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Martin Clive Warner SSC (born 24 December 1958)[2] is an Anglican bishop in England. He is currently the Bishop of Chichester.

Martin Warner

Bishop of Chichester
ChurchChurch of England
In office2012–present
PredecessorJohn Hind
Other postsBishop of Whitby (2010–2012)
Ordinationc. 1984
Consecration26 January 2010[1]
by John Sentamu
Personal details
Born (1958-12-24) 24 December 1958 (age 60)
ResidenceThe Palace, Chichester
Alma materUniversity of Durham


Early life and educationEdit

Warner was educated at King's School, Rochester, Maidstone Grammar School, St Chad's College and the University of Durham in the 1970s. He then trained for ordination at St Stephen's House, Oxford, later earning a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at the University of Durham.

Ordained ministryEdit

Warner was a canon residentiary at St Paul's Cathedral, 2003–2009: the canon pastor from 2003 to 2008 and then canon treasurer until 2009.[3]

Episcopal ministryEdit

Warner was consecrated as a bishop in the Church of England at York Minster on 26 January 2010[1] and then welcomed on 30 January 2010 at St Hilda's Church, Whitby.[4] He suffered a cardiac arrest on 23 August 2010 while on holiday in Florence,[5] but has since returned to work.[6] From 2008 to 2011, Warner wrote the weekly "Sunday's Readings" column for the Church Times.

On 3 May 2012, Warner's appointment as the next diocesan Bishop of Chichester was announced,[7] his election was confirmed on 2 July[8] and his enthronement took place in Chichester Cathedral on 25 November.[9]

On 20 November 2012, Warner was one of three bishops (and one of the two diocesans) in the General Synod who voted against a motion to allow the ordination of women as bishops in the Church of England.[10] His position on the issue has been criticised by some local clergy and parishioners across the Chichester diocese.[11]

In a compromise by John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, to whom the candidate professed canonical obedience, Warner officiated as principal celebrant in the laying-on of hands and Eucharist for the episcopal consecration of Philip North as suffragan Bishop of Burnley at York Minster on 2 February 2015 (Feast of Candlemas).[citation needed]

He is a member of the Council of Bishops of The Society.[12] He was introduced to the House of Lords as a Lord Spiritual on 15 January 2018.[13]



  1. ^ a b Diocese of York — Consecration of the Bishop of Whitby
  2. ^ Warner, Martin Clive. Who's Who. 2017 (November 2016 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 13 June 2017. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  3. ^ a b St Paul's Annual Report 2008
  4. ^ Diocese of York — Service of Welcome for the Bishop of Whitby
  5. ^ "Bishop Martin Warner taken ill". The Diocese of York. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  6. ^ Diocese of York — Update from Bishop Martin
  7. ^ Number 10 – Diocese of Chichester
  8. ^ The Chichester Diocesan Fund and Board of Finance Incorporated – Report of the Board and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2012 p. 6 (Accessed 15 July 2013)
  9. ^ Diocese of Chichester — "Do not be afraid" says new Bishop as he surveys national and local challenges
  10. ^ "General Synod — November 2012 — Electronic voting results for Item 501". Thinking Anglicans. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  11. ^ "Chichester Observer — Women bishops row heats up in Chichester". Chichester Observer. 30 November 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  12. ^ "The Council of Bishops". The Society. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  13. ^ Hansard — Introduction: Bishop of Chichester (Accessed 26 January 2018)
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Hind
Bishop of Chichester