John Austin (bishop)

John Michael Austin OBE (14 March 1939 – 17 August 2007)[1] was the Bishop of Aston from 1992 to 2005, filling a post which had been vacant since the previous incumbent Colin Buchanan resigned in 1989. After Austin the post again remained vacant for three years until the Diocese announced the appointment of Andrew Watson to fill the post[2] In retirement, he served the Diocese of Leicester as stipendiary assistant bishop — called Assistant Bishop of Leicester — from 2005 until 2007.[3]

John Austin
Bishop of Aston
DioceseDiocese of Birmingham
In office1992 – July 2005 (retired)
PredecessorColin Buchanan
SuccessorAndrew Watson
Other post(s)Assistant Bishop of Leicester (2005–2007)
Ordination1964 (deacon); 1965 (priest)
by Mervyn Stockwood, at Southwark Cathedral (deacon)
Personal details
Born(1939-03-14)14 March 1939
Died17 August 2007(2007-08-17) (aged 68)
ParentsJohn & Margaret
SpouseRosemary King (m. 1971)
Children2 sons: Fenner & Jacob; 1 daughter: Naomi
Alma materSt Edmund Hall, Oxford

Austin was educated at Worksop College and St Edmund Hall, Oxford (proceeding Oxford Master of Arts {MA(Oxon)}). He was ordained in 1965 and began his ordained ministry with a curacy at St John the Evangelist's East Dulwich.[4] He then held positions in Chicago and Walworth before becoming the Social Responsibility Adviser to the Diocese of St Albans. Appointed the Director of the London Diocesan Board for Social Responsibility in 1984, he was a committed campaigner for social justice.[5]


  1. ^ 'AUSTIN, Rt Rev. John Michael', Who Was Who, A & C Black, 2007; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2007 [1], accessed 4 July 2012
  2. ^ Daily Telegraph "Appointments in the clergy" p28 Issue no 47,670 (dated Monday 8 September 2008)
  3. ^ GS 2052 — Creation of suffragan see for the Diocese of Leicester p. 8, paragraphs 3 and 4 (Accessed 28 January 2017)
  4. ^ Crockford's clerical directory, 1995 (London: Church House ISBN 0-7151-8088-6)
  5. ^ Birmingham Mail


Church of England titles
Title last held by
Colin Buchanan
Bishop of Aston
Title next held by
Andrew Watson
Title last held by
Bill Down
Assistant Bishop of Leicester
Title next held by
Christopher Boyle