Michael Whinney

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Michael Hugh Whinney
Bishop of Southwell
Diocese Diocese of Southwell
In office 1985–1988
Predecessor Denis Wakeling
Successor Patrick Harris
Other posts Acting Bishop of Birmingham (2005–2006)
Honorary assistant bishop in Birmingham (1995–present)
Canon residentiary at Birmingham Cathedral (1992–1995) & Assistant Bishop of Birmingham (1988–1995)
Bishop of Aston (1982–1985)
Ordination c. 1957 (deacon); c. 1958 (priest)
Consecration c. 1982
Personal details
Born (1930-07-08)8 July 1930
Died 3 February 2017(2017-02-03) (aged 86)
Denomination Anglican
Parents Humphrey Whinney & Evelyn Low
Spouse Veronica Webster (m. 1958)
Children 2 sons; 1 daughter
Profession Teacher
Alma mater Pembroke College, Cambridge

Michael Humphrey Dickens Whinney (8 July 1930 – 3 February 2017) was a Church of England bishop who served in two episcopal posts: he is also the great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens.[1]

He was born in Chelsea, London on 8 July 1930 and educated at Charterhouse School and Pembroke College, Cambridge (he became a Cambridge Master of Arts {MA(Cantab)}); he later gained a Master of Sacred Theology (STM) degree from General Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1957 after an earlier career as an accountant.[2] His first ministry position was as a curate at Rainham after which he held two posts in Bermondsey, firstly as priest in charge of the Cambridge University Mission Settlement and later as the vicar of St James' with Christ Church.[3] He became the Archdeacon of Southwark before being ordained to the episcopate in 1982 as the Bishop of Aston. After three years he was translated to be the Bishop of Southwell where he remained until 1988.[4] Taking temporary early retirement from Southwell with an injury in early 1988, he returned to Birmingham for a sabbatical year. In February 1989 (aged 59 and long before retirement age), he was invited to become a stipendiary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Birmingham.[5] In retirement he continued to serve as an honorary assistant bishop in Birmingham.

He died on 3 February 2017 at the age of 86.[6]


  1. ^ New bishop is Dickens descendant The Times Wednesday, Jan 13, 1982; pg. 10; Issue 61130; col D
  2. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  3. ^ "St James with Christ Church & St Crispin". The Diocese of Southwark. Archived from the original on 30 October 2004. Retrieved 2017-02-16.
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 Lambeth, Church House Publishing ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  5. ^ Squires, Steve (30 May 2014). "Rainbows through the Rain: Bishop Michael's new book". The Church of England. Retrieved 2017-02-16.
  6. ^ "Whinney". Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-02-16.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Mark Green
Bishop of Aston
Succeeded by
Colin Buchanan
Preceded by
Denis Wakeling
Bishop of Southwell
Succeeded by
Patrick Harris

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