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 www.bishopjonathanblake.com bishopjonathanblake@ntlworld.com www.openepiscopalchurch.org www.twitter.com/bishopjonathan 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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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'.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013


Bishop Elect Lesley Dennis will be consecrated as the Bishop of Northumbria in June. 


Bishop Elect Lesley Dennis was born in Sunderland in 1965. Her father David, was a merchant seaman and her mother,  Eleanor a nurse. She married and had two children, Samantha and Adam by the age of 21. She embarked upon a degree course in English, when her children were of school age and achieved a BA honours in English from the University of Sunderland. In 1994 she qualified from Durham University as a secondary school teacher. Lesley taught English for many years and was promoted to head of department and then Assistant Head teacher. She is  currently studying for a second degree in Theology and Ministry at Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership and Durham University. Since her priesting she has developed her ministry in a range of contexts, including  Messy Angels, writing and leading Christian courses for adults, setting up a community cafe and chaplaincy work in hospitals and schools. In August 2011 she entered into a Civil Partnership with her partner of 18 years. Currently Lesley is setting up a B&B in Lowick in Northumberland, near the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, where she will offer Christian hospitality and retreats. Lesley teaches Religious Education now part time to high school students. 

Bishop Elect Lesley can be contacted at:

01289 388801