Get to know Bishop John
The Rt Revd John Holbrook was installed as Bishop of Brixworth on 29 June 2011, suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Peterborough.
Bishop John was born in 1962 and grew up in Bristol, where he was educated at Bristol Cathedral School. He went on to study theology at St Peter’s College Oxford and then trained for ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge.
He served as curate at St Mary’s Barnes in Southwark Diocese then as Senior curate at St Mary’s Bletchley, Vicar of Adderbury and Milton near Banbury.
Immediately prior to his appointment as Bishop of Brixworth, he was Rector of Wimborne Minster in Salisbury Diocese and Rural Dean of Wimborne Deanery.
The Bishop has a particular concern for education. He chairs the Diocesan Board of Education, which recently established a Multi-Academy Trust (PDET) and serves on the Board of the David Ross Educational Trust and the Nominations Committee of the University of Northampton. He also chaired the Governing body that established a new 400-student primary school (Hayfield Cross) in East Kettering and he has recently started the same process with a new school in Daventry.
From July 2015 to April 2016 Bishop John served as the acting (diocesan) Bishop of Leicester.
Bishop John counts sea sailing, swimming, football (he is a life-long Bristol City fan), and current affairs in the Middle East amongst his interests. He is an avid reader of poetry, fiction, biography and history, as well as theology.
He is married to Elizabeth, a tax accountant, and they have two grown up children.