Biography and Roles


Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry, read Theology at the University of Manchester. After teaching in secondary education, he trained for ordination and pursued doctoral studies. Bishop Christopher has served in parochial and chaplaincy ministry and in theological education, latterly as Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge. In 2010 he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity by the University of London for his services to education. He has written a number of books and articles in the area of Christian theology and worship with his last book, Holding Together: Gospel, Church and Spirit being shortlisted for the 2011 Michael Ramsey Prize.

Bishop Christopher is Co-Chair of the Joint Implementation Commission of the Anglican-Methodist Covenant, and is Chair of the Faith and Order Commission of the Church of England. He entered the House of Lords in January 2013.

He is married to Charlotte and they have a large family. Among Christopher’s hobbies, is organic fruit and vegetable gardening, and although a latecomer growing fruit and vegetables is increasingly becoming quite a passion.

Roles and responsibilities

This page contains a list of the organisations, groups and committees that Bishop Christopher is involved in.

Patronages in the Diocese

  • Barcheston in Peril
  • British Organisation for People of Asian origin (BOPA)
  • Christian Outreach Relief & Development (CORD)
  • Coventry Diocesan Guild of Bellringers
  • Coventry Foodbank
  • CREATE (Christians Resourcing and Energising Artistic Talent Everywhere)
  • Friends of Shakespeare's Church
  • Global Care
  • Keeping Health in Mind
  • Mary Ann Evans Hospice
  • Positive About Young People
  • Radio Plus
  • Rugby Foodbank
  • The Hope Fund

National and International Patronages

  • African Pastors' Fellowship
  • Dresden Trust (ex-officio)
  • International Friendship and Reconciliation Trust
  • Philo Trust 

Chairships and Presidencies 

  • Anglican Methodist Covenant Joint-Implementation Commission (Co-Chair)
  • Church of England's Faith and Order Commission (Chair)
  • Coventry and Warwickshire YMCA (President)
  • Coventry 2020 (Chair)
  • Dudley Lodge & St. Faith's Shelter (President)
  • Dugdale Society (Vice-President)
  • Friends of Coventry Cathedral (President)
  • The Heart of England Community Foundation (Joint President)
  • Medical and Life Sciences Research Fund (Vice-President) 
  • The Saints' Projects Trust (President)
  • Warwickshire County Cricket Club (Vice-Chair)

Diocesan, National and International Trusteeships

  • Coventry Refugee Centre
  • Frauenkirche Foundation (ex-officio)
  • Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (ex-officio)

Episcopal Visitor

  • CMS
  • The Community of Aidan and Hilda
  • Coventry Cathedral (ex-officio)
  • The Lord Leycester Hospital (ex-officio)

Board of Reference

  • Christian Solidarity Worldwide

Society and Church Body Membership

  • General Synod
  • House of Bishops' Standing Committee
  • The Society for the Study of Theology
  • The Society of Liturgical Study