Nigel Stock (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Nigel Stock
Bishop at Lambeth
Church Church of England
In office 2013 – 2017 (announced)
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 {announced})
Ordination c. 1976
Consecration 2000
Personal details
Born (1950-01-29) 29 January 1950 (age 67)
Denomination Anglican
Residence Lambeth Palace
Spouse Carolyne[1]
Children 3 sons[1]
Alma mater St Cuthbert's Society, Durham

William Nigel Stock (born 29 January 1950) is the current Bishop at Lambeth, Bishop to the Forces and Bishop for the Falkland Islands.[2] From 2007 to 2013 he was Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.

Early life and education

Stock was born on 29 January 1950.[3] He was educated at Durham School, St Cuthbert's Society, Durham University and studied for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon.

Ordained ministry

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.[1] 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[4] of his canonical election to that See, and entered the House of Lords as a Lord Spiritual in March 2011.[5]

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.[6] Stock was commissioned as Bishop to the Forces and Bishop for the Falkland Islands by Welby on 9 July 2014 at Lambeth Palace.[2]

On 8 March 2017, it was announced that Stock is to retire during August 2017.[7]



  1. ^ a b c Number 10 — Queen approves new bishop (National Archives)
  2. ^ a b [1]
  3. ^ Peter Owen — Diocesan Bishops in the Church of England
  4. ^ BBC News — New bishop introduced by podcast (Accessed 21 December 2016)
  5. ^ Lords' Hansard, website of the British Parliament, 17 March 2011
  6. ^ "Announcement of staff changes in the Archbishop's staff" (Press release). Lambeth Palace. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  7. ^ 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 (announced)
Succeeded by
Tim Thornton
Preceded by
Stephen Venner
Bishop to the Forces
Bishop for the Falkland Islands

2014 – 2017 (announced)
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