(Which is interesting, considering my blog post last week which observed:
When Jeffery John was forced to stand down as Bishop of Reading, the appointment of Stephen Cottrell as his successor was greeted with enthusiasm by evangelicals within the Diocese of Oxford. Yet John and Cottrell are both members of the liberal group, Affirming Catholicism, and a glance at the cover of this book (published in 1998) is a salutory warning that the two men may differ little in underlying theology. For what reason, then, was Cottrell welcomed in place of John, other than that he was not a homosexual?We shall see. Ed)
1. New Bishop of Chelmsford
- Stephen Cottrell was born and brought up in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex (baptised at St Barnabas, Hadleigh; confirmed and married at St Margaret’s, Leigh-on-Sea).
- He was ordained in 1984, having trained for ministry at St Stephen's House in Oxford. He has served in parishes in London and Chichester, on the staff of Chichester Theological College where he taught apologetics and pastoral studies, as Canon Pastor and Vice-Dean of Peterborough Cathedral, as Missioner in Wakefield Diocese, and as part of Springboard, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s evangelism team. He was consecrated Bishop in 2004.
- The Reading Episcopal Area is part of the Diocese of Oxford. Bishop Stephen has oversight of 200 parishes across Berkshire. He also chairs the Board of Education for the Diocese.
- Before ordination he worked in the film industry and for a year at St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham.
- He is a founder member of the Church of England’s College of Evangelists and serves on their Governing Body. He also chairs the Church of England’s Religion in Media group.
- He is the author of many books, having written widely about evangelism, catechesis, ministry and spirituality. He is one of the team that wrote the Emmaus programme. This is used by about 3,000 churches in Britain, and also around the world, where it has been translated into several languages.
- In 2004 he was invited to write the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book. This is entitled I Thirst (Zondervan 2003). His most recent books are Do Nothing to Change your Life; discovering what happens when you stop (CHP 2007), Do Nothing Christmas is coming (CHP) and Hit the Ground Kneeling; seeing leadership differently (CHP 2008), a book of Lent and Holy Week meditations The Things He Carried (SPCK 2008) and a follow up book for Easter The Things He Said (SPCK 2009). He has also written a collection of children’s stories, The Adventures of Naughty Nora (BRF 2008).
- Stephen is married to Rebecca, who is a potter and a lecturer in ceramics. They have three teenage sons. When he’s not ‘bishoping’ or writing books he’s cooking, attempting to paint, reading poetry, juggling, playing the guitar, trying to play the ukulele banjo or busy with the joys of being a dad.
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