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The Anglican church in the British Armed Forces falls under the jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Canterbury; however, for all practical purposes the function is performed by the Bishop to the Forces. His full title is "The Archbishop of Canterbury's Episcopal Representative to the Armed Forces". The Bishop to the Forces is not a military chaplain.The Bishop always sits in the Church's House of Bishops and (therefore) General Synod; from 2014 to 2021, this fact was utilised to give the Bishop at Lambeth (the Archbishop of Canterbury's episcopal chief of staff) a seat on both.
There is sometimes confusion between the (Anglican) "Bishop to the Forces" and the (Roman Catholic) "Bishop of the Forces": for this reason the latter is normally given his title in full, i.e. "The Roman Catholic Bishop of the Forces".
|Bishops to the Forces|
|1948||1956||Cuthbert Bardsley||Also Bishop of Croydon; later became Bishop of Coventry.|
|1956||1966||Stanley Betts||Also Bishop of Maidstone; later became Dean of Rochester.|
|1966||1975||John Hughes||Also Bishop of Croydon.|
|1977||1984||Stuart Snell||Also Bishop of Croydon.|
|1985||1990||Ronald Gordon||Also Bishop at Lambeth.|
|1990||1992||David Smith||Also Bishop of Maidstone; later became Bishop of Bradford.|
|1992||2001||John Kirkham||Also Bishop of Sherborne.|
|2001||2009||David Conner||Also Dean of Windsor.|
|2009||2014||Stephen Venner||Also Bishop of Dover and Bishop for the Falkland Islands.|
|9 July 2014||2017||Nigel Stock||Also Bishop at Lambeth and Bishop for the Falkland Islands; retired August 2017.|
|6 September 2017||2021||Tim Thornton||As Bishop at Lambeth and Bishop for the Falkland Islands; commissioned 6 September 2017.|
|20 September 2021||present||Hugh Nelson||Also Bishop of St Germans; commissioned 20 September 2021|
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