Hewlett Thompson

Summary

Geoffrey Hewlett Thompson (called Hewlett; born 14 August 1929) is a retired Anglican bishop. He is a former Bishop of Exeter in the Church of England.


Hewlett Thompson
Bishop of Exeter
DioceseDiocese of Exeter
Installed1985
PredecessorEric Mercer
SuccessorMichael Langrish
Other post(s)Honorary assistant bishop in Carlisle (1999–present)
Bishop of Willesden (1974–1985; area bishop 1979–1985)
Orders
OrdinationTrinity 1954 (deacon)
Trinity 1955 (priest)
Consecration24 January 1974
Personal details
Born (1929-08-14) 14 August 1929 (age 92)
DenominationAnglican
Alma materTrinity Hall, Cambridge

Thompson was educated at Aldenham School[1] and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. After National Service in the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, he studied for ordination at Cuddesdon College. He was made a deacon on Trinity Sunday 1954 (13 June)[2] and ordained a priest the next Trinity Sunday (5 June 1955) — both times by Spencer Leeson, Bishop of Peterborough, at Peterborough Cathedral.[3] He began his ordained ministry with a curacy at St Matthew's Northampton[4] after which he was first vicar of St Augustine, Wisbech[5] and subsequently of St Saviour's Folkestone. He was consecrated to the episcopate by Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Westminster Abbey[6] on 24 January 1974.[7] At first simply suffragan Bishop of Willesden in 1974, he became area bishop upon the foundation of the London area scheme in 1979[8] and six years later he was translated to diocesan Bishop of Exeter.[9] In retirement he continues to serve the church as an honorary assistant bishop within the Diocese of Carlisle.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Who's Who2008: London, A & C Black, ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  2. ^ "Ordinations on Trinity Sunday". Church Times. No. 4767. 18 June 1954. p. 477. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 9 October 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
  3. ^ "Trinity Ordinations". Church Times. No. 4820. 24 June 1954. p. 17. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 9 October 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
  4. ^ Photo of church
  5. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 Lambeth, Church House Publishing ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  6. ^ "Three bishops in two hours". Church Times. No. 5790. 1 February 1974. p. 4. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 16 May 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
  7. ^ "Dual role for new Bishop of Ramsbury". Church Times. No. 5786. 4 January 1974. p. 3. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 16 May 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
  8. ^ "4: The Dioceses Commission, 1978–2002" (PDF). Church of England. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  9. ^ The Times, 12 March 1985; pg. 14; Issue 62085; col D, New bishop named