About Bishop Stephen

Stephen Cottrell is Bishop of Chelmsford and was formerly Bishop of Reading. He has worked in parishes in London and Chichester, as Canon Pastor of Peterborough Cathedral, as Missioner in the Wakefield diocese and as part of Springboard, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s evangelism team.

He has written widely on evangelism, spirituality and discipleship. Among his most recent books are a series of Lent and Holy Week meditations, The Things He Carried (2008), a follow up of reflections for Easter Day, The Things He Said (2009), The Nail: Being part of the Passion (2011) and Christ in the Wilderness: Reflecting on the paintings of Stanley Spencer (2012). His best selling, I Thirst (Zondervan) was the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for 2004.

Other books include, From the Abundance of the Heart: Catholic evangelism for all Christians (DLT); Do Nothing to Change your Life: Discovering what happens when you stop (CHP); Hit the Ground Kneeling: Seeing leadership differently (CHP); He has also written a book of children’s stories, The Adventures of Naughty Nora (BRF).

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Bishop Stephen’s Easter Morning Sermon

In his sermon for Easter morning, Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, said that the central event of human history we must recall is the passion and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Posted on 18 April 2017

Bishop Stephen’s Good Friday Homily for St John’s Passion

Two bowls of water and two charcoal fires, referred to in St John's gospel, speak to us today, Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has said.

Posted on 18 April 2017

Diocese of Chelmsford Anglican Communion Links

At the Lambeth Conference in 1978 the then bishops of Chelmsford, Mount Kenya East and Trinidad & Tobago met and through their friendship established inter-diocesan links that have continued ever since.

Posted on 8 March 2016