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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Gassed in Tehran, seized in Kabul, helped Mother Teresa, almost murdered, raised £300,000, ordained 1981, street sleeper, pilgrim to Auschwitz, Kenya + Pakistan 4 peace, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, wrote text on Parliament, arrested, relinquished his 12 year Anglican post 2 be independent, baptised 1000's in homes, on Mt Snowdon + in circus ring, did wedding underwater, wrote ‘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 1st gay wedding on prime time TV, sued Associated Newspapers 4 defamation, co-consecrated 1st women bishops 4 England. Wales + Scotland, accommodated the homeless, took Mass 2 sex workers + posted it, elected Archbishop, arrested 4 taking kids on roof, not charged, founded ‘When No One’s Watching', became an ICV, did Jade Goody's wedding , invited 2 Downing St, wrote 'That Old Devil Called God Again', arrested 4 times campaigning against child abuse, had harassment conviction quashed on appeal, appealing a conviction for breaches of restraining order 2 stop a paedophile

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