Richard Wood (bishop)

Richard James Wood (25 August 1920 – 9 October 2008) was a British Anglican bishop and anti-apartheid campaigner. He was ordained in the Church of England and served his curacy in the Diocese of Salisbury. He then moved to South Africa and served in a number of parish posts before becoming the Suffragan Bishop of Damaraland in 1973. He was expelled from South Africa in 1975 for speaking out against the apartheid government. He returned to England permanently in 1977, and became Vicar of St Mary's Church, Hull and chaplain to the University of Hull; during this time, he was also an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of York. His final post before retirement, from 1979 to 1983, was as a member of staff of St Mark's Theological College, Dar es Salaam.[1][2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ 'WOOD, Rt Rev. Richard James', Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014; online edn, April 2014 accessed 18 Aug 2017
  2. ^ Vigne, Randolph (19 October 2008). "The Right Rev Richard Wood: Anglican bishop in Namibia expelled for his opposition to apartheid". The Independent. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  3. ^ "The Right Reverend Richard Wood". The Daily Telegraph. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Richard James Wood". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  5. ^ Herbstein, Denis (21 October 2008). "The Right Rev Richard Wood". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
Anglican Communion titles
New title Suffragan Bishop of Damaraland
1973 to 1977
Succeeded by