David Walker graduated from, and briefly researched in, Mathematics at King’s College, Cambridge before taking a Diploma in Theology at Birmingham University and being ordained as a Church of England priest. For seventeen years he worked primarily in industrial parishes in South Yorkshire, taking a particular interest in Urban Regeneration and Housing. From late 2000 he was Bishop of Dudley, moving in 2013 to be Bishop of Manchester, his native city.
He has served on a wide range of public and charitable bodies including being elected to the Council and Executive Board of the National Housing Federation and serving on Board Advisory Panels for Equality, Diversity and Human Rights for the Homes and Communities Agency and the College of Policing.
In addition to his day to day responsibilities for the Manchester Diocese, David is a member of the Board of Governors of the Church Commissioners and of its Assets Committee. He is vice chair of the C of E’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group. Closer to home he chairs the Greater Manchester Police Independent Ethics Committee, the Manchester Homelessness Partnership Board and the Wythenshawe Community Housing Group. He is a regular broadcaster on local and national radio, and on TV.
Having developed an interest in the ways in which people belong to their local community, and to the church, David took the opportunity of a sabbatical in 2005 to join a group of researchers led by Professor Leslie Francis. The group was initially based at Bangor, before moving to Warwick. Over the next few years he produced a string of papers for peer review journals, mostly using statistical methods in order to understand the complexities of Anglican belonging, especially among people who retain a sense of religious faith but are not frequent churchgoers.
A second sabbatical in 2012 allowed him to bring together a substantial portion of this work, and paved the way for a submission for a doctorate by published works. David received his PhD from Warwick in 2014. A book based on his research, “God’s Belongers” is due for publication in early 2017.