Bishop of Leicester


Bishop Martyn became the seventh Bishop of Leicester in May 2016. He moved to Leicester from Gloucester where he had been Bishop of Tewkesbury since 2013.

He is also the lead Bishop for lay ministry in the Church of England, taking a proactive role in the development of a wide range of ministry from licensed roles such as Readers and Pioneers, to youth and children and families workers.

He is Chair of both the Central Readers’ Council and of the Archbishops’ College of Evangelists and sits on the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Steering Group (NSSG) and the Church Commissioners’ Mission and Pastoral Committee.

You can read about his work renewing the vision for lay ministry by clicking here and see some of his recent publications by clicking on the links below. In addition, you can see recent news stories relating to Bishop Martyn incuding a letter on BREXIT which he and other dicoesan bishops have signed, by scrolling down to the Latest News section, further below.

Within the Diocese of Leicester Bishop Martyn continues to lead a dynamic programme of work both helping develop deeper discipleship of Christians in our churches and schools as well as addressing issues faced by our church communities.

  • He is committed to nurturing the diocesan strategy Shaped by God which has grown to further encourage and help Christians in churches, schools and fresh expressions of Church to support and resource their Everyday Faith 
  • Under his leadership, the diocese seeks to focus on developing its impact and service through five lenses, albeit without neglecting other communities:
    • Rural
    • Lay
    • Youth
    • Areas of deprivation
    • Black and Asian Minority Ethnic communities 
  • Current projects in the diocese include:
  • Bishop Martyn is a major champion of safeguarding within the diocese, leading an annual thanksgiving service for Safeguarding Coordinators from our churches and personally encouraging each of us to recognize that safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults must be at the heart of our ministry (link to Safeguarding web pages with Martyn’s video)

  • He is committed to the continuing work of the St Philips Centre in Leicester, which helps churches, schools and communities of different cultures, of all faiths and none, to learn to live well together 

  • Bishop Martyn has also established a new monastic community for young Christians to spend a year with God, serving local churches and social action projects across the diocese

  • He is also a supporter of the many social action projects led and backed by churches and volunteers across the diocese such as the weekly SoundCafe Leicester project which helps vulnerable people or those who have experienced homelessness

  • Twitter account: https://twitter.com/snowmartyn?lang=en


Biography

Martyn was ordained suffragan bishop in 2013, serving in the Diocese of Gloucester until 2016 when he became Bishop of Leicester just as Leicester City Football Club became Champions of the Premier League. 

He has a background in the world church having been born in Indonesia and later working in West Africa. His love of crossing cultures has also taken him to London, Northumberland and Sheffield, as well as many visits to other parts of the world.

He studied Chemistry at the University of Sheffield before working with the Crown Prosecution Service. He then trained for ministry in the Church of England at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford, before returning to South Yorkshire to serve his Curacy in Rotherham. He and his wife Lynn travelled to Guinea in West Africa to work with the local church – Martyn as Vicar and Diocesan Youth Chaplain, Lynn as a primary health care worker.

On returning to the UK, Martyn became Vicar of Christ Church Pitsmoor in Sheffield and later Area Dean of Ecclesfield. He was appointed Archdeacon of Sheffield and Rotherham in 2010 and was awarded an MA from Durham University in 2012.

Martyn has written a number of Grove booklets on coaching, leadership and mission partnerships. He has contributed to the Church of England’s Pilgrim Course and Daily Reflections. He is a past chair of Trustees of Church Pastoral Aid Society and also Redcliffe College. 

His interests include sport – supporting Leicester City (as well as Sheffield United!) and Leicester Tigers; music – an eclectic taste from Dire Straits to Chopin; and family holidays with his wife and three children usually involve camping and canoeing.


Latest news

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Bishop's Blog, Talks, and Publications

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