Bishop of Leicester

last updated on: 19th Oct 2015

Diocesan Leadership in the absence of a Diocesan Bishop

With the diocese having said a formal farewell to Bishop Tim on Saturday 11th July it may be helpful to know who to contact about matters of concern and where responsibilities are being held across the Diocese until the arrival of a new Diocesan Bishop.

Bishop’s Lodge remains the main point of contact for episcopal requests, queries, invitations etc and these should be directed in the first instance to  or  tel 0116 270 8985.

Bishop’s  Staff

Members of Bishop’s Staff will continue to hold shared responsibility for leadership (under the chairmanship of an Interim Bishop, see below), meeting, worshipping and praying together every three weeks. Members of Bishop’s Staff are particularly conscious of the need to ensure support, guidance and encouragement through this time and are happy to be contacted directly or through Rachel or Adrian at Bishop’s Lodge.  If you wish to contact a member of Bishop’s Staff directly, the members of Bishop’s Staff and their phone numbers are:

Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester Cathedral:,
0116 261 5356

The Right Reverend Christopher Boyle, Assistant Bishop:,  0116 261 5326

The Venerable David Newman, Archdeacon of Loughborough:,
0116 261 5321

The Venerable Tim Stratford, Archdeacon of Leicester:, 0116 261 5319

Mr Jonathan Kerry, Diocesan Secretary & Chief Executive:,
0116 261 5310

Canon Sue Field, Diocesan Director of Ordinands:, 01509 234 472

Rev Adrian Jones, Bishop’s Chaplain & Policy Advisor:, 0116 270 3390

Mrs Rachel Radford, Bishop’s Executive Assistant:, 0116 270 8985

Canon Mike Harrison, Director of Mission and Ministry:, 0116 261 5317

If you are not sure which member of Bishop’s staff to contact about a given issue, please feel free to contact Bishop’s Lodge or any member of Bishop’s Staff who can advise you.

Interim Bishop

The Right Reverend John Holbrook the Bishop of Brixworth in the Diocese of Peterborough, will be the Interim Bishop of Leicester from 1 September 2015 until the new Diocesan Bishop takes office. He will be working with us for approximately two days each week. Bishop John will cover a variety of legal duties normally attached to the role of the diocesan bishop as well as providing an episcopal presence at diocesan events such as the Lay Congress and the ‘Called together’ Lay Ministries


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The Right Reverend Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester

Bishop Tim Stevens was raised in a rural vicarage in Essex and went to Chigwell School. After leaving school he spent a year in Zambia with Voluntary Service Overseas and then read Classics and English at Selwyn College, Cambridge. Subsequently he spent five years as a Management Trainee with the British Overseas Airways Corporation. This was followed by two years as a Second Secretary in the South Asian Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

He trained for ordination at Ripon Hall, Oxford and subsequently at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. He was ordained in 1976 as Curate in East Ham, East London. Subsequently he was Team Rector of Canvey Island in Essex.

As Bishop's Urban Officer in the Chelmsford Diocese and as Archdeacon of West Ham he was engaged in developing the Church Urban Fund projects and in reshaping Church buildings for the contemporary needs of the Church's mission in the City. Before taking up his present position, he was Suffragan Bishop of Dunwich in the County of Suffolk, working particularly with community and voluntary agencies in preparation for Regional Government.

He was appointed Bishop of Leicester in June 1999.

Particular interests include interfaith relations. The City of Leicester has the largest Hindu population in the United Kingdom as well as substantial Muslim, Sikh and other faith communities. Both at diocesan and at national level the Bishop is involved in conversations with those of other faiths, especially in finding ways of working with other faiths on regeneration issues in cities.

Bishop Tim is also the Convenor of the Lords Spirtual in the House of Lords, which is a coordinating role of the Bishops sitting in the House of Lords. He is also the lead spokesman for the Bishops on constitutional and children & families issues in the House.

Bishop Tim is the chair of the Council of Westcott House theological college in Cambridge.

Bishop Tim has a wife, Wendi, and a son Adam. Sadly their daughter Rachel passed away in 2015.

Bishop Tim's other interests include a keen attachment to cricket and rugby, including supporting the professional teams based in Leicester, and he is a keen walker.

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