John Waine

Bishop of Chelmsford
DioceseDiocese of Chelmsford
In office1986–1996
PredecessorJohn Trillo
SuccessorJohn Perry
Other post(s)Clerk of the Closet (1989–1996)
Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich (1978–1986)
Bishop of Stafford (1975–1978)
Consecration24 June 1975
Personal details
Born(1930-06-20)20 June 1930
Died29 December 2020(2020-12-29) (aged 90)
ChildrenStephen Waine
Alma materUniversity of Manchester

John Waine KCVO GCStJ (20 June 1930 – 29 December 2020)[1] was Bishop of Chelmsford from 1986 to 1996; and previously Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich from 1978 to 1986,[2] Bishop of Stafford, 1975–1978. He also served as Clerk of the Closet from 1989 to 1997, and in retirement served as a lay member on the Press Complaints Commission.[3]

Educated at Prescot Grammar School and the University of Manchester, he studied for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge before embarking on an ecclesiastical career with a Curacy at St Mary's Church, West Derby, Liverpool;[4] served a second curacy in Sutton Parish (in the same diocese); Incumbencies at Ditton, Southport and Kirkby in the same diocese followed,[5] before consecration to the episcopate on 24 June 1975 by Donald Coggan, Archbishop of Canterbury, at St Paul's Cathedral.[6] He was translated to become Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich in November 1978,[7] serving until he became Bishop of Chelmsford in 1986. Having become Bishop of Chelmsford shortly beforehand at the confirmation of his election, he was enthroned at Chelmsford Cathedral on 31 May 1986[8] and he retired on 30 April 1996.[9] He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Essex.[10] Waine was also the Prelate of the Venerable Order of Saint John until 24 June 2007.[11]

At Petertide 1984 (1 July), as Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, he made his son, Stephen (now Dean of Chichester), a deacon, at St Edmundsbury Cathedral (by letters dimissory from the vacant See of Lichfield).[12]


On 15 November 1996, Waine was appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order[13] (KCVO). On 12 November 1999 he was appointed Bailiff Grand Cross of the Order of St John (GCStJ).[14]

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  2. ^ The Times, Wednesday, June 07, 1978; pg. 20; Issue 60321; col E Church news Next Bishop of St Edmundsbury
  3. ^ Joins PCC Archived 2011-06-09 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Church web site Archived 2013-07-19 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Who's Who 1992 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3514-2
  6. ^ "New suffragans consecrated". Church Times (#5863). 27 June 1975. p. 3. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 9 March 2016 – via UK Press Online archives.
  7. ^ "Brickie bishop". Church Times (#6040). 17 November 1978. p. 10. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 9 March 2016 – via UK Press Online archives.
  8. ^ "Bishop unafraid of size of new diocese". Church Times (#6434). 6 June 1986. p. 2. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 9 March 2016 – via UK Press Online archives.
  9. ^ "Marathon man to run diocese". Church Times (#6936). 19 January 1996. p. 1. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 9 March 2016 – via UK Press Online archives.
  10. ^ University of Essex Citation[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Order of St John – Annual Report & Accounts 2007 Archived 2014-01-16 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Petertide ordinations". Church Times (#6334). 6 July 1984. p. 4. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 22 June 2017 – via UK Press Online archives.
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  14. ^ "Other Notices". Retrieved 2019-10-12.
Church of England titles Preceded byRichard Clitherow Bishop of Stafford 1975–1978 Succeeded byJohn Waller Preceded byLeslie Brown Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich 1978–1986 Succeeded byJohn Dennis Preceded byJohn Trillo Bishop of Chelmsford 1986–1996 Succeeded byJohn Perry Preceded byJohn Bickersteth Clerk of the Closet 1989–1996 Succeeded byJonathan Bailey