Joseph Cotton Wigram
Bishop of Rochester
Educator, Strategist, Pastor, and Leader
During his two terms of office as Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston raised thirteen new clerics to the bench of bishops. These 'Palmerstonian bishops' often attracted criticism from their contemporaries as well as from later historians, but Joseph Cotton Wigram, who in 1860 was appointed to the See of Rochester, emerges from this biography as a most sympathetic figure, a significant Christian leader, visionary strategist, dynamic parish minister, able pastor and tireless diocesan bishop. An indefatigable worker for education and for mission, Wigram's life of service is a shining example for anyone involved in Christian leadership today.
Nigel Scotland has spent the greater part of his life lecturing in church history at what became the University of Gloucestershire. He studied at McGill and Bristol Universities and earned a doctorate in Church History at the University of Aberdeen. From 2006 to 2017 he lectured at Trinity College, Bristol, and now teaches ordinands and readers at the Gloucester-Hereford Hub of Ripon College, Cuddesdon. He is the author of more than twenty books, including John Bird Sumner: Evangelical Archbishop which is also published by Gracewing.
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