Stephen Cottrell

The Right Reverend
Stephen Cottrell
Bishop of Chelmsford

Cottrell at a confirmation service in Old Windsor, September 2007
Diocese Diocese of Chelmsford
In office 2010–present
Predecessor John Gladwin
Other posts area Bishop of Reading (2004–2010)
Ordination 1 July 1984 (deacon)
1985 (priest)
Consecration 4 May 2004 [1]
Personal details
Birth name Stephen Geoffrey Cottrell
Born (1958-08-31) 31 August 1958
Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, United Kingdom[2]
Nationality British
Denomination Church of England
Residence Bishopscourt, Margaretting, near Ingatestone, Essex[3]
Spouse Rebecca
Children three
Alma mater Polytechnic of Central London

Stephen Geoffrey Cottrell SCP (born 31 August 1958) is a Church of England bishop. Since October 2010, he has been the Bishop of Chelmsford. From 2004 to 2010, he was the Bishop of Reading, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Oxford.

Early life

Cottrell was born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.[2] He was educated at Belfairs High School.[4] He studied at the Polytechnic of Central London, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.[5] In 1981, he entered St Stephen's House, Oxford to train for ordination.[6]

Ordained ministry

Cottrell was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon on 1 July 1984 by Ronnie Bowlby, Bishop of Southwark in Southwark Cathedral,[7] and as a priest in 1985.[6] His ordained ministry began as a curate at Christ Church, Forest Hill,[8] after which he was priest in charge of St Wilfrid's, Chichester then Diocesan Missioner for the Diocese of Wakefield and finally (before his ordination to the episcopate[9]) Canon Pastor of Peterborough Cathedral.

Cottrell was nominated area Bishop of Reading on 6 January 2004,[5] after Jeffrey John controversially withdrew his nomination to the post in 2003.[10] He had been a supporter of John's original appointment. He said of his nomination: "I am looking forward to becoming the next Bishop of Reading with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. I believe my work in mission and evangelism has prepared me well for the challenges facing the church in this new century. I hope and pray that my love for and understanding of the different traditions of the Church of England will enable me to be a focus for unity in the Reading Episcopal area." He was consecrated on 4 May 2004,[1] following confirmation of the appointment by letters patent.[9]

Following his nomination as Bishop of Chelmsford on 22 March 2010,[2] he was translated to the See of Chelmsford on 6 October 2010.[11] He was installed at Chelmsford Cathedral on 27 November 2010.[11]

He is a member of the Society of Catholic Priests (SCP),[12] and a member of Affirming Catholicism. In December 2014, he was selected as president of the movement, taking up the appointment at the start of 2015.[13]

He has written several books on the subject of evangelism among his 38 published titles.[14]

In 2007 Cottrell publicly opposed the renewal of Britain's Trident missile systems.[15]

Personal life

Cottrell is married to Rebecca. Together, they have three children.[2]




  1. 1 2 St Mary's Purley Parish News
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Next Bishop of Chelmsford comes home 'hungry for us to be a Church that connects with every person and every community'", Diocese of Chelmsford website, 22 March 2010. Retrieved on 22 March 2010.
  3. Provincial Directory: Chelmsford. Retrieved on 12 December 2008.
  4. Who's Who, 2008: London, A & C Black, ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  5. 1 2 3 Suffragan See of Reading, Prime Minister's office, 6 January 2004. Retrieved 30 September 2008.
  6. 1 2 "Stephen Geoffrey Cottrell". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 14 January 2016. (subscription required)
  7. "Petertide ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#6334). 6 July 1984. p. 4. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 25 June 2016. (subscription required (help)).
  8. Forest Hill Christ Church with St Paul (within the parish of Perry Hill, St George with Christ Church & St Paul), Anglican Diocese of Southwark. Retrieved 30 September 2008.
  9. 1 2 The London Gazette: no. 57279. p. 5521. 4 May 2004. Retrieved 2007-11-14.
  10. New Bishop of Reading revealed, BBC Berkshire, 6 January 2004. Retrieved 30 September 2008
  11. 1 2 "Bishop of Chelmsford: Together we will be a transforming presence and make Christ known". Diocese of Chelmsford. Archived 9 February 2011. 11 October 2010. Archived from the original on February 9, 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  12. The Rt Revd Stephen Geoffrey Cottrell, Anglican Communion News Service, 1 August 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2008.
  13. "NEW PRESIDENT OF AFF CATH ANNOUNCED". Latest News. Affirming Catholicism. 20 December 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  14. Stephen Cottrell
  15. Trident discussion | the Door
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Dominic Walker
Bishop of Reading
Succeeded by
Andrew Proud
Preceded by
John Gladwin
Bishop of Chelmsford
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