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

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
​Giant vote of thanks for Birmingham’s Police
7 June 2017
​Giant vote of thanks for Birmingham’s Police The Bishop of Birmingham has presented a giant thank-you card to officers at West Midlands Police following the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.
Bishop's Comment: The General Election
2 May 2017
Bishop's Comment: The General Election How should Christians and people of faith respond at election time?
The Edgbaston Sleep Out
24 April 2017
The Edgbaston Sleep Out Bishop David will be taking part in the Edgbaston Sleep Out at the Cricket Ground to raise funds for organisations such as St Basil’s and Thrive Together Birmingham to support their work with homeless people.
Bishop's Comment: Bolivian Experience
5 April 2017
Bishop's Comment: Bolivian Experience Seventeen days, twelve flights, five cities, four broadcasts, two sermons and a suitcase full of gifts made up an exhilarating mission tour to some of the highest inhabited places in the world.