The bishops suffragan of Edmonton have been area bishops since the London area scheme was founded in 1979. The current bishop is the Right ReverendPeter Wheatley, who began his ministry as suffragan bishop in March 1999. Wheatley has announced that he is to retire before the end of 2014.
The episcopal title of "Bishop of Edmonton" is one of three that are duplicated in the Anglican Communion. The other Bishop of Edmonton is a diocesan bishop in Canada. Although recent bishops of Edmonton[who?] in the Church of England have opposed the ordination of women bishops, the current Bishop of Edmonton in the Anglican Church of Canada is a woman, as was her predecessor; the other two duplicated bishoprics in the Anglican Communion are at Rochester [United States and England], and at Newcastle [Australia and England].)