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Jonathan Michael Gledhill (born February 14, 1949 in Windsormarker, Berkshire) is the 98th Bishop of Lichfield. He was enthroned in Lichfield Cathedralmarker on 15 November 2003.

Bishop Gledhill was educated at Keelemarker and Bristolmarker Universities.. He trained for the ministry at Trinity College, Bristolmarker. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Keele University in recognition of his "outstanding contribution to the Church and to the people and the County of Staffordshire.”

He was curate at Marple All Saints, Chestermarker from 1975 to 1978 and from 1978 to 1983 was priest in charge of St George's Folkestonemarker. From 1983 to 1996 he was Vicar at St Mary Bredin, Canterburymarker and Tutor at the Canterbury School of Ministry. From 1988 to 1994 he was also Rural Dean at Canterbury, and from 1992 to 1996 an Honorary Canon of Canterbury Cathedralmarker.

From 1995 to 1996 he was a Member of the General Synod. From 1996 to 2003 he was Suffragan Bishop of Southampton. From 1997 he has chaired the Anglican/Old Catholic International Co-ordinating Council, and been chair of the Governing Body of the National College of Evangelists.

He has recently published "Leading a Local Church in the Age of the Spirit".

While commenting on the execution of Saddam Hussein in December 2006, Bishop Gledhill controversially said that the execution "cannot be called unjust".

Bishop Gledhill is married to Jane, who is a university lecturer and a Reader. They have one daughter and one son. His recreations include sailing and skiing.

His current chaplain is the Rev Peter Walley.

References

  1. Crockfords On-line Accessed 24 may 2008 16:13
  2. Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 9780713672576
  3. Debrett's People of Today London, Debrett's, 2008 ISBN 9781870520959
  4. Bishop of Lichfield to be honoured with Doctorate - Diocese of Lichfield press release. Accessed 20th August 2007.
  5. Saddam's execution "not unjust" says bishop — Diocese of Lichfield press release. Accessed 02 Jan 2007.



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