, aged 55, is a Norfolk man who grew up in Norwich
before he moved away and returned to Norwich as a priest in 1997 and is well known within the Diocese of Norwich. Married to Ann
, they have two grown-up sons Jonathan
(27) and Matt
(25), and a daughter Naomi
Speaking of the move he said: “I will miss Cromer
, Norfolk and the Diocese of Norwich enormously. It has been tremendous to live and minister here but I am very excited by the fresh opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. The Diocese of Norwich has been a wonderful place to live and work and I am grateful for the support and encouragement of
Bishop Graham and so many others”.
As Bishop of Grimsby
, David will have a strategic leadership role across the whole of Lincolnshire to co-ordinate and develop diocesan mission through parishes, schools, chaplaincies, projects and with partner organisations. “I was honoured to be offered this role, and I’m very excited about the opportunities to further the work of mission in historic Lincolnshire,” said David.
The Bishop of Norwich, The Rt Revd Graham James
, has expressed his delight at the appointment. He said: “I am delighted that David’s gifts have been recognised by the wider Church and that he will serve as one of our bishops in the Diocese of Lincoln. He has been hugely appreciated as Vicar of Cromer and built one of the largest congregations in the Diocese. We will miss him enormously but pray for him and Ann and their family as they begin this new adventure in the service of the gospel.”
David grew up in Norwich and attended Heartsease High School,
the forerunner of the Open Academy
and is almost certainly the first Church of England bishop to have been educated there. He read electro-chemistry at Southampton University
and went on to complete a doctorate before deciding to teach.
While at university, he explored the Christian faith, and soon made a commitment as a Christian. He became a chemistry and physics teacher at a rural comprehensive school in Oundle, Rutland.
His sense of vocation to be a priest grew and he was ordained in 1991, serving first in the Diocese of Peterborough
and then the Diocese of Salisbury
before returning to be the Vicar of St Catherine’s, Mile Cross
in Norwich in 1997. He became the Vicar of Cromer
in 2003 and is Rural Dean of Repps
as well as an Honorary Canon of Norwich Cathedral
Canon Court will be consecrated as Bishop of Grimsby in St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday July 25.
Pictured above is Canon David Court with the Bishop of Norwich.