley
Alma mater Oriel College, Oxford
Ripon College Cuddesdon

Michael Geoffrey Ipgrave, OBE (born 18 April 1958) is a British Anglican bishop. Since 2016, he has been the Bishop of Lichfield, the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Lichfield. He was the Bishop of Woolwich, an area bishop in the Diocese of Southwark, from 2012 to 2016.[1] He served as Archdeacon of Southwark between 2004 and 2012.

Early life and education[edit]

Ipgrave was born on 19 April 1958 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom.[2] He was educated at Magdalen College School, Brackley, a state school in South Northamptonshire.[3] From 1975 to 1978, he studied mathematics at Oriel College, Oxford, and graduated from the University of Oxford with a first class Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.[2] From 1979 to 1982, he trained for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon, an Anglican theological college near Oxford.[2][4] During that period he also studied theology at the University of Oxford, and graduated with an additional first class BA.[2]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Ipgrave was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1982 and as a priest in 1983 in the Diocese of Peterborough.[4] After a curacy in Oakham followed by time in Japan, he was a team vicar in two separate Leicester parishes.[5]

In Leicester, in 1991, he was appointed diocesan chaplain for relations with people of other faiths, and bishops' domestic chaplain in 1992. He was appointed Archdeacon of Southwark in 2004. In 2010 he also became Canon Missioner of Southwark Cathedral. He was co-chair of Southwark and London Housing Association (now http://www.amicushorizon.org.uk/Corporate/Who-We-Are/SLDHA.aspx)

He was formerly Inter Faith Relations Advisor to the Archbishops' Council and secretary of the Churches' Commission on Inter-Faith Relations.

Episcopal ministry[edit]

On 3 February 2012, Ipgrave was announced as the next Bishop of Woolwich, an area bishop in the Diocese of Southwark.[2] On 21 March 2012, he was consecrated a bishop during a service in Southwark Cathedral.[1][2] He also served as Warden of Readers for the diocese.[4]

In May 2013 Ipgrave read bidding prayers at a Mass for Lee Rigby who was murdered by Islamists in the 2013 Woolwich attack.[6]

On 2 March 2016, it was announced that Ipgrave is to become the next diocesan Bishop of Lichfield.[4] His canonical election to that See was confirmed on 10 June 2016;[7] his installation at Lichfield Cathedral has been scheduled for 24 September 2016.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Ipgrave is married to Julia and they have three grown-up sons.


Ipgrave became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year Honours List 2011 for services to inter-faith relations.

Selected works[edit]

He has edited six volumes on Christian and Muslim relations. He is author of Trinity and Inter Faith Dialogue (Peter Lang, 2003) and has contributed to journal articles and book chapters on inter-faith matters.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Episcopal Team completed in Southwark Diocese". Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Two new Area Bishops for Southwark Diocese". Diocese of Southwark. Church of England. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  4. ^ a b c d "Bishop of Lichfield: Michael Geoffrey Ipgrave". GOV.UK. Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street. 2 March 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Crockfords (London, Church House, 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  6. ^ "Woolwich Mass for Drummer Rigby". The Tablet. The Tablet Publishing Company. May 24, 2013. Archived from the original on 13 August 2013. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  7. ^ OurCofE twitter (Accessed 11 June 2016)
  8. ^ "Welcoming Bishop Michael". Diocese of Lichfield. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Douglas Bartles-Smith
Archdeacon of Southwark
Succeeded by
Jane Steen
Preceded by
Christopher Chessun
Bishop of Woolwich
Preceded by
Jonathan Gledhill
Bishop of Lichfield