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Christopher Paul Edmondson (born 25 June 1950) is a British Anglican retired bishop. He was the Bishop of Bolton, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Manchester, from 2008 to 2016.[3] He is presently an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Leeds.

Chris Edmondson
Bishop of Bolton
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Manchester
In office2008–2016
PredecessorDavid Gillett
SuccessorMark Ashcroft
Consecration25 April 2008[1]
Personal details
Born (1950-06-25) 25 June 1950 (age 69)
Carlisle, Cumbria, United Kingdom[2]
Previous postWarden of Lee Abbey, 2002–2008
Alma materSt John's College, Durham


Early life and educationEdit

Edmondson was born on 25 June 1950.[2] He was educated at St John's College, Durham University.[4][5]

Ordained ministryEdit

Edmondson was ordained in 1974 and began his ecclesiastical career with a curacy at Kirkheaton.[6] From 1979 until 1986 he was Vicar of Ovenden, and also in the latter part of his Incumbency the Bishop of Wakefield’s adviser on Evangelism. After further pastoral posts he became Warden of Lee Abbey, Lynton, Devon, in 2002.[7][8] This lead in turn to elevation to the suffragan bishopric of Bolton on the retirement of David Gillett. He since became chair of the Scargill Movement — a position he still holds.

Episcopal ministryEdit

Edmondson was consecrated on 25 April 2008 at York Minster and installed at Manchester Cathedral two days later. Both ceremonies were shared with Mark Davies, Bishop of Middleton (his fellow suffragan in the diocese).[1] Between the retirement of Nigel McCulloch on 17 January 2013 and David Walker's confirmation on 7 October 2013, Edmondson and Davies were (co-equally) acting Bishops of Manchester.[9] On 31 October 2015, Edmondson announced that he would retire as Bishop of Bolton on 30 June 2016.[10]



  1. ^ a b BBC Manchester — A triple Bishop making
  2. ^ a b Debrett's People of Today — Chris Edmondson Bolton
  3. ^ News of appointment
  4. ^ Crockfords on-line accessed Monday 24 March 2008 13:20
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Crockfords (Ibid)
  7. ^ Daily Telegraph Social News (p26) Issue number 47,526 dated 24 March 2008
  8. ^ Lee Abbey (Accessed 3 July 2016)
  9. ^ Diocese of Manchester – Bishop of Manchester has retired (Accessed 16 November 2015)
  10. ^ Diocese of Manchester — Bishop Chris sets date for his retirement (Accessed 16 November 2015)
Church of England titles
Preceded by
David Gillett
Bishop of Bolton
Succeeded by
Mark Ashcroft