Michael Langrish

The Rt Revd
 Michael Langrish 
Bishop of Exeter
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Exeter
Enthroned 2000
Predecessor Rt Revd Hewlett Thompson
Other posts Bishop of Birkenhead (1993–2000)
Ordination 1973
Consecration 1993
Personal details
Born 1 July 1946 (1946-07-01) (age 65)
Southampton, Hampshire
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence Bishop's Palace
Parents Douglas Langrish & Brenda Passingham
Spouse Esther Rudd (1968—present)
Children One son, two daughters
Profession previously educator
Alma mater Birmingham University

Michael Laurence Langrish (born 1 July 1946) is a British Anglican bishop and the current Bishop of Exeter.

Born in Southampton, Hampshire, the son of Douglas Frank Langrish and Brenda Florence Passingham was educated at King Edward VI School, Southampton, and Birmingham University, where he received a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in 1967 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education one year later. He was further educated at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Theology in 1973, and in Ridley Hall, Cambridge.

Langrish was lecturer in education in Nigeria from 1969 to 1971. He became deacon in 1973 and was assistant curate at Holy Trinity Church (Shakespeares Church) Stratford-upon-Avon until 1976. In 1974, he was ordained as a priest, and was chaplain of Rugby School from 1976 to 1981. In the following year he was made vicar of Offchurch and diocesan director of ordinands, and held this post until 1987. From 1982 to 1989 he was the Bishop of Coventry's examining chaplain and, from 1987 to 1993, the rector of the Rugby Team Ministry. Langrish was an honorary canon of Coventry Cathedral between 1990 and 1993, and Bishop of Birkenhead from 1993 to 2000. In 2000, he was appointed the 70th Bishop of Exeter and became a Lord Spiritual with a seat at the House of Lords in 2005.

He was one of the "rebel" bishops who signed a letter against Rowan Williams' appointment of the Reverend Jeffrey John as Bishop of Reading in 2003. The others were the Bishops of Bradford, Carlisle, Chester, Chichester, Liverpool, Rochester, Southwell and Winchester.

Since 1968 Langrish has been married to Esther Rudd; they have one son and two daughters.


  • Michael Langrish Esq (1946-1973)
  • The Revd Michael Langrish (1973-1990)
  • The Revd Canon Michael Langrish (1990-1993)
  • The Rt Revd Michael Langrish (1993-present)


Church of England titles
Preceded by
Ronald Brown
Bishop of Birkenhead
Succeeded by
David Urquhart
Preceded by
Hewlett Thompson
Bishop of Exeter

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