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Archdeacon of Wilts to be Bishop of Bradwell *Updated

by Michael Ford last modified 25 Aug, 2011 01:28 PM

The Bishop of Chelmsford has announced this morning that Her Majesty the Queen has chosen the Venerable John Wraw, Archdeacon of Wilts, to be the Bishop of Bradwell in the Diocese of Chelmsford.

Archdeacon of Wilts to be Bishop of Bradwell *Updated

The Venerable John Wraw

John Wraw, 52, has been Archdeacon of Wilts since 2004. He expects to leave the Diocese of Salisbury at Christmas and take up his new post early in 2012.

The Bishop of Bradwell is one of 3 Area Bishops assisting the Bishop of Chelmsford, whose Diocese covers East London and Essex. The Bradwell Episcopal Area comprises south-east Essex, including Chelmsford, Southend-on-Sea, Thurrock and Tilbury, along with Bradwell-on-Sea. A diverse region, it ranges from the metropolitan to the rural, from industrial to traditional seaside.

Today, the Bishop-designate will visit his new Episcopal Area, beginning with prayer in the 7th century Saxon Church of St Peter at Bradwell-on-Sea. He will go on to visit Basildon town centre and meet local clergy, before moving to Chelmsford Cathedral to be welcomed.

Archdeacon Wraw said today, ‘They say nearly every cell in the body regenerates over 7 years. I am very conscious of how much I have changed over my seven years in Salisbury Diocese.’

He continued, ‘Visits on the industrial estates in Westbury and Trowbridge, engaging with the wider community in Wiltshire through the Wiltshire Assembly, a quiet reflective evensong in a small village church and the uplifting celebrations sharing in the ordination services in the Cathedral, a morning with children and pupils in one of our Church Schools and the fellowship and support of friends and colleagues within the Archdeaconry and across the Diocese are not only valued and lasting memories as we leave Salisbury, but experiences which have helped shape and equip me for the ministry God has called me to as Bishop of Bradwell.’

The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, said, ‘John Wraw’s appointment as Bishop of Bradwell is recognition that he has been an outstanding Archdeacon of Wilts. He is creative about ministry and mission and thinks and acts strategically. The Diocese of Salisbury is making a contribution to the wider Church of England. This is a very good appointment for John and for the Diocese of Chelmsford.’

The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, added, ‘John’s gifts of welcoming people, sharing the good news of Christ, and expertise in human resources will be developed even more fully as Bishop of Bradwell. A wonderful appointment.’


For further information please contact
The Revd Jonathan Ball
Bishop’s Chaplain and Press Officer:
07500 872081/01722 334031 

Click here for the story from BBC Essex


John Wraw was born in Fordingbridge near Salisbury and grew up in Chester. He studied Law at Lincoln College Oxford, prior to training for ordination at Fitzwilliam College and Ridley Hall Cambridge. He was ordained in 1985 and served as a Curate in Bromyard in Herefordshire. He moved to Sheffield as Team Vicar on Arbourthorne, a large council estate on the south side of Sheffield. It was here that John began his involvement in community development and social justice.

He and his family moved to Rotherham in 1992 where he became Vicar of Clifton, a large Urban Priority Area parish near the town centre. During his nine years there John helped the church develop its buildings as a family centre, working in partnership with the local Further Education College and the Kashmiri community. He also helped the local churches to build up a family support project. From 2001-4 he was Priest-in-Charge of Wickersley.

Through his community involvement John Wraw was invited to join the Board of the Rotherham Strategic Partnership, chairing the Community Involvement and Development Spoke. This was particularly focused on enabling the voluntary sector and local community groups to engage with the Strategic Partnership. He also chaired Voluntary Action Rotherham – the lead voluntary and community sector body in the town.

Archdeacon Wraw was appointed Area Dean of Rotherham in 1998 and made an Honorary Canon of Sheffield Cathedral in 2001. Alongside his parochial responsibilities, John chaired the Faith and Justice Committee in the Diocese of Sheffield, taking lead responsibility for engagement with public life, social concerns and wider community links.

In 2004 John Wraw was appointed Archdeacon of Wilts in the Diocese of Salisbury. He leads on health and prison issues across the Diocese. He also chairs the Learning for Discipleship and Ministry Council, responsible for training clergy and Licensed Lay Ministers and for lay learning programmes. He was a board member of the County Local Strategic Partnership for four years and, when it was relaunched as the Wiltshire Assembly in 2008, was invited to become the first Chairman.

In 2009 Archdeacon Wraw was crew in the first leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Never having sailed before, the 6,000 mile leg from Hull to Rio de Janeiro proved an exhilarating and challenging experience. His other interests include the theatre and walking.

John is married to Gillian and they have four children.

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