Archdeacon of Nottingham to become Bishop

The Venerable Peter Hill, Archdeacon of Nottingham, has been nominated by the Queen as the new Bishop of Barking and will be consecrated at St Paul’s Cathedral on 25 July.

Peter Hill said: “The call of God to be a bishop has come unexpectedly and I am both excited and daunted by the task that lies ahead.

“It is a privilege to be joining a diocese which is on the move with God and is celebrating 100 years of mission and ministry. I am energised and challenged by its vision and determination to be a transforming presence for Jesus in people’s lives and communities.

“As Bishop of Barking I very much look forward to taking a lead in the Episcopal Area with its rich diversity of faiths and culture, and engaging fully in its public life. East London and South Essex are expanding rapidly and I know there is adventure and challenge ahead for the people of God as we share the Good News of Jesus Christ in a changing world.

“It will be great working alongside a strong and creative leadership team as we build on the past and work to re-imagine the ministry and service of the church for the future.”

The Acting Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, the Rt Revd Richard Inwood, said: “I am delighted to hear that Peter Hill is to be the next Bishop of Barking. I have known Peter for many years and I am sure he will bring extensive experience and a warm pastoral heart to this role.

“He will be greatly missed here, where he has been an excellent Archdeacon, but he will go with the thanks, the love, and the prayers of the whole Diocese.”

The Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, added: “Peter’s thoughtful and imaginative leadership and oversight will bring wisdom and direction during this time of change and development. Peter comes with a huge and varied experience of leadership and ministry in the Church of England.”

Peter Hill has been Archdeacon of Nottingham since 2007. Previously he was incumbent of two Nottinghamshire mining parishes and also Diocesan Chief Executive for four years.

Originally from Swansea, Peter studied at Manchester and Nottingham Universities and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He taught for eight years in Greater Manchester before being ordained and served as a curate in Nottingham, as vicar of Huthwaite and later of Calverton.

As a former teacher, he was a member of the Dearing Review Group on church schools, and is Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education. He also serves nationally on General Synod.

Peter is married to Ellen, who taught children with severe learning difficulties in Mansfield. They have two grown-up children and two grandsons. A keen sport and outdoor enthusiast, Peter has completed a number of long distance pilgrim walks, and has led many pilgrimages to The Holy Land. He is learning to fly fish, cycles for pleasure and has faith enough to support Swansea City and Welsh rugby.

It is anticipated that Peter will start his ministry as Bishop in September 2014.