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James Langstaff (bishop)

The Rt Revd
James Langstaff
Bishop of Rochester
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Rochester
Installed 11 December 2010[2]
Predecessor Michael Nazir-Ali
Other posts Bishop of Lynn (2004–2010)
Ordination 1982
Consecration 21 June 2004[3]
Personal details
Born (1956-06-27) 27 June 1956 (age 58)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Parents Henry & Jillian (nee Brooks, now Harper)
Spouse Bridget (1977—present)[4]
Children Alasdair and Helen[4]
Alma mater St Catherine's College, Oxford

Langstaff was educated at St Catherine's College, Oxford[5] and ordained in 1982.[7] His ordained ministry began with a curacy at St Peter's Farnborough, Hampshire,[8] after which he was Vicar of St Matthew's Duddeston and St Clement's Nechells. He was the then chaplain to the Rt Revd Mark Santer (Bishop of Birmingham) and Area Dean of Sutton Coldfield before his ordination as Bishop of Lynn in 2004. Langstaff was enthroned as Bishop of Lynn on 26 June 2004.[3]

On 22 June 2010, it was announced that Langstaff was to become the Bishop of Rochester,[9] succeeding the Rt Revd Michael Nazir-Ali. He was installed on 11 December 2010.[2]

Langstaff is married with two children, Alasdair and Helen.[10]


  • James Langstaff Esq (1956–1982)
  • The Revd James Langstaff (1982–2004[1])
  • The Rt Revd James Langstaff (2004—present)


Church of England titles
Preceded by
Tony Foottit
Bishop of Lynn
Succeeded by
Jonathan Meyrick
Preceded by
Michael Nazir-Ali
Bishop of Rochester

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