Bishop of Wakefield

Bishop of Wakefiled

The Rt Revd Stephen Platten presides over and cares for the Diocese of Wakefield.

He is the 12th Bishop of Wakefield and began this ministry on 19 July 2003. He was formerly Dean of Norwich.

He works with other senior members of staff and the Bishop’s Council in planning the strategic leadership of the diocese. 

The Bishop has particular interests in the study of theology and relations with other churches. He is Chairman of the Church of England Liturgical Commission, which seeks to develop the worshipping life of the church.

Click here for Stephen Platten's CV and background information.


Bishop Stephen became a Lord In June 2009.

Click here to see more of his work in the Lords.

Click here for his most recent appearances and speeches.


Syria and the Middle East – Debate
The Bishop of Wakefield spoke during the recent debate on Syria and the Middle East, highlighting the increasing complexity of the conflict in Syria, the difficulties facing outside countries such as the UK in responding appropriately and effectively, the huge displacement of the Syrian population, and the need to invest significant resources in the region to facilitate a peaceful solution to the conflict. He asked the Government to support efforts to bring about reconciliation between two key actors in the conflict – Iran and Saudi Arabia, and called for support of civil society within the refugee populations, particularly in Lebanon and Jordan. His full speech can be read here:

Download an interview with Jillian Moody where Stephen speaks about the work in the Lords regarding Syria.

Download an interview where Stephen speaks more generally about his work in the Lords, where people of extraordinary knowledge and experience can contribute to understanding complex issues, and also some things he hopes to do after he leaves Wakefield Diocese.


Chrism Eucharist 2014

Letter to Clergy from Bishop Stephen regarding the 2014 Chrism Eucharist


Wakefield Diocese Lent Appeal 2014

Bishop Mwita of Tarime Diocese is asking us to help him develop his team of Trained Evangelists And Ministers to plant and grow churches in Tarime Diocese. £600 is the cost of sending and evangelist or minister to college for a year and supporting their family. Download a poster with more information.


Prayers for Syria - September 2013

Letter to Clergy and People of the Diocese of Wakefield regarding the creation a single diocese of Leeds, West Yorkshire and the Dales  - July 2013

Ad Clerum regarding Women Bishops - November 2012

Letter to Laity regarding Women Bishops - November 2012



Click here for additional photographs of Stephen Platten, and of Tony Robinson, Bishop of Pontefract.

Click here for a list of former Bishops of Wakefield and Bishops of Pontefract.


Contact details:

Bishop’s Lodge
Woodthorpe Lane
West Yorkshire

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Tel: 01924 255349
Fax: 01924 250202

Email the Bishop.

Other contacts:

Bishop’s Secretary: Mrs Marlene Beresford.
Acting Bishop’s Chaplain: Revd Neil Traynor

Bishop of Pontefract

Rt Revd Tony Robinson

The Rt Revd Tony Robinson is the suffragan (assistant) Bishop of Pontefract. Bishop Tony assists the diocesan bishop in the day-to-day running of the diocese. He was formerly Archdeacon of Pontefract. He was consecrated as Bishop on 6 December 2002.

Contact details:

Pontefract House
Manygates Lane
West Yorkshire

Tel: 01924 250781
Fax: 01924 240490


Click here for The Bishop of Pontefract CV and background information. Click here for a high definition image of Bishop Tony (jpg 1MB).

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The Life that I have - St Paul, King Cross, Mass of the Last Supper – April 14

A Rope about my Heart - Maundy Thursday, Chrism Mass – April 14

Dying yet Glorified - All Saints, Elland, Wednesday, Holy Week – April 14

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