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

Readers share their stories
24 February 2016
Readers share their stories Readers—Bishop's licensed lay ministers for leading worship, preaching, evangelism, chaplaincy and pastoral work—continue to contribute richly to our part in God's mission in Church of England - Birmingham.
​Banking on Birmingham, in Birmingham and for Birmingham
5 November 2015
​Banking on Birmingham, in Birmingham and for Birmingham Birmingham showed many different faces to the Banking Standards Board when it visited the city last week and during a full-on day we met with almost 200 people, from city and community leaders to local ...
​Bishop appoints Revd Simon Heathfield as the next Archdeacon of Aston
6 July 2014
​Bishop appoints Revd Simon Heathfield as the next Archdeacon of Aston The Bishop of Birmingham is delighted to announce that the Revd Simon Heathfield has been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Aston and will take up the post in Autumn 2014.
Licensing of new readers
21 January 2014
Licensing of new readers On Saturday 18 January at Birmingham Cathedral, 16 new Readers were licensed to offer a lay ministry of preaching, teaching, and leading worship in their places of worship and their communities around the diocese.
​Bishop David Urquhart visits The POD, a community project in the heart of Nechells
10 January 2014
​Bishop David Urquhart visits The POD, a community project in the heart of Nechells Over the last year The POD has won three awards for it’s work in the community but despite it’s success The POD is at threat of closure as a result of lack of funding so ...