About Bishop Stephen

Stephen Cottrell is Bishop of Chelmsford and was formerly Bishop of Reading. He has worked in parishes in London and Chichester, as Canon Pastor of Peterborough Cathedral, as Missioner in the Wakefield diocese and as part of Springboard, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s evangelism team.

He has written widely on evangelism, spirituality and discipleship. Among his most recent books are a series of Lent and Holy Week meditations, The Things He Carried (2008), a follow up of reflections for Easter Day, The Things He Said (2009), The Nail: Being part of the Passion (2011) and Christ in the Wilderness: Reflecting on the paintings of Stanley Spencer (2012). His best selling, I Thirst (Zondervan) was the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for 2004.

Other books include, From the Abundance of the Heart: Catholic evangelism for all Christians (DLT); Do Nothing to Change your Life: Discovering what happens when you stop (CHP); Hit the Ground Kneeling: Seeing leadership differently (CHP); He has also written a book of children’s stories, The Adventures of Naughty Nora (BRF).



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Missionary walks in 2019

Since 2014 – our centenary year - I have set aside a few days each year to walk around the diocese. I have found these walks enormously enjoyable and I believe they have been a blessing to many others who have joined me and are many parishes I had visited.

Posted on 07 December 2018

Bishop blesses new community centre

Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has blessed the new community centre for the Beaulieu and Channels developments in Chelmsford

Posted on 01 October 2018

Bishop Stephen preaches at Armagh Cathedral

In a sermon for Armagh Cathedral’s 750th anniversary Bishop Stephen has preached it is “through the beauty of the gospel, and the beauty of Christ, reflected and communicated through the beauty of our own lives” that the Church will engage with the world.

Posted on 23 September 2018