Rachel Treweek

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The Venerable
Rachel Treweek
Archdeacon of Hackney
Bishop-designate of Gloucester
Diocese Diocese of London
In office 14 May 2006-present
Predecessor Lyle Dennen
Ordination 1994 (deacon)
1995 (priest)
Personal details
Birth name Rachel Montgomery
Born (1963-02-04) 4 February 1963 (age 52)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Guy Treweek (m. 2006)
Profession Speech therapist; family therapist
Alma mater University of Reading
Wycliffe Hall, Oxford

Rachel Treweek (née Rachel Montgomery; born 4 February 1963) is an Anglican priest and, since 2011, the Archdeacon of Hackney.[1] On 26 March 2015, it was announced that Treweek is to become the next Bishop of Gloucester. This will make her the first female diocesan bishop in the Church of England.

Early life and career[edit]

Treweek was born Rachel Montgomery on 4 February 1963.[2] She was educated at Broxbourne School, a state school in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.[3] She studied at the University of Reading and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in linguistics and language pathology.[4][3]

Treweek's first career was as a speech and language therapist. After six years as a paediatric speech therapist in the National Health Service, she left her job to begin training for ordination in the Church of England.[5][6]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Treweek studied for ordained ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, an Anglican theological college, and graduated with a Bachelor of Theology (BTh) degree in 1994. She was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1994 and a priest in 1995.[4] From 1994 to 1997, she served a curacy at St George and All Saints Church, Tufnell Park, London. From 1997 to 1999, she remained at St George and All Saints Church as the associate vicar.[7] In 2006, she was appointed vicar of St James-the-Less, Bethnal Green, London.[6] In addition to the incumbency, she was appointed the continuing ministerial education officer for the Diocese of London.[4]

In 2006, Treweek left parish ministry on her appointment as the Archdeacon of Northolt; this made her one of six archdeacons in the Diocese of London.[8] She held the position for five years before becoming the Archdeacon of Hackney in 2011.[4]

In September 2013, Treweek was elected as one of eight "participant observers" of the House of Bishops as the observer representing the South East of England.[9] The observers are senior female priests who will attend and participate in meetings of the House of Bishops until six female bishops have been appointed.[10] She attended her first meeting of the House of Bishops of the General Synod of the Church of England on 9 December 2013.[11]

On 26 March 2015, it was announced that Treweek is to become the next Bishop of Gloucester, the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Gloucester.[3] Though there have been two female bishops appointed previously, she is the first woman to be appointed a diocesan bishop, rather than as a suffragan bishop.[12] She will also be the first female bishop in the Province of Canterbury. Due to seniority, she will become the first female bishop to enter the House of Lords as a lord spiritual.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

In 2006, Treweek married Guy Treweek. He is a Church of England priest who is priest-in-charge of two parishes in the City of London.[14]


  1. ^ "Archdeacons", Diocese of London website.
  2. ^ "Treweek, Ven. Rachel", Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011; accessed 24 March 2012
  3. ^ a b c "The Bishop of Gloucester Designate". About the Diocese. Diocese of Gloucester. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Treweek R". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 26 March 2015.  (Subscription required)
  5. ^ Gledhill, Ruth (26 March 2015). "Church of England appoints first female diocesan bishop". Chrisitian Today. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "The Archdeacon of Hackney, the Venerable Rachel Treweek, announced as the next Bishop of Gloucester". Communications. Diocese of London. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Diocese of Gloucester: Venerable Rachel Treweek". Press release. Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Gregory, Julia (18 May 2011). "New Archdeacon of Hackney is appointed". Hackney Gazette. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "First Female Representatives to House of Bishops Elected". Media Centre. The Church of England. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Davies, Madeleine (7 February 2013). "Women dignitaries to be elected as Bishops' 'participant observers'". Church Times. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "(Photo) Female observers join House of Bishops meeting". Christian Today. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Ward, Victoria (26 March 2015). "Church of England names first female bishop to sit in the House of Lords". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Rachel Treweek to become the new bishop of Gloucester". BBC News. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  14. ^ Caroline, Davies. "Church of England appoints most senior female bishop". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Christopher Chessun
Archdeacon of Northolt
Succeeded by
Pete Broadbent (acting)
Preceded by
Lyle Dennen
Archdeacon of Hackney