Colin Buchanan (bishop)

Colin Ogilvie Buchanan (born 8 August 1934) is a British retired Anglican bishop and academic who specialised in liturgy. He served as the Principal of St John's College, Nottingham (1979–1985), the Bishop of Aston (1985–1989), and the Bishop of Woolwich (1996–2004).

Colin Buchanan
Bishop of Woolwich
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Southwark
In office1996–2004 (retired)
PredecessorPeter Hall
SuccessorChristopher Chessun
Other postsHonorary assistant bishop in Bradford (2004–present)
Bishop of Aston (1985–1989)
Principal of the St John's College, Nottingham (1979–1985)
Ordination1961 (deacon)
1962 (priest)
Personal details
Born (1934-08-08) 8 August 1934 (age 85)
ParentsProf. Robert & Kathleen Parnell
SpouseWife (m. 1963)
ProfessionAcademic (liturgy)
Alma materLincoln College, Oxford

Early life and educationEdit

Buchanan was born on 8 August 1934 to Prof. Robert Ogilvie Buchanan and Kathleen Mary Buchanan (née Parnell).[1] He was educated at Whitgift School, then an all-boys direct grant grammar school.[1] He studied Literae Humaniores at Lincoln College, Oxford, graduating with a second class Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree; as per tradition, his BA was later promoted to a Master of Arts (MA Oxon) degree.[1][2] In 1959, he entered Tyndale Hall, Bristol, an Evangelical Anglican theological college, to train for ordained ministry.[1]

In 1993, Buchanan was awarded a Lambeth Doctor of Divinity (DD) degree.[2][3]

Ordained ministryEdit

Buchanan was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1961 and as a priest in 1962.[2] From 1961 to 1964, he served his curacy in the benefice of Cheadle (St Cuthbert and St Mary) in the Diocese of Chester.[1][2]

In 1964, Buchanan joined the London College of Divinity (later known as St John's College, Nottingham), where he would spend the next 21 years working.[1][4] He was the librarian from 1964 to 1969, the registrar from 1969 to 1974, director of studies from 1974 to 1975, vice-principal from 1975 to 1978, and finally principal from 1979 to 1985.[2] During this time, he was also a tutor in liturgy at the college, and he was a member of the Church of England's Liturgical Commission from 1964 to 1986.[4][3] From 1981 to 1985, he was an honorary canon of Southwell Minster.[2]

In 1985, Buchanan was consecrated as a bishop.[2] From 1985 to 1989, he served as the Bishop of Aston, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Birmingham.[1] He was an assistant bishop of the Diocese of Rochester from 1989 to 1996, and of the Diocese of Southwark from 1990 to 1991.[2] He served as a member of the House of Bishops of the General Synod from 1990 to 2004.[4] He was also Vicar of St Mark's Church, Gillingham between 1991 and 1996.[1] He then returned to the episcopate on a full-time basis and served as the Bishop of Woolwich, an area bishop of the Diocese of Southwark, from 1996 to 2004.[2]

In July 2004, Buchanan retired from full-time ministry.[2][3] He was an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Bradford from 2004 to 2014, and of the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds from 2005 to 2014.[2] Since 2015, he has been an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Leeds,[1] and he is based in the Bradford Episcopal Area.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1963, Buchanan married.[1] Together they have two children.[6]

Selected worksEdit

  • Buchanan, Colin O., ed. (1968). Modern Anglican liturgies, 1958-1968. London: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0192134165.
  • Buchanan, C. O. (1970). Growing into union: proposals for forming a united Church in England. London: S.P.C.K. ISBN 978-0281024872.
  • Buchanan, Colin O., ed. (1975). Further Anglican liturgies, 1968-1975. Bramcote: Grove Books. ISBN 978-0901710666.
  • Buchanan, Colin, ed. (1980). Anglican worship today: Collins illustrated guide to the Alternative Service Book 1980. London: Collins. ISBN 978-0005996614.
  • Buchanan, Colin O., ed. (1985). Latest Anglican liturgies 1975-1984. London: S.P.C.K. ISBN 978-0281041404.
  • Buchanan, Colin (1998). Is the Church of England Biblical?: An Anglican Ecclesiology. London, UK: Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. ISBN 978-0232521344.
  • Buchanan, Colin (2006). Historical Dictionary of Anglicanism. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0810853270.
  • Buchanan, Colin, ed. (2011). Anglican eucharistic liturgies, 1985-2010. London: Canterbury Press. ISBN 978-1848250871.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "BUCHANAN, Rt Rev. Colin Ogilvie". Who's Who 2017. Oxford University Press. November 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Colin Ogilvie Buchanan". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Buchanan, Colin (2006). "About the Author". Historical dictionary of Anglicanism. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press. pp. 551–554. ISBN 978-0810853270.
  4. ^ a b c "Rt Revd Dr Colin Buchanan". St John's School of Mission. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Colin Buchanan". Diocese of Leeds. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  6. ^ Debrett's People of Today London, 2008 Debrett's, ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Michael Whinney
Bishop of Aston
Title next held by
John Austin
Preceded by
Peter Hall
Bishop of Woolwich
Succeeded by
Christopher Chessun