Timothy Dudley-Smith

Timothy Dudley-Smith OBE (born 26 December 1926) is an English hymnwriter and a retired bishop of the Church of England.

Timothy Dudley-Smith

Bishop of Thetford
In office1981–1992
PredecessorHugh Blackburne
SuccessorHugo de Waal
Other postsHonorary assistant bishop in Salisbury (1992–present)
Archdeacon of Norwich (1973–1981)
Ordination1950 (deacon); 1951 (priest)
Personal details
Born (1926-12-26) 26 December 1926 (age 93)
Manchester, UK
ParentsArthur & Phyllis
Arlette MacDonald
(m. 1959; died 2007)
Children1 son; 2 daughters
ProfessionBishop, hymnist
Alma materPembroke College, Cambridge

Born in Manchester, England, he was educated at Tonbridge School and Pembroke College, Cambridge, before moving on to study theology at Ridley Hall.[1] He was ordained deacon in 1950 and priest in 1951. Shortly afterwards, he became editor of Crusade magazine and ran a Boys' Club in Bermondsey, South London.[1] He married Arlette in 1959.[2] He served as Archdeacon of Norwich from 1973 to 1981 and as Bishop of Thetford from 1981 to 1991. He also served as President of the Evangelical Alliance.[3]

Dudley-Smith is known as a writer of texts for hymns, including "Tell Out, my Soul". He is a member and honorary vice-president of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland. The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada has named him a "fellow".[4] In 2003, he was appointed an OBE "for services to hymnody".[4] In July 2009 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Durham University.[5]


  1. ^ a b "A Song Was Heard at Christmas". Carols.net. 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  2. ^ Saward, Michael (2006). "Timothy Dudley-Smith: An Acknowledged Master Craftsman" (PDF). Anvil. 23 (4): 290. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  3. ^ Dudley-Smith, Timothy (1997). "Lord, for the Years..." Evangelicals Now. Interviewed by Shirt, Esme. Archived from the original on 27 June 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Dudley-Smith, Timothy". Hope Publishing. Archived from the original on 5 June 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2008.
  5. ^ Watson, J. R. (2009). "Timothy Dudley Smith: Doctor of Divinity" (PDF). Durham, England: Durham University. Retrieved 15 August 2010.

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Hugh Blackburne
Bishop of Thetford
Succeeded by
Hugo de Waal
Religious titles
Preceded by
President of the Evangelical Alliance
Succeeded by
Fred Catherwood