The Bishop of Gloucester

Bishop Michael retired as the Bishop of Gloucester on 21st November 2014. 

Michael Perham was born in 1947, grew up in Dorchester, read Theology
at Keble College, Oxford, prepared for ordination at Cuddesdon College and was ordained deacon 1976 and priest in 1977.

He has served in six full time posts in the Church of England, all of them different  -  Curate at St Mary’s Addington in Croydon from 1976 to 1981, Chaplain to Bishop John V Taylor in Winchester from 1981 to 1984, Rector of the Oakdale Team Ministry in Poole from 1984 to 1992, Precentor, Canon Residentiary and Vice Dean of Norwich Cathedral from 1992 to 1998, Provost and later Dean of Derby from 1998 to 2004 and Bishop of Gloucester from 2004 to November 2014. 

Alongside these ministries, he has filled many roles in the Church of England nationally. He was for a time Secretary of its Doctrine Commission. He served on the Archbishops’ Commission on Church Music that produced the key report, In Tune with Heaven, in 1992. He has been a member of the General Synod since 1989 and was a member of the Archbishops’ Council and Chair of the General Synod Business Committee until he became a bishop. He also served as Chair of the Hospital Chaplaincies’ Council. He was Chair of SPCK (The Society for the Promoting of Christian Knowledge) from 2007 to 2011. He was a member of the Crown Nominations Commission that chose the new Archbishop of Canterbury in 2012.

He has been best known for his work on the Church’s worship. He served on the Church of England Liturgical Commission from 1982 to 2001, being one of the principal architects of its Common Worship services. He has lectured and written about worship consistently throughout his ministry.

During his ministry as Bishop of Gloucester, he was a member of the House of Lords and of the House of Bishops’ Standing Committee. He served on the Working Party reviewing the Church of England’s teaching on human sexuality. He has been a strong advocate of the role of women in the Church as priests and bishops. He was Bishop Protector of the European Province of the Society of St Francis, Chair of the Governing Body of Ripon College, Cuddesdon, President of the Alcuin Club, of the Retired Clergy Association and of Affirming Catholicism.

Within the Diocese of Gloucester, he was president or patron of a number of local organisations, including GARAS, GEAR, Cheltenham YMCA, the Star College and Emmaus Gloucester. He hosted the quarterly “Bishop’s Breakfast”, which brought together many of the civic and community leaders in the county.

He is Pro-Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire and Vice Chair of the University Council.

He is married to Dr Alison Grove, who is a palliative care consultant. They have four grown up daughters.

The Bishop's Office

Chaplain to the Bishop of Gloucester
John Paul Hoskins
01452 835513

Senior Personal Secretary to the Bishop of Gloucester
Di Best
01452 835511

Personal Secretary in the Bishop of Gloucester’s Office
Kerry Gardiner
01452 835512

The office is based at:
2 College Green


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