The Bishop of Edinburgh

The Right Rev Dr John Armes, Bishop of the Diocese of Edinburgh

The Rt Rev Brian Smith retired in August 2011 and the Very Rev Dr John Armes was elected as the new Bishop on 11th February 2012.  He was consecrated as 26th Bishop of Edinburgh on 12th May 2012.

John Armes was rector of St John the Evangelist Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh and Dean of the Diocese of Edinburgh. Before moving to Edinburgh in 1998, he was Area Dean of Rossendale and Priest in Charge of Goodshaw and Crawshawbooth in the Diocese of Manchester. 

On hearing the news of his election the Bishop-elect said “I am both delighted and honoured to be elected the new Bishop of Edinburgh, especially as those who have elected me are people who know me and have worked with me over a number of years.  I see this as an exciting challenge and look forward to working with my colleagues as we continue to develop the work and life of the Diocese of Edinburgh. There are obvious gains and losses and one of the difficult things will be to leave St John’s Church, which has been the most rewarding place I’ve ever worked.  Everything I’ve learned at St John’s will strengthen me as I enter this new phase of ministry”.

Dr Armes is married to Clare; they have four children (youngest is 19; oldest is 25).  His interests include theatre, cinema, walking, reading novels, watching sport, travel and humour.