Timothy Dudley-Smith

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Timothy Dudley-Smith
OBE MA(Cantab)
Bishop of Thetford
Diocese Diocese of Norwich
In office 1981–1992
Predecessor Hugh Blackburne
Successor Hugo de Waal
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Salisbury (1992–present)
Archdeacon of Norwich (1973–1981)
Ordination 1950 (deacon); 1951 (priest)
Consecration 1981
Personal details
Born (1926-12-26) 26 December 1926 (age 94)
Manchester, UK
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Parents Arthur & Phyllis
Spouse Arlette MacDonald (d. 2007)
Children 1 son; 2 daughters
Profession Bishop, Hymnist
Alma mater Pembroke College, Cambridge

Timothy Dudley-Smith OBE (born 26 December 1926) is an English hymnwriter and a retired bishop of the Church of England.

Born in Manchester, United Kingdom, he was educated at Tonbridge School and Pembroke College, Cambridge before moving on to study theology at Ridley Hall.[1] He was ordained deacon in 1950 and priest in 1951. Shortly afterwards, he became editor of Crusade magazine and ran a Boys' Club in Bermondsey, South London.[1] He served as Archdeacon of Norwich 1973-81 and Bishop of Thetford 1981-91. He also served as President of the Evangelical Alliance.[2] Since his retirement in 1991, he has lived in the cathedral city of Salisbury, England. His wife, Arlette, died on 14 December 2007.

Dudley-Smith is known as a prolific writer of texts for hymns, including the well-known "Tell Out, my Soul". He is a member and honorary vice-president of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland. The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada has named him a "fellow".[3]

In 2003, he was awarded an OBE "for services to hymnody".[3] In July 2009 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Durham University.[4] Dudley-Smith has also written a biography of the English cleric and preacher John Stott, a friend from their time at Cambridge University.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "A Song Was Heard At Christmas". Carols.net. Retrieved 2012-12-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Lord, for the years". Evangelicals Now. 1997. Retrieved 2008-06-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Dudley-Smith, Timothy". Hope Publishing. Retrieved 2008-06-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Watson, J.R. (2009-07-02). "Timothy Dudley Smith: Doctor of Divinity" (PDF). University of Durham. Retrieved 2010-08-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Hugh Blackburne
Bishop of Thetford
Succeeded by
Hugo de Waal
Religious titles
Preceded by
President of the Evangelical Alliance
Succeeded by
Fred Catherwood