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Jonathan Gledhill

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Jonathan Gledhill
Bishop of Lichfield
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Lichfield
In office2003–2015
PredecessorKeith Sutton
SuccessorMichael Ipgrave
Other post(s)Bishop of Southampton (1996–2003)
Personal details
Born(1949-02-14)14 February 1949
Died1 November 2021(2021-11-01) (aged 72)
SpouseJane Gledhill
Alma materKeele University

Jonathan Michael Gledhill (14 February 1949 – 1 November 2021) was an English Anglican clergyman. He was the Bishop of Southampton from 1996 to 2003, and the 98th Bishop of Lichfield from 2003 to 2015.

Early life

Gledhill was born on 14 February 1949, in Windsor, Berkshire, England. He was educated at Keele University and the University of Bristol.[1] He trained for the ministry at Trinity College, Bristol.[2] In 2007 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Keele University in recognition of his "outstanding contribution to the Church and to the people and the County of Staffordshire."[3]

Ordained ministry

Gledhill was curate at All Saints', Marple, (Diocese of Chester) from 1975 to 1978 and from 1978 to 1983 was priest in charge of St George's Folkestone. From 1983 to 1996 he was Vicar at St Mary Bredin, Canterbury and a tutor at the Canterbury School of Ministry. From 1988 to 1994 he was also the Rural Dean at Canterbury and from 1992 to 1996 an honorary canon of Canterbury Cathedral.

From 1995 to 1998, Gledhill was a member of the General Synod. From 1996 to 2003 he was the suffragan Bishop of Southampton. From 1997 he chaired the Anglican-Old Catholic International Co-ordinating Council and was chairman of the Governing Body of the National College of Evangelists.

Gledhill was the 98th Bishop of Lichfield.[4] He was enthroned in Lichfield Cathedral on 15 November 2003 and he retired on 30 September 2015.[5] Following his retirement he moved back to Canterbury where he lived and had permission to officiate in its Diocese.[6]

Gledhill published Leading a Local Church in the Age of the Spirit.

Personal life

Gledhill's wife Jane, was a university lecturer and lay reader; they had one daughter and one son.[citation needed]

He announced he had Parkinson's disease, shortly before his retirement from ministry in 2015.[7] Gledhill died on 1 November 2021, at the age of 72.[8]



  1. ^ "Gledhill, Jonathan Michael". Who's Who. Vol. 2016 (November 2015 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 10 September 2016. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ Debrett's People of Today London, Debrett's, 2008 ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9
  3. ^ Bishop of Lichfield to be honoured with Doctorate Archived 31 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine - Diocese of Lichfield press release. Accessed 20 August 2007.
  4. ^ Crockfords On-line Accessed 24 May 2008 16:13
  5. ^ Diocese of Lichfield – "40 years seem a good stint" Archived 8 March 2015 at (Accessed 2 March 2015)
  6. ^ "A wise and humble teacher of the faith". Shropshire Star. 4 November 2021. p. 10.Comment & Analysis report by James Vukmirovic.
  7. ^ "Retiring Bishop of Lichfield has Parkinson's disease". Express and Star. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Tributes paid to Bishop Jonathan". Diocese of Lichfield. 2 November 2021.
Church of England titles
Preceded by Bishop of Southampton
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Lichfield
Succeeded by
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