Archbishop Jonathan Blake

The Most Reverend Jonathan Blake, Presiding Archbishop of the Open Episcopal Church B.A. (Hons), Dip. Pastoral Studies. Bishop's Haven, 105 Danson Crescent Welling DA16 2AS U.K. Mobile: 07767 687711 The Church is a member of The International Council of Community churches and the World Council of Churches. Married with 5 children.

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Location: London, Kent, United Kingdom

Tear gassed in Tehran, seized in Kabul, worked with Mother Teresa, escaped a murderer, raised £300,000, ordained 1981, 12 yrs an Anglican, slept on the streets, travelled to Auschwitz, Kenya and Pakistan to promote peace, opened the first inter-faith NHS chapel, wrote a biblical text on Parliament, arrested, relinquished his office within the CofE to pioneer independent ministry, baptised 1000's in homes, even on Mount Snowdon + in a circus ring, conducted a wedding underwater, published ‘For God’s Sake Don’t Go To Church’, nailed 95 Theses to Canterbury cathedral, arrested, co-founded the Society for Independent Ministry, was consecrated a bishop, co-founded the Open Episcopal Church, did the first gay wedding on prime time TV, sued Associated Newspapers for defamation, co-consecrated the first women bishops for England. Wales and Scotland, accommodated the homeless, took Mass to sex workers, posted it too, was elected Archbishop, arrested for taking his kids onto a roof, not charged - they were harnessed, founded ‘When No One’s Watching', became an ICV, conducted the wedding of the star Jade Goody, was invited to Downing Street, published 'That Old Devil Called God Again'.

Monday, November 28, 2011


The Archbishop's Council of the Open Episcopal Church, meeting in London on Tuesday, November 22nd has elected unanimously Revd Helen Hamilton M.A. to be the first woman bishop to be consecrated in Scotland to serve as the bishop of the Diocese of Scotland for the Open Episcopal Church. The Open Episcopal Church consecrated the first woman bishop in England in 2003, Bishop Professor Elizabeth Stuart, the Senior Pro-Vice- Chancellor at the University of Winchester. The Church then consecrated the first woman bishop for Wales in 2007, Bishop Shelley Harstad-Smith and now will consecrate Bishop Elect Hamilton for Scotland in 2012. Bishop Elect Hamilton, a qualified teacher with post graduate degrees from London and Cambridge Universities, worked as a prison governor and inspector before becoming an Anglican religious sister for 12 years. She served as the warden of the Cathedral and the College on the Isle of Cumbrae for three years before serving as a locum minister for the Church of Scotland. She was ordained a priest at St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall in 2010. Clergy and laity from the Open Episcopal Church will travel to Scotland for the consecration and will hold their annual church Congress on the Isle of Luing. Meanwhile the third Anglican priest to leave the Anglican Church to join the Open Episcopal Church will be ordained (sub-conditione) in Norfolk on December 11th. Further details concerning the consecration will follow. Contact numbers: The Press Office: 0208 304 7605 or 07767 687711 Bishop Elect Hamilton: 01852 314007