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About Graham Dow


Geoffrey Graham Dow was born on the 4th of July 1942 and is a retired British Anglican bishop.

He was the Bishop of Carlisle from 2000 to 2009, the 66th holder of the office. He is a well-known Evangelical. Born in 1942, in Southgate, London, Dow was educated at St Albans School and The Queen's College, Oxford. Before his arrival in Carlisle, Dow was the vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Coventry, prior to his appointment as Bishop of Willesden (an area bishopric in the Diocese of London) in 1992. Dow was made the Bishop of Carlisle in 2000 and retired from this position at the end of April 2009. He lives in South Manchester and is an assistant bishop in the dioceses of Chester and Manchester.

Rt. Revd Graham Dow - full CV


Bishop of Carlisle 2000-2009; Bishop of Willesden, London diocese 1992-2000

Assistant Bishop of Chester 2009-present; Assistant Bishop of Manchester 2010-present


Born 04.07.1942, Southgate, London, to Ronald Graham Dow from Glasgow, and Dorothy May Dow (nee Christie) from Edinburgh.

St. Georges School, Harpenden, 1949-54; St. Albans School, 1954-60; confirmed 1954;

President Brambleton Model Railway Club, Harpenden, 1958-60;

The Queen’s College, Oxford, BA (Chemistry) 1963, (Theology 1966): BSc. 1965 The gas phase reaction of diborane with alcohol; MA 1968

Married Molly Patricia Sturges 23.07.1966, St. Mary’s North Mymms;

Clifton Theological College; ordained deacon September 1967, priest September 1968, Rochester Cathedral, assistant curate St. Peter & St. Paul, Tonbridge, Kent; trainer of Readers 1968-72; Children Alastair 08.12.68; Jamie 12.12.70; Lindsay 26.04.72; Michael 10.01.75; Chaplain-student St. John’s College, Oxford, 1972-75; Birmingham University Diploma of Pastoral Studies 1974.


Lecturer in Christian Doctrine St. John’s College, Nottingham 1975-81; Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Coventry 1981-92. Nottingham University MPhil 1982, The Basis for a Doctrine of Justice in the Christian Doctrine of Man; Director of Coventry Christian Training Project (CCTP) 1981-1992; Canon Theologian Coventry Cathedral 1988-92; member European Charismatic Council; consecrated Area Bishop of Willesden, St. Paul’s Cathedral, 18.05.92, Bishop of Willesden 1992-2000; chair of Angola, London, Mozambique Association (ALMA) 1998-2000; Bishop of Carlisle 2000-2009; Mozambique and Angola Anglican Association (MANNA) Committee Associate 2000-date; assistant bishop: Chester diocese 2009-present, Manchester diocese 2010-present. Chair of Council Ridley Hall Theological College 2001-2010.

Settle & Carlisle Railway Trust; trustee 2009-date, acting chair 2013-2016, (link)


Publications: Dark Satanic Mills? Shaftesbury Project, 1979; The Local Church’s Political Responsibility, Grove P2, 1980; St. John’s College Extension Studies  B1 God and the World, 1980; The Case for the Existence of Demons, Anvil 1980 vol. 3; Whose Hand on the Tiller? Grove 1983 P16; Those Tiresome Intruders, Grove 1990 P41; Explaining Deliverance, Sovereign World, 1991; Christian Renewal in Europe, Grove 1992 P52; A Christian Understanding of Daily Work, Grove 1994 P57; Pathways of Prayer, DLT 1996; When He Comes, CWR 2010; Leading Rural Churches for Growth, Grove L19 2015.


Recreations: family & grandchildren; railways, steam railways, model railways (gauge O); travel; travel holidays; Scotland; foreign cities; restaurants; political biographies; biographies of church leaders; family photograph albums; photographs of trains.


Membership: Festiniog Railway Society life member 1956-date; Friends of the Settle & Carlisle Railway (FoSCL); Campaign for Borders Rail; Skipton East Lancs Rail Action Partnership (SELRAP); Hornby Railway Collectors Association (HRCA); Gauge 0 Guild; Bassett-Lowke Society


Residence: Romiley, Stockport, Cheshire






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