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 motion on nuclear disarmament carried by General Synod

The Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell, has moved a motion on the ethics of nuclear weapons which has been carried by the General Synod of the Church of England.

Posted on 09 July 2018

Join the Bishop on the road to Becontree!

Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, is inviting the people of Redbridge and Dagenham to join him on his next Missionary Journey when he leads a walk from Barkingside to Becontree.

Posted on 27 April 2018

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