Bishop of Norwich

The Rt Revd Graham James


Bishop Graham is currently the longest serving bishop in the Church of England.

Born in 1951, he hails from Cornwall where many members of his family worked in the tin mining industry.

He is married to Julie, a staff nurse working at Priscilla Bacon Lodge (the hospice in Norwich) and they have two children.

Bishop Graham was educated at Northampton Grammar School, the University of Lancaster (reading history) and then did his theological training at Cuddesdon, Oxford.

He was ordained in Peterborough in 1975 and later worked in Welwyn Garden City as a team vicar.  He then moved to Church House, Westminster where he had responsibility for overseeing the selection procedures for candidates for ordination in the Church of England.  In 1987 he was appointed as Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury (Robert Runcie).  (He preached at Robert Runcie's funeral in St. Albans and maintained close links with him until the day of his death.)  He continued to work as Archbishop's Chaplain with George Carey during his first two years in office.

He was consecrated Bishop of St. Germans in 1993, returning to his native Cornwall.  He moved to Norwich at the end of 1999 and was enthroned as Bishop of Norwich on 29 January 2000.

Bishop Graham has been an active member of the House of Lords since 2004. He has also been a Board Member of the Countryside Agency and been much involved in rural issues.

In 2011 he was invited to join the Lords Select Committee on Communications and took up the responsibility as the Church of England’s lead spokesman on media issues.  He is patron or president of over thirty organisations and a regular guest on BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day.

In September 2016 Bishop Graham celebrated 40 years of priesthood; and in February 2018 he celebrated the 25th anniversary of his episcopal consecration.

In 2017 the Government announced that Bishop Graham would chair an independent Non-Statutory Inquiry into the malpractice of convicted surgeon Ian Paterson.

Among his interests are amateur dramatics (he has appeared on stage at the Theatre Royal and, more recently, with Stephen Fry in Twelfth Night), cricket and rugby union.


Contact the Bishop's Office:

Tel: 01603 629001

Post: Bishop's House, Norwich, NR3 1SB
PA: Coralie Nichols


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