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The Rt Rev David Urquhart

The Right Reverend David Urquhart
Bishop of Birmingham

The Rt Rev David Urquhart is the ninth Bishop of Birmingham and inaugurated at St Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham in November 2006.

Raised in the Highlands of Scotland, David first came to the Midlands aged 13 as a pupil at Rugby School where he was Head of School and Captain of the XV.

During his gap year in Idi Amin’s Uganda, David’s Christian faith became well established. In 1972 he returned to London and began a ten-year career in the commercial side of BP, taking a degree in Business Studies at Ealing Business School.

After an unexpected call to ordained ministry and further study at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, he served in two parishes in Hull.

From 1992–2000, David was Vicar of Holy Trinity Church Coventry. Here he was also Chaplain to the Freemens Guild, a founder Director of Coventry City Centre Company and a Board Member of Whitefriars Housing.

He moved from Coventry to be Bishop of Birkenhead where he chaired the Diocesan Board of Education and Wirral Local Strategic Partnership. He is an Honorary Freeman of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral.

In addition to his duties as Bishop of Birmingham, he is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Link with China, Prelate of the Order of St Michael and St George and President of the Friends of IPASC (DR Congo).

David is a board member of Birmingham Hippodrome, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Birmingham University next month and is currently chairing the Be Birmingham Summit of the local strategic partnership.

Educated at Rugby School and Ealing Business School (BA Hons 1977), Bishop Urquhart was ordained in 1984 and served in Hull before becoming Vicar of Holy Trinity Church in Coventry in 1992.

He was appointed Suffragan Bishop of Birkenhead in the Diocese of Chester in 2000, and inaugurated as bishop of Birmingham in 2006.


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