Russell White (bishop)

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Russell Berridge White was the inaugural Bishop of Tonbridge from 1959[1] to 1968.

Born on 13 December 1896 he was educated at the City of Oxford School and (after wartime service with the Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars) St Edmund Hall, Oxford.[2] After this he studied for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford followed by a curacy at St Philemon, Toxteth.[3] Between 1929 and 1933 he was Vicar of St Chrysostom, Everton and then until 1937 he was Chaplain to the Mercers' Company and Secretary of the Evangelical Churchmens Ordination Council, with an office in St Mary Woolnoth in the City of London. From 1937 to 1945 he was Vicar of St Stephens, East Twickenham. From 1945 until his retirement in 1968 he served as firstly Vicar and Rural Dean and then Bishop of Tonbridge.[4] From 1968 until his death in 1978 he was Assistant Bishop in the Guildford Diocese. Described by The Times[5] as “one of the most trusted of his generation of evangelical leaders” he died on 12 December 1979, the day before his 83rd birthday.


  1. ^ The Times Monday, 27 Oct 1958; pg. 8; Issue 54292; col A First Bishop Suffragan Of Tonbridge appointed
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ Picture of church
  4. ^ Crockford's clerical directory1975-76 Lambeth, Church House, 1975 ISBN 978-0-19-200008-8
  5. ^ The Times, Monday, 19 Nov 1979; pg. VIII; Issue 60478; col H Rt Rev R. B. White Obituary
Church of England titles
New title Bishop of Tonbridge
1959 – 1968
Succeeded by
Henry David Halsey

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