Peter D. Robinson

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Peter D. Robinson
Presiding Bishop (Archbishop)
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Church United Episcopal Church of North America
Diocese Missionary Diocese of the West
See Prescott, Arizona
In office September 6, 2010–present
Predecessor Stephen C. Reber
Successor Incumbent
Orders
Ordination Deacon - 1994
Priest - 1995
Consecration January 10, 2009
by Stephen C. Reber
William Wiygul
D. Presley Hutchens
Personal details
Born May 22, 1969 (1969-05-22) (age 45)
Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England
Previous post Suffragan Bishop, UECNA

Peter D. Robinson (born May 22, 1969) is the Presiding Bishop of the United Episcopal Church of North America, Bishop Ordinary of the Missionary Diocese of the West, and rector of St. Paul's Anglican Church, Prescott, Arizona, which is part of the Continuing Anglican movement. He was born in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England.[1]

Family[edit]

Robinson is the son of David Robinson (1944–2008) and Mary E. Robinson (née Harrison, born 1946). He grew up in Barton Waterside, Barton-on-Humber, Lincolnshire, and was educated locally at Castledyke Primary School and Baysgarth Comprehensive School.

Robinson married Denise Krogh on November 13, 1999.

Education[edit]

Robinson graduated from the College of Ripon and York St John in 1991 with a B.A.(Hons) degree in history and theology from the University of Leeds.

Ministry[edit]

After a brief period as a lay worker in an open Evangelical parish in the Church of England, but tended to identify with a broadly High Church position. Robinson joined the Anglican Catholic Church following the Church of England's decision to ordain women to the priesthood as he identified with the traditional Anglo-Catholic opposition to the move. He attended Holyrood Seminary, Liberty, New York (1993–94) and was ordained deacon by Leslie Hamlett (Bishop of the Missionary Diocese of England and Wales, ACC) on July 3, 1994; and priest by John Whiting (Bishop of Silchester - Traditional Church of England) on December 10, 1995. Moving away from Anglo-Catholicism, Robinson served in the Free Church of England from 1996 to 1998, receiving conditional ordination as a presbyter from the FCE Primus, the Right Rev. Cyril Milner, on November 5th 1996. He remained in the FCE until the growing tensions within that denomination lead to his seeking an alternative. Robinson also served in the Traditional Anglican Communion (1998–2007) before joining the United Episcopal Church of North America in October 2007.

Consecration in St. Louis, 10 Jan 2009. Bishops Peter Robinson, Sam Seamans and Wes Nolden in front

Robinson was minister of Providence Chapel, Barton on Humber, Lincolnshire (1995–99) in the Free Church of England whilst also licensed to the Church of Ireland (Traditional Rite) and assisting in their congregations at Stradbally, Co. Leix, Prehen, Co. Londonderry; and Newtownards, Co. Down as required; during which period he showed an interest in both the Protestant Reformation Society and in the conservative Evangelical pressure group Reform. After moving to the United States, he served as Interim Rector of St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Los Alamitos, California (2000–2001), and has been the rector of St. Paul's Anglican Church in Prescott, Arizona, since 2002. He also served as an examining chaplain in the ACA's Diocese of the West from 2001 to 2007; as President of the Diocesan Standing Committee (2003–2007); and as Area Dean of Arizona (2003–2007). Robinson is also a long-standing member of the Prayer Book Society and has contributed articles to their magazine, Mandate, on two early American bishops, John Henry Hobart and Richard Channing Moore. Robinson also had links with the Forward in Faith movement, but resigned when the organization modified its statement of faith in July 2013. Bishop Robinson tends to describe himself as a 'Prayer Book Churchman' but does not closely identify with a particular churchmanship.

Robinson was elected as a suffragan bishop in the United Episcopal Church in North America on October 29, 2008, at the 9th General Convention of the UECNA in Coshocton, Ohio. His consecration took place on January 10, 2009, at Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Louis, Missouri, and he was consecrated by the UECNA Archbishop, the Most Reverend Stephen C. Reber; the Right Reverend Presley Hutchens of the Anglican Catholic Church and Bishop of the Diocese of New Orleans; and the Right Reverend William Wiygul of the Anglican Province of Christ the King and Bishop of the Diocese of the Southeastern States.

Current[edit]

In November 2009, Robinson was translated to become Missionary Bishop of the West, a post which had been in abeyance since the early 1990s. He continues to serve as Rector of St. Paul's Anglican Church, Prescott, Arizona. He also acts as the liaison officer for the United Episcopal Church in its dealings with the Anglican Catholic Church and the Anglican Province of Christ the King. He assumed responsibility as acting Presiding Bishop of the UECNA upon the retirement of the Most Reverend Stephen C. Reber on September 6, 2010, being the senior diocesan bishop in the UECNA by date of consecration. On May 12, 2011, Bishop Robinson was confirmed as the Presiding Bishop by the House of Bishops, and confirmed by a vote of the UECNA's 10th General Convention meeting in Heber Springs, Arkansas, becoming the fifth holder of that office since 1981. The same meeting officially recognized the custom of referring to the UECNA's presiding bishop as the Archbishop, which style had been used formally from 1981 to 1996, and had come into currency again during the latter part of Archbishop Reber's period in office. Since 2011, the Canons of the United Episcopal Church have regularized the custom of referring to the Presiding Bishop of the denomination as the 'Archbishop of the United Episcopal Church.'

In the summer of 2013, Archbishop Robinson succeeded the Rt. Rev. Ray Sutton as Episcopal Patron of the Anglican Bible and Book Society.

Hobbies and interests[edit]

In his spare time Robinson enjoys reading detective novels and listening to classical music. He is the present Chieftain of the Scots of Prescott, a Scottish cultural organization. He also plays the Scottish Small Pipes and is a member of the Southwest Skye Pipes and Drums, which is based in Williams, Arizona. His other interests include Scottish and Irish folk music, Manx history and culture, as well as model railroading.

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Religious titles
Preceded by
Stephen C. Reber
[[United Episcopal Church of North America Archbishop of the
United Episcopal Church of North America]]
Succeeded by
incumbent
Preceded by
vacant
(last held by Robert Hawn 1992-1994)
Bishop of the Missionary Diocese of the West, UECNA Succeeded by
incumbent