The Rt Revd Michael Langrish, Bishop of Exeter
The Bishop is the head of the Diocese, with overall responsibility for its worship, mission and the making and nurture of Christian disciples, as well as the licensing of ordained and accredited lay ministers in the Diocese.
Following childhood and school days in Southampton, Bishop Michael took a degree in History and Social Sciences at Birmingham University, followed by a PGCE and a short career in education, teaching in Birmingham and London, and lecturing in a College of Education in Nigeria. After ordination training at Ridley Hall, and a Cambridge degree in theology, Bishop Michael spent twenty years of priestly ministry in a variety of urban and rural parishes, as a school chaplain and as Honorary Canon of Coventry Cathedral. Bishop Michael became Suffragan Bishop of Birkenhead (Chester Diocese) in 1993 and Diocesan Bishop of Exeter in 2000. In addition to being a member of the House of Bishops and General Synod, he was Chairman of the Church’s Rural Strategy Group for nine years, relinquishing this role in September 2009 to become Chairman of the Churches’ Legislation Advisory Group, a Judaeo-Christian ecumenical body bringing together the interests of Christian Churches and the Jewish community in their dealings with Government. In Devon he has been a member of Exeter University’s Council and was the first Chair of the Devon Strategic Partnership.
Bishop Michael has been a member of the House of Lords since 2005, where he speaks on a wide range of issues reflecting his interest in children and young people, education and employment, urban and rural affairs, Aid and Development issues and the Middle East. He is married to Esther, a Counsellor and a Licensed Reader in the Church of England, who also has extensive professional and personal experience working in the area of disability and social care. They have three children and four grandchildren.
Tel: (01392) 272362
Have your say on Devon's next Bishop (12 June 2013)
Consultation meeting next week to discuss Devon's next Bishop...
Bishop Michael speaks in same sex marriage debate (4 June 2013)
'Equity is better principle than equality' Bishop Michael says...
Bishop Michael meets EU leaders to discuss citizenship (3 June 2013)
Bishop Michael Anglican representative in Brussels...
Bishop Michael at rural conference (23 May 2013)
Rural conference at Bicton College...
Bishop of Exeter praises farming community at County Show (20 May 2013)
Bishop MIchael's last Devon county show...
Bishops view the Turin Shroud replica (15 May 2013)
Bishops view the Turin Shroud replica...
'Gentle growth' in number of people worshipping in churches in Devon (7 May 2013)
Latest statistics show a rise in worshippers in Devon...
Bishop Michael issues call to prayer for farmers (29 April 2013)
Bishop Michael asked all church communities to prayer for farmers on Rogation Sunday...
Easter reflections (31 March 2013)
Download the Easter Day sermon by Bishop Michael, and a series of reflections for Holy Week by the Dean of Exeter Cathedral...
'Church is heart of the world': Bishop Michael's final synod (18 March 2013)
Bishop Michael's final address to synod urges churchgoers to remember that the church is at the heart of the world, even if the world ignores it...
Bishop Michael joins rebellion against welfare bill (10 March 2013)
Bishop Michael signs Children's Society letter calling for amendments to welfare bill...
Heavenly recipes cooked up by Devon congregations (26 February 2013)
A unique ‘e-book’ of fair-trade recipes contributed by churchgoers across Devon has been launched this week by the Diocese of Exeter to mark Fairtrade Fortnight....
Sand Dam Appeal for Thika (13 February 2013)
Please consider contributing to this project for Lent or general overseas giving...
Prayer for farming on Plough Monday (14 January 2013)
Bishop Michael urges prayers for farmers on Plough Monday...
Bishop Michael announces his retirement (6 January 2013)
Bishop of Exeter to retire this summer and process to appoint a new bishop begins...
Bishop Michael's Christmas sermon (25 December 2012)
Bishop Michael 'let go of all fears' this Christmas...
Shaping our future together (11 October 2012)
Feedback from the consultation on the draft strategic plan...
Hundreds of couples renew vows in Cathedral (20 July 2012)
Hundreds of couples had their vows renewed and their marriages blessed in a joint service led by the Bishop of Exeter and the Bishop of the Roman Catholic of Plymouth this weekend....