The Bishop takes up the honorary role in support of OCF’s work to improve lives by addressing social and economic disadvantage in Oxfordshire, and is committed to building stronger relationships between the Anglican Diocese and local communities.
OCF is delighted to announce that The Right Reverend Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford, has agreed to become a Vice President of the charity. He joins Sir Hugo Brunner, one of the founders of OCF, in this role.
The Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft became Bishop of Oxford in 2016 and was previously the Bishop of Sheffield. He studied first at Worcester College, Oxford and then at St John’s College, Durham where he trained for ordination at Cranmer Hall. He has been a member of the House of Lords since 2013, a member of the Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence until 2020, a member of the Board of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation until 2021 and appointed to the Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee in 2021. He was a member of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Environmental Change Institute from 2017 to 2020, and from 2019 part of the Ada Lovelace Institute’s working group for their project on Changing Regulations.
At the heart of Bishop Steven’s ministry is a desire to engage in the wider community with confidence and hope. He has worked creatively with Anglicans of all traditions in a very diverse diocese, as well as with civic and community leaders and the leaders of other churches and other faiths.
The Bishop’s involvement is part of a wider initiative by OCF to develop its networks of partners and supporters across the county in order to help us address the issues affecting the most disadvantaged communities locally.