Stephen Cottrell

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The Right Reverend
Stephen Cottrell
Bishop of Chelmsford
Bishop Stephen Cottrell.jpg
Cottrell at a confirmation service in Old Windsor, September 2007
Diocese Diocese of Chelmsford
In office 2010–present
Predecessor John Gladwin
Other posts area Bishop of Reading (2004–2010)
Ordination 1 July 1984 (deacon)
30 June 1985 (priest)
by Ronnie Bowlby
Consecration 4 May 2004
by Rowan Williams
Personal details
Born (1958-08-31) 31 August 1958 (age 58)
Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, United Kingdom[1]
Nationality British
Denomination Church of England
Residence Bishopscourt, Margaretting (near Ingatestone, Essex)[2]
Spouse Rebecca
Children three
Alma mater Polytechnic of Central London

Stephen Geoffrey Cottrell SCP (born 31 August 1958) is a Church of England bishop. Since October 2010, he has been the Bishop of Chelmsford. From 2004 to 2010, he was the Bishop of Reading, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Oxford.

Early life[edit]

Cottrell was born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.[1] He was educated at Belfairs High School.[3] He studied at the Polytechnic of Central London, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.[4] In 1981, he entered St Stephen's House, Oxford to train for ordination.[5]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Cottrell was made a deacon at Petertide 1984 (1 July)[6] and ordained a priest the next Petertide (30 June 1985) — both times by Ronnie Bowlby, Bishop of Southwark, at Southwark Cathedral.[7] His ordained ministry began as a curate at Christ Church, Forest Hill,[8] after which he was priest in charge of St Wilfrid's, Chichester then Diocesan Missioner for the Diocese of Wakefield and finally (before his ordination to the episcopate[9]) Canon Pastor of Peterborough Cathedral.

Episcopal ministry[edit]

Cottrell was nominated area Bishop of Reading on 6 January 2004,[4] after Jeffrey John controversially withdrew his nomination to the post in 2003.[10] He had been a supporter of John's original appointment. He said of his nomination: "I am looking forward to becoming the next Bishop of Reading with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. I believe my work in mission and evangelism has prepared me well for the challenges facing the church in this new century. I hope and pray that my love for and understanding of the different traditions of the Church of England will enable me to be a focus for unity in the Reading Episcopal area." He was consecrated on 4 May 2004 by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, at St Paul's Cathedral,[11][12] following confirmation of the appointment by letters patent.[9]

Following his nomination as Bishop of Chelmsford on 22 March 2010,[1] he was translated to the See of Chelmsford on 6 October 2010.[13] He was installed at Chelmsford Cathedral on 27 November 2010.[13]


He is a member of the Society of Catholic Priests (SCP),[14] and a member of Affirming Catholicism. In December 2014, he was selected as president of the movement, taking up the appointment at the start of 2015.[15]

In 2007 Cottrell publicly opposed the renewal of Britain's Trident missile systems.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Cottrell is married to Rebecca and they have three children.[1]


Selected works[edit]

Cottrell has written several books on the subject of evangelism among his 38 published titles.[17]

  • Hit the Ground Kneeling: Seeing Leadership Differently (Church House Publishing, November 2008); ISBN 0-7151-4162-7
  • The Things He Carried (SPCK Publishing, November 2008); ISBN 0-281-06080-0
  • Do Nothing... Christmas is Coming: An Advent Calendar with a Difference (Church House Publishing, August 2008); ISBN 0-7151-4164-3
  • Do Nothing to Change Your Life: Discovering What Happens When You Stop (Church House Publishing, May 2007); ISBN 0-7151-4118-X
  • Abundance of the Heart: Catholic Evangelism for All Christians (Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd, May 2006); ISBN 0-232-52636-2
  • I Thirst: The Cross - The Great Triumph of Love (Zondervan Publishing House, January 2004); ISBN 0-310-25069-2
  • Praying through Life: How to Pray in the Home, at Work and in the Family (Church House Publishing; 2nd Revised edition, November 2003); ISBN 0-7151-4010-8
  • On This Rock: Bible Foundations for Christian Living (The Bible Reading Fellowship, January 2003); ISBN 1-84101-238-6
  • Travelling Well: A Companion Guide to the Christian Faith (Church House Publishing, June 2000); ISBN 0-7151-4935-0
  • Catholic Evangelism (Affirming Catholicism) (Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd, March 1998); ISBN 0-232-52271-5
  • Sacrament, Wholeness and Evangelism: A Catholic Approach (Grove Books Ltd, February 1996); ISBN 1-85174-309-X


  1. ^ a b c d "Next Bishop of Chelmsford comes home 'hungry for us to be a Church that connects with every person and every community'", Diocese of Chelmsford website, 22 March 2010. Retrieved on 22 March 2010.
  2. ^ Provincial Directory: Chelmsford. Retrieved on 12 December 2008.
  3. ^ Who's Who, 2008: London, A & C Black, ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  4. ^ a b c Suffragan See of Reading, Prime Minister's office, 6 January 2004. Retrieved 30 September 2008.
  5. ^ "Stephen Geoffrey Cottrell". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 14 January 2016.  (subscription required)
  6. ^ "Petertide ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#6334). 6 July 1984. p. 4. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 25 June 2016. (Subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ "Petertide ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#6386). 5 July 1985. p. 16. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 8 June 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ Forest Hill Christ Church with St Paul (within the parish of Perry Hill, St George with Christ Church & St Paul), Anglican Diocese of Southwark. Retrieved 30 September 2008.
  9. ^ a b "No. 57279". The London Gazette. 4 May 2004. p. 5521. 
  10. ^ New Bishop of Reading revealed, BBC Berkshire, 6 January 2004. Retrieved 30 September 2008
  11. ^ St Mary's Purley Parish News
  12. ^ BBC News Berkshire — New Bishop of Reading consecrated (Accessed 26 December 2016)
  13. ^ a b "Bishop of Chelmsford: Together we will be a transforming presence and make Christ known". Diocese of Chelmsford. Archived 9 February 2011. 11 October 2010. Archived from the original on February 9, 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  14. ^ The Rt Revd Stephen Geoffrey Cottrell, Anglican Communion News Service, 1 August 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2008.
  15. ^ "NEW PRESIDENT OF AFF CATH ANNOUNCED". Latest News. Affirming Catholicism. 20 December 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  16. ^ Trident discussion | the Door
  17. ^ Stephen Cottrell
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Dominic Walker
Bishop of Reading
Succeeded by
Andrew Proud
Preceded by
John Gladwin
Bishop of Chelmsford