Bishop David Urquhart

Bishop of Birmingham

The Right Reverend David Urquhart

Bishop David is the ninth Bishop of Birmingham. He was inaugurated at St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham in November 2006. Brought up in the Highlands of Scotland, he first came to the Midlands aged 13 as a pupil at Rugby School where he was Head of School and Captain of the XV.

During his gap year in Idi Amin's Uganda, David's Christian faith became well established.

In 1972 he returned to London and began a ten-year career in the commercial side of BP, taking a degree in Business Studies at Ealing Business School. After an unexpected call to ordained ministry and further study at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, he served in two parishes in Hull.

From 1992-2000, David was Vicar of Holy Trinity Church Coventry. Here he was also Chaplain to the Freemens Guild, a founder Director of Coventry City Centre Company and a Board Member of Whitefriars Housing. He moved from Coventry to be Bishop of Birkenhead where he chaired the Diocesan Board of Education and Wirral Local Strategic Partnership. He is an Honorary Freeman of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral.

In addition to his duties as Bishop of Birmingham, he is the Archbishop of Canterbury's Link with China, Prelate of the Order of St Michael and St George and President of the Friends of IPASC (community health training) in DR Congo. David received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Birmingham University in July 2009, is a Board member of Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre, a Council member of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and is currently chairing the Be Birmingham Summit of the Local Strategic Partnership.

Bishop David is also part of The Banking Standards Board, an independently led body that promotes high standards of behaviour and competence across the UK banking industry.

He is a Church Commissioner and joined the House of Lords in October 2010.

For recreation he walks the Scottish hills, reads history and rides a motorbike - though not all at the same time!


News from Bishop David

Response to Budget 2018 from Bishop of Birmingham
30 October 2018
Response to Budget 2018 from Bishop of Birmingham Bishop David considers the Government's 2018 Budget
Bishop's Comment: Identity Parade
30 July 2018
Bishop's Comment: Identity Parade The call of Christ does not stop at personal salvation, nor a well-insured ticket to heaven, nor even trusted cultural assumptions, but grows into participation in what has been called ‘God’s New Society’.
Edgbaston Sleepout
3 May 2018
Edgbaston Sleepout Our team raised over £5,000 for homeless charities at the Edgbaston Sleepout.
​Bishop's Comment: Letters in Lent
8 February 2018
​Bishop's Comment: Letters in Lent Bishop David takes time in Lent to practice the discipline of letter writing.
Bishop's Comment
5 December 2017
Bishop's Comment Our Christian journey is not devoid of the unexpected. As we enter Advent, are we ready for the unexpected - both good and bad?
Bishop David's response to the Autumn Budget
22 November 2017
Bishop David's response to the Autumn Budget Bishop David responds to the Chancellor's Budget