Born 26 December 1926 in Manchester, England.
Ordained deacon 1950, priest 1951; Archdeacon of Norwich, 1973-81; Bishop of Thetford, 1981-91.
Since 2019 in retirement in Cambridge, England.
As a hymn writer, has published c. 400 hymn texts (no music, but many to well-known tunes) originally in four single-author collections, now out of print, but subsumed into a larger collected edition, in two parts, A House of Praise (1961-2001: 2003; 2002-2013: 2015) from the Oxford University Press. Many such hymns appear in published hymnals throughout the English-speaking world and in translation. He is an honorary vice-president of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland, a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music. In 2003 he was awarded an OBE 'for services to hymnody', and in 2009 an honorary Doctor of Divinity (DD) from the University of Durham.