John Saxbee

John Saxbee

John Charles Saxbee (1946–) is the 71st Bishop of Lincoln in the Church of England having held the post since 23 March 2002. He was introduced to the House of Lords as a new Lord Spiritual on 1 July 2008 at 2.30pm along with former Director-General of MI5, Baroness Manningham-Buller.

Education and call to the priesthood

Bristol-born, Saxbee was educated at the University of Bristol and went on to complete his PhD at Durham University. He trained for the priesthood at Cranmer Hall in Durham and was ordained in Exeter Cathedral in 1972. From 1972 he was curate at Compton Gifford in the Diocese of Exeter before moving to Weston Mill in the same diocese as priest-in-charge in 1977. He later became Vicar of Weston Mill before moving to become Team Vicar of Central Exeter Team Ministry in 1981; a post he held until 1987. He was Joint Director of the South West Ministerial Training Course between 1981 and 1992 and was a member of the General Synod between 1985 and 1994.

He became a Prebendary at Exeter Cathedral in 1988 until his appointment as Archdeacon of Ludlow and Prebendary of Hereford Cathedral in 1992. Between 1992 and 1994 he was also priest-in-charge of Wistanstow and Acton Scott. He was appointed Suffragan Bishop of Ludlow in 1994 whilst remaining Archdeacon of Ludlow. He relinquished both posts when he took up his role as Bishop of Lincoln in 2002, his appointment having been announced on 4 September 2001. Dr Saxbee is also an academic writer having published Liberal Evangelism: a flexible response to the decade in 1994.


Personal life

Dr Saxbee is married to Jacqueline with whom he has one grown up daughter. He enjoys reading Victorian novels, watching sport on television and listening to music.

Other appointments

  • President, Modern Churchpeople's Union (1997–)
  • Religious Adviser, Central Television (?–)
  • Member, Springboard Executive (1998–)
  • Member, College of Evangelists (1998–)


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