Nigel Stock (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Nigel Stock
Bishop at Lambeth
Church Church of England
In office 2013 – 2017
Successor Tim Thornton (announced)
Other posts Bishop of Stockport (Diocese of Chester; 2000–2007)
Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich (2007–2013)
Bishop to the Forces and Bishop for the Falkland Islands (2014 – 2017)
Ordination 1976 (deacon)
1977 (priest)
by John Habgood
Consecration 2000
Personal details
Born (1950-01-29) 29 January 1950 (age 68)
Denomination Anglican
Residence Lambeth Palace
Children three
Alma mater St Cuthbert's Society, Durham

William Nigel Stock (born 29 January 1950) is a British Anglican bishop. From 2013 until his 2017 retirement, he was Bishop at Lambeth, Bishop to the Forces and Bishop for the Falkland Islands;[1] from 2007 to 2013 he was Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.

Early life and education

Stock was born on 29 January 1950.[2] He was educated at Durham School, St Cuthbert's Society, Durham University and studied for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon.

Ordained ministry

He was made a deacon at Petertide 1976 (27 June),[3] and ordained a priest the Petertide following (26 June 1977), both times by John Habgood, Bishop of Durham, at Durham Cathedral.[4] From 1976 to 1979, he was a curate at St Peter's Church, Stockton in the Diocese of Durham.

From 1979 to 1984, he was priest-in-charge of St Peter's in Taraka in the Diocese of Aipo Rongo, Papua New Guinea. From 1985 to 1991, he was vicar of St Mark's Shiremoor in the Diocese of Newcastle; moving to become Team Rector of North Shields from 1991 to 1998. He was appointed Commissary for the Archbishop of Papua New Guinea in 1986.[5] He was also Rural Dean of Tynemouth from 1992 to 1998 and an honorary canon of Newcastle Cathedral from 1997 to 1998. He was a canon residentiary of Durham Cathedral from 1998 to 2000 and also Chaplain of Grey College, Durham in 1999 and 2000.

Episcopal ministry

He became Bishop of Stockport in the Diocese of Chester in 2000.

Stock became Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich upon the confirmation on 22 October 2007[6] of his canonical election to that See, and entered the House of Lords as a Lord Spiritual in March 2011.[7]

It was announced on 25 June 2013 that Stock would resign his see to become Bishop at Lambeth, the right-hand bishop to Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace.[8] Stock was commissioned as Bishop to the Forces and Bishop for the Falkland Islands by Welby on 9 July 2014 at Lambeth Palace.[1]

On 8 March 2017, it was announced that Stock was to retire during August 2017.[9]

Personal life

Stock is married and has three children.[5]



  1. ^ a b [1]
  2. ^ Peter Owen — Diocesan Bishops in the Church of England
  3. ^ "Petertide ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#5916). 2 July 1976. p. 8. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 12 June 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ "Petertide ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#5968). 1 July 1977. p. 4. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 12 June 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ a b Number 10 — Queen approves new bishop (National Archives)
  6. ^ BBC News — New bishop introduced by podcast (Accessed 21 December 2016)
  7. ^ Lords' Hansard, website of the British Parliament, 17 March 2011
  8. ^ "Announcement of staff changes in the Archbishop's staff" (Press release). Lambeth Palace. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Archbishop of Canterbury — Nigel Stock announces retirement as Bishop at Lambeth (Accessed 17 March 2017)
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Geoffrey Turner
Bishop of Stockport
Succeeded by
Robert Atwell
Preceded by
Richard Lewis
Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
Succeeded by
Martin Seeley
(Acting, 2013–2015: David Thomson)
Title last held by
Richard Llewellin
Bishop at Lambeth
2013 – 2017
Succeeded by
Tim Thornton
Preceded by
Stephen Venner
Bishop to the Forces
Bishop for the Falkland Islands

2014 – 2017
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