The Bishop of Worcester
Rt Revd Dr John Inge
The role of the Bishop of Worcester
Bishop John is the chief pastor of the Diocese of Worcester, and provides episcopal oversight to the Diocese, working with his colleagues, both lay and ordained, locally and nationally, to shape the life of the whole Church and Nation through the Good News of Jesus Christ and, in so doing, proclaim God’s Kingdom.
Bishop John provides leadership across the whole diocese and also has a number of specific national responsibilities and roles. He was introduced to the House of Lords as a Lord Spiritual in 2012, and has a particular interest in Culture and Heritage, International Development, and Media and Communications. Bishop John is Chair of the Archbishop's Examination in Theology and has previously Chaired the College of Evangelists. In September 2014 he was appointed lead bishop for cathedrals and church buildings and in February 2013, he was appointed Lord High Almoner to Her Majesty the Queen.
Bishop John Inge attended Kent College in Canterbury and then studied for a BSc in Chemistry at Durham University. He later studied there for an MA and PhD in Theology.
After completing a PGCE at Oxford University, Bishop John taught Chemistry at Lancing College in Sussex before studying at the College of Resurrection, Mirfield and becoming ordained deacon in 1983 and, the following year, ordained priest in the Diocese of Chichester.
Bishop John was appointed as chaplain at Lancing College and then Harrow School, where he also continued to teach.
After this, he spent six years as vicar of St. Luke’s Church – an inner-city church on Tyneside – before moving to the Diocese of Ely in 1996 where he became Residentiary Canon of Ely Cathedral, with responsibility for education and mission.
From here, he became Vice Dean of the Cathedral in 1999 and Bishop of Huntingdon in 2003.
In March 2008, John Inge became the 113th Bishop of Worcester.
Bishop John's book A Christian Theology of Place (Ashgate, 2003) was shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing. His book Living Love: In Conversation with the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Inspire, 2007) looks at the Christian message contained within Alexander McCall Smith's very popular novels about Africa. He has also published many articles and reviews.
Life & interests
Bishop John is fascinated by international affairs and cultural variety and has taken groups to Africa (on seven occasions), India, South America, Russia and the Holy Land.
He fostered Indian and African links with the Diocese of Ely. He is a longstanding member of the World Development Movement and Amnesty International.
Bishop John is Trust Protector of Common Purpose, an international organisation that helps people in leadership and decision-making positions in the private, public and voluntary sectors to be more effective in their own organisations, in the community and in society as a whole.
Bishop John's wife, Denise, an internationally renowned author on Thomas Traherne, died from cancer on Easter Day 2014. Her final book, 'A Tour of Bones: Facing fear and looking for life', was published posthumously in November 2014. Bishop John has two children.