Bishop Richard Pain

Bishop Richard Pain (retired 30 April 2019)

Richard Pain was elected Bishop of Monmouth on 23rd July 2013 having served as Archdeacon of Monmouth for the past five years. He has served in the diocese for nearly 30 years – as Vicar in Monmouth for 10 years and also Vicar in Risca, Six Bells and Cwmtillery, and as a curate in Caldicot.

Richard graduated from Bristol University and University of Wales, Cardiff, and trained for ministry at St Michael’s College, Llandaff. He has held a number of diocesan and provincial appointments with a particular interest in ministry – the selection and training of clergy and other church leaders. He has been Warden of Ordinands for Monmouth Diocese, Chairman of the Provincial Selection Board and a member of the Church’s Governing Body.

Richard is married to Julie and the couple have two grown-up sons, Jonathan and Christopher. A keen amateur photographer, Richard also plays the classical guitar.


Bishop Richard shares thoughts and reflections with the Diocese at key points in the Church calendar.  Read his previous reflections here:
Lent 2016
Advent 2015
Easter 2015
Lent 2015
Christmas 2014



1921-1928      Charles Green
1928-1940      Gilbert Cunningham Joyce
1940-1945      Alfred Edwin Monahan
1945-1967      Alfred Edwin Morris
1968-1971      Eryl Stephen Thomas
1972-1986      Derrick Greenslade Childs
1986-1991      Royston Clifford Wright
1991-2002      Rowan Williams
2003-2013      Dominic Walker OGS
2013-2019      Richard Pain