World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Anthony Russell

Article Id: WHEBN0003221717
Reproduction Date:

Title: Anthony Russell  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Stephen Conway, Anglican Bishops of Dorchester, Bishops of Ely, Fellows of Trinity College, Oxford, Bishop of Dorchester (modern)
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Anthony Russell

The Rt Revd
Anthony Russell
BA DPhil
Bishop of Ely
Diocese Diocese of Ely
In office 2000–28 February 2010
Predecessor Rt Revd Stephen Sykes
Successor Rt Revd Stephen Conway
Other posts Area Bishop of Dorchester
Chaplain to The Queen
Ordination 1971
Consecration 1988
Personal details
Born (1943-01-25) 25 January 1943
Denomination Anglican
Profession Author
Alma mater St Chad's College, Durham

Anthony John Russell (born 25 January 1943) is a retired British Church of England bishop. He was the Bishop of Dorchester from 1988 to 2000 and Bishop of Ely from 2000 to 2010.


  • Early life 1
  • Ecclesiastical career 2
  • Works and personal life 3
  • Other positions 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Russell was educated at Uppingham School, St Chad's College, Durham and Trinity College, Oxford, where he earned a DPhil degree. He studied for ordination at Ripon College (Cuddesdon).

Ecclesiastical career

Russell was a curate in the Hilborough group of parishes in the Diocese of Norwich from 1970 to 1973. From 1973 to 1976 he was priest-in-charge of Preston-on-Stour with Whitchurch and of Atherstone on Stour in the Diocese of Coventry. For the next 11 years he was the vicar of Preston-on-Stour and Whitchurch with Atherstone and also canon theologian of Coventry Cathedral. From 1973 to 1982 he was chaplain of the Arthur Rank Centre and its director from 1983 to 1988.

From 1983 to 1988 Russell served as a chaplain to The Queen.[1][2] He was nominated as area Bishop of Dorchester in 1987[3] and consecrated in 1988, before being nominated as the Bishop of Ely in 2000.[4] Russell initiated proceedings in the church courts against the Vicar of Trumpington, Tom Ambrose. He retired on 28 February 2010.[5]

Works and personal life

Russell has published a number of books, especially on the role of the church in the countryside. These include The Country Parson (1993), The Country Parish (1986) and The Clerical Profession (1980). He is a leading spokesman for the church on rural and farming matters.

Russell, as a keen horseman, upon appointment as area Bishop of Dorchester, changed his Oxfordshire episcopal residence in order to secure suitable stabling.

Other positions

  • Member of the Rural Development Commission and was the Archbishops' Commissioner on Rural Areas.
  • Vice president of the Royal Agricultural Society.
  • RASE President from 2004 to 2005.
  • President of the East of England Agricultural Society from 2007 to 2008.
    • He was made a fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies in 2008.
  • Governing council of Radley College.
  • President of the Woodard Corporation, a federation of 44 Anglican schools in the private and maintained sectors.
  • Member of the Rural Development Commission (1991–99).
  • Trustee of the Rural Housing Trust (1983–2006).
  • President of the Cambridgeshire Rural Community Council.
  • Admitted to the House of Lords in 2007 and left upon his retirement.
  • Honorary fellow of Wolfson College and St Edmund's College at Cambridge University (2000) and St Chad's College at Durham University (2007).
  • Honorary fellow of Trinity College Oxford (2011)


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 49507. p. 13491. 14 October 1983. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 51345. p. 6095. 24 May 1988. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 51131. p. 14461. 24 November 1987. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 55844. p. 5127. 10 May 2000. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
  5. ^

External links

  • Diocese of Ely website profile
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.