The Bishop of Rochester

Bishop James Langstaff first became Bishop of Rochester in November 2010. 

Prior to this, he was the suffragen Bishop in Norfolk for six years. Bishop James said, “When I moved to Rochester there were different levels of change. I was coming back to communities in an urban environment which is what I am more used to”.

Bishop James studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at St Catherine’s College, Oxford University with the intention of going into business management. 

Read more about Bishop James here.




How to contact Bishop James and his office.

24 St Margaret's Street

Tel: 01634 842721

This is the principal correspondence address and functional mailbox. This is for any communication or where people don’t quite know which individual to approach.  If in doubt, please use this address.

The Rt Rev James Langstaff
Bishop of Rochester and Bishop to Prisons

Executive Administrator to Bishop of Rochester
Emma Simpson-Duke  
Tel 01634 842721


Overall office manager, with general oversight of all of the work in the office.  She has particular responsibility for managing the Bishop’s diary, correspondence and related administration

Bishop's Chaplain & Worship Development Advisor

Lindsay Llewellyn-MacDuff

Tel:  01634 814439


Particular responsibility for liturgical and similar arrangements in relation to my ministry.  In collaboration with Chris Dench and the Formation and Ministry Team, she also coordinates arrangements for Ministry Development Review, and a range of matters relating to liturgy and worship.

Suzanne Rogers

Administrative Assistant
Klare Gregory
Tel:  01634 842721

Gives general support across the office.


Articles, Sermons & Addresses
Addresses & Sermons

Biography — Bishop James Langstaff
The Rt Rev James Langstaff was the Suffragan Bishop of Lynn in the Diocese of Norwich from June 2004 to December 2010. Prior to this, he served in the Diocese of Birmingham in the parishes of St Matthew’s, Nechells and Holy Trinity, Sutton Coldfield for 18 years. He acted as chaplain to the Bishop of Birmingham for three years and served as vice chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance.

Bishopscourt for parish/group use
E-mail Print Bishopscourt for parish/group use text size Bishop James and Bridget are keen that Bishopscourt be used for the benefit of the diocese, and have identified some Saturdays on which it could be available for small groups for a quiet day, PCC away day or similar. For details, please click here

PDF Statement

Video Gallery
6 Videos

Copyright 2015 © The Diocese of Rochester. Registered Office: St Nicholas’ Church, Boley Hill, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1SL. Registered Charity No. 249339 The Rochester Diocesan Society and Board of Finance is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England No. 140656