Rt Rev Robert Mar Erskine PATERSON MA MLC
The Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man


PersonalRt Rev Robert ME Paterson, Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man

Education: University of Durham - St. John’s College and Cranmer Hall 1968-72; BA in Theology and English 1971, Van Mildert Scholar in Divinity 1971-72, Diploma in Theology 1972; MA (Dunelm) 1982

Family: Married to Pauline Anne, 1 son and 2 daughters

Career: Ordination: Deacon, Manchester 1972, Priest, Swansea and Brecon 1973; Church appointments: Assistant Curate, Harpurhey, Manchester 1972-73, Assistant Curate, Sketty, Swansea 1973-78, Seconded as Assistant Priest, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Autumn 1977, Overseas Officer of the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon 1978-82, Rector of Llangattock and Llangynidr, Diocese of Swansea and Brecon 1978-83, Vicar of Gabalfa, Cardiff, Diocese of Llandaff 1983-94, Examining Chaplain to the Bishop of Llandaff 1994-2006, Team Rector of Cowbridge, Diocese of Llandaff 1994-2000, Principal Officer, Church in Wales Council for Mission and Ministry 2000-06, Metropolitical Canon of the Church in Wales 2004-08, Chaplain and Researcher to the Archbishop of York 2006-08, Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man 2008-201

Public Service: Governing Body of the Church in Wales (co-opted, elected or ex officio) 1974-83, 1989-92, 1995-2006

Church: Member of the House of Bishops of the Church of England; Chair of the Central Readers’ Council of the Church of England and Church in Wales; Vice Chair of the Liturgical Commission of the Church of England, Vice Chair of the Fresh Expressions Board (ecumenical); Member of the Anglican – Roman Catholic coordinating body for England and Wales

Publications: Short, Sharp and Off the Point - A Guide to Good and Bad Preaching, MARC Europe, 1987; Neighbours Today, in ‘Neighbours, a Study Guide on World Mission Issues’; Church in Wales Publications, 1990; The Children’s Bread: Children & Communion; 1991, revised 1997 & 1999; The Monarch Book of Christian Wisdom; Monarch and SCB, 1997; The New Calendar and the Collects - Church in Wales 2003; ed. SCM/Canterbury Press 2003; ‘Engaging with the Scriptures’ in Theology Wales – the Church and Homosexuality; 2004; Chapter on the Church in Wales in ‘The Guide to the Book of Common Prayer Worldwide; Oxford University Press, 2006; ‘The Word of the Lord’, Bilingual readings for Sundays and Holy Days for the Church in Wales; ed. SCM/Canterbury Press, 2007

Interests: Family, music, literature, theatre, travel, gardening, walking, cycling and the countryside


Parliamentary Profile

Member (eo) of the Legislative Council 2008-2016

Parliamentary Career

Committees of Tynwald: Select Committee on the Report on Redress of Mr & Mrs Spadoni 2009-10; Select Committee of the Legislative Council on the Road Traffic Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2016 2016-16

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

Member: Isle of Man Branch


Member's Interests