We were very saddened to hear of the death of Bishop John Wraw at the age of 58.
Bishop John, who trained at Ridley in the 1980s, died in the early hours of July 25, and was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2014. In February this year, when it became clear that his condition was no longer treatable, he wrote a moving letter to the clergy of Chelmsford diocese.
Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, said: “Bishop John was a wonderful servant of the gospel and a fantastic colleague."
“As an archdeacon in Wiltshire he was known to be dependable and creative. As a bishop serving in this great diocese of Chelmsford these qualities blossomed and bore fruit as he helped take forward our diocesan vision for growth and renewal.
“He quickly won the confidence of the clergy and the love of the people he served.”
Bishop John took up his role in the diocese in 2012, and was determined to carry on with his ministry after his diagnosis.
“Many people would have simply retired,” Bishop Stephen added in his tribute.
“Bishop John just got stuck in, teaching the Christian faith, visiting the parishes he served, and refining his understanding of the gospel so that his life now matched his ministry in a way that was humbling and inspiring to experience.
“He not only spoke about the wonderful inclusive hospitality of God’s love, he lived it to the last. I could not have wished for a better colleague. We will miss him hugely.”
Bishop John leaves his wife, Gillian, and four grown-up children.
Arrangements for his funeral are yet to be announced.