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Anthony Russell

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Anthony Russell
Bishop of Ely
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Ely
In office2000 – 28 February 2010
PredecessorStephen Sykes
SuccessorStephen Conway
Other postsArea Bishop of Dorchester
Chaplain to The Queen
Personal details
Born (1943-01-25) 25 January 1943 (age 78)
Alma materSt Chad's College, Durham

Anthony John Russell (born 25 January 1943) is a retired British Church of England bishop. He was the Bishop of Dorchester from 1988 to 2000 and Bishop of Ely from 2000 to 2010.

Early life

Russell was educated at Uppingham School, St Chad's College, Durham (he gained a Bachelor of Arts {BA} degree) and Trinity College, Oxford, where he earned a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree. He studied for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon.

Ecclesiastical career

Russell was made a deacon during Advent 1970 (13 December) by Launcelot Fleming, Bishop of Norwich,[1] and ordained a priest the Michaelmas following (26 September 1971) by William Llewellyn, Bishop of Lynn — both times at Norwich Cathedral;[2] he was then a curate in the Hilborough group of parishes in the Diocese of Norwich from 1970 to 1973. From 1973 to 1976 he was priest-in-charge of Preston-on-Stour with Whitchurch and of Atherstone on Stour in the Diocese of Coventry. For the next 11 years he was the vicar of Preston-on-Stour and Whitchurch with Atherstone and also canon theologian of Coventry Cathedral. From 1973 to 1982 he was chaplain of the Arthur Rank Centre and its director from 1983 to 1988.

From 1983 to 1988 Russell served as a chaplain to Elizabeth II.[3][4] He was nominated as area Bishop of Dorchester in 1987[5] and consecrated a bishop on 2 February 1988 by Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Westminster Abbey;[6] before being nominated as the Bishop of Ely in 2000.[7] Russell initiated proceedings in the church courts against the Vicar of Trumpington, Tom Ambrose. He retired on 28 February 2010.[8]

Works and personal life

Russell has published a number of books, especially on the role of the church in the countryside. These include The Country Parson (1993), The Country Parish (1986) and The Clerical Profession (1980). He is a leading spokesman for the church on rural and farming matters.

Russell, as a keen horseman, upon appointment as area Bishop of Dorchester, changed his Oxfordshire episcopal residence in order to secure suitable stabling.

Other positions

  • Member of the Rural Development Commission and was the Archbishops' Commissioner on Rural Areas.
  • Vice president of the Royal Agricultural Society.
  • RASE President from 2004 to 2005.
  • President of the East of England Agricultural Society from 2007 to 2008.
    • He was made a fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies in 2008.
  • Governing council of Radley College.
  • President of the Woodard Corporation, a federation of 44 Anglican schools in the private and maintained sectors.
  • Member of the Rural Development Commission (1991–99).
  • Trustee of the Rural Housing Trust (1983–2006).
  • President of the Cambridgeshire Rural Community Council.
  • Admitted to the House of Lords in 2007 and left upon his retirement.
  • Honorary fellow of Wolfson College and St Edmund's College at Cambridge University (2000) and St Chad's College at Durham University (2007).
  • Honorary fellow of Trinity College Oxford (2011)


  1. ^ "Advent Ordinations". Church Times (#5627). 18 December 1970. p. 23. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 24 May 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
  2. ^ "Ordinations". Church Times (#5668). 1 October 1971. p. 15. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 24 May 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
  3. ^ "No. 49507". The London Gazette. 14 October 1983. p. 13491.
  4. ^ "No. 51345". The London Gazette. 24 May 1988. p. 6095.
  5. ^ "No. 51131". The London Gazette. 24 November 1987. p. 14461.
  6. ^
  7. ^ "No. 55844". The London Gazette. 10 May 2000. p. 5127.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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