Stephen Oliver (bishop)

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The Rt Revd
Stephen Oliver
Bishop of Stepney
Diocese Diocese of London
In office 2003–6 July 2010 (retired)
Predecessor John Sentamu
Successor Adrian Newman
Other posts Canon Precentor at St Paul's (1997–2003)
Ordination 1971 (deacon); 1972 (priest)
Consecration 2003
Personal details
Born (1948-01-07) 7 January 1948 (age 68)
Denomination Anglican
Parents John & Nora Greenhalgh
Spouse Hilary Barkham (m. 1969; d. 2010)
Children 2 sons, incl. Revd Canon Simon[1]
Profession Author (prayer)
Alma mater King's College London

Stephen John Oliver (born 7 January 1948) was the Anglican area Bishop of Stepney from 2003 to 2010.[2]

Oliver was educated at King's College London[3] and St Augustine's College, Canterbury[4] before a curacy at Clifton, Nottingham.[5] After an incumbency at St Mary Plumtree[6] in the same diocese he became head of religious programming at the BBC. From 1997 until 2003 he was a Canon Residentiary at St Paul's Cathedral, London[7] before his appointment as the area Bishop of Stepney following John Sentamu's appointment as Bishop of Birmingham. Oliver retired on 6 July 2010.[8] In March 2013 'Inside Grief' ISBN 9780281068432 edited by Oliver was published by SPCK.


  • Stephen Oliver (1948–1971)
  • The Revd Stephen Oliver (1971–1997)
  • The Revd Canon Stephen Oliver (1997–2003)
  • The Rt Revd Stephen Oliver (2003–present)


  1. ^ Southwell diocese – New Cathedral canon
  2. ^ Diocese of London Details
  3. ^ ‘OLIVER, Rt Rev. Stephen John’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011 [1], accessed 9 July 2012
  4. ^ Crockfords on-line
  5. ^ Crockfords (Ibid)
  6. ^ Church website
  7. ^ St Paul’s appointment
  8. ^ Diocese of London — Service held for retiring Bishop of Stepney
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Sentamu
Bishop of Stepney
Succeeded by
Adrian Newman