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The Rt Revd Nicholas Roderick Holtam

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Address               South Canonry, 71 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2ER
Tel                       01722 334031
Email                   bishop.salisbury@salisbury.anglican.org 

Born                    8 August 1954, Launton, near Bicester, Oxfordshire
Baptised              31 October 1954 St Mary the Virgin, Launton
Confirmed            4 May 1967 St Andrew's, Enfield, Middlesex
Ordained Deacon 30 September 1979 St Paul’s Cathedral by the Bishop of London
Ordained Priest    28 September 1980 St Mary’s Islington by the Bishop of Stepney
Married                24 July 1981 to Helen Harris at Ratcliffe Preparatory Meeting (Society of Friends),
                           Toynbee Hall, London, E1
                           Four children (David b 1983 m Eleanor 2009, Eve b 2011; Timothy b 1984; Sarah b
                           1986; Philip b 1989)
Ordained and consecrated Bishop: 
                           22 July 2011 St Paul’s Cathedral by the Archbishop of Canterbury with the Bishop of 
                           London, Bishop of Leicester and others

Education and Awards

1965-72               Latymer Grammar School, Edmonton, London, N9
1972-5                 Collingwood College, Durham University, B.A., Geography
1976-8                 King's College, London University, B.D., A.K.C
1978-9                 Westcott House, Cambridge, Examinations of the Cambridge Federation of Theological
1989                    M.A., Theology, Durham University
2005                    Fellow of King’s College London
2005                    Durham University: Hon DCL
2013                    Hon Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians


2011-                   Bishop of Salisbury
In addition:
2008-                   Trustee of the National Churches Trust
2012-                   Vice-President Royal School of Church Music
2013-                   Chair of the Committee for Ministry of and among Deaf and Disabled People

1995 –2011          Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London
In addition:
1995-2012           Chaplain to The Victorian Cross and George Cross Association
1997-2012           Chaplain to The Farmers Club, 3 Whitehall Court, SW1
2000- 2005          Lay member of Ethics Committee, Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling
2003 -2013          Director of The Grubb Institute of Behavioural Studies
2003 -2007          Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of Inclusive Church
2006 -2007          Member of the selection committee for a new window for Durham cathedral to mark the
                          centenary of the birth of Michael Ramsey
2007-2011           Member of Bishop’s Council, Diocese of London
2008-2011           Member of London Diocesan Synod
2008–2011          Trustee of the National Churches Trust

1988-95              Vicar of Christ and St John's with St Luke's, Isle of Dogs, London
In addition:
1988-95               Member of Stepney Area Synod
1988-93               Helped to organize an annual Urban Studies Pastoral Studies Unit with the Urban 
                           Learning Foundation for Lincoln Theological College
1990-91               Chair of Tower Hamlets Deanery Committee for Social Responsibility
1991- 95              External Examiner in Ethics for The Cambridge Federation of Theological Colleges
1992- 2001           ABM/ Ministerial Division Education Selector of candidates for ordination training
1993-95               Co-opted member of Deanery Synod Standing Committee
1993-95               Stepney Area Bishop's Council

1983-87               Tutor, Lincoln Theological College
Tutor for Ethics, Missiology and Course Director of the Lincoln Certificate in Ministry 
                           and Mission for Theology graduates
In addition:
1983-1987            Chaplain to St Michael's, the College's parish church within the Minster Group
1984-1987            Taught Ethics on the East Midlands Ministerial Training Course
1983-1986            Editorial Panel of Christian
1986-1987            Lincoln Diocesan Synod
1985-1987            Management Committee of Edward King House

1979-83               Assistant Curate, St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, London


The Art of Worship: Paintings, Prayers and Readings for Meditation, National Gallery London and Yale University Press, July 2011.

A Room with a View: Ministry with the world at your door, SPCK May 2008, 160pp.

Articles particularly about Christian ethics, mission and ministry and the place and purpose of parish churches.


Mainly of worship on BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service, Pause for Thought on Radio 2 and three Songs of Praise for BBC 1 (about Dick Sheppard, the Renewal of St Martin’s, and Trafalgar Square).


Family, theatre, museums, walking, cycling, reading and writing.

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