Geoff Annas

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The Right Reverend
Geoff Annas
area Bishop of Stafford
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Lichfield
In office 2010–present
Predecessor Gordon Mursell
Other posts Vicar of Thornhill, Southampton (1994–2010)
Ordination 1983 (deacon); 1984 (priest)
by Ronald Bowlby
Consecration 21 September 2010[1]
by Rowan Williams
Personal details
Born (1953-11-29) 29 November 1953 (age 63)
London, UK
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Ann[1]
Children 1 adult daughter & 1 adult son: Katie & Ben[2]
Profession formerly social worker

Geoffrey Peter Annas (born 29 November 1953) is a British clergyman, the area Bishop of Stafford[3] in the Church of England.

Education and career[edit]

Born in London,[4] Annas was a senior social worker before attending Salisbury and Wells Theological College.[5] Upon leaving theological college, he was ordained a deacon at Petertide (on 3 July) 1983[6] and a priest the following Petertide (1 July 1984), both times by Ronald Bowlby, Bishop of Southwark, in Southwark Cathedral,[7] and became a curate at Holy Trinity with St Matthew, Southwark until 1987. Annas then served as a Team Vicar at St Christopher's Church, Walworth and Warden of the Pembroke College Mission[8] before moving to Southampton in 1994 to be Vicar of St Christopher's Church, Thornhill. He also acted as Theatre Chaplain to The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton from July 1996 to July 2010. In 2007, he additionally became Assistant Area Dean of Southampton and an honorary canon of Winchester Cathedral.[2] He was also known within the local area for helping to set up the Street Pastor Scheme in Southampton, as well as being a Street Pastor himself.[5]

As was announced on 2 June 2010, Annas was to move to the Diocese of Lichfield as area Bishop of Stafford in late September 2010, in succession to Gordon Mursell, who retired early on grounds of ill health.[5] Annas was consecrated on 21 September[9] by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, at St Paul's Cathedral and installed on 26 September 2010.[5]

Marriage and family[edit]

He has been married for 23 years[4] to Ann Annas,[1] an ophthalmologist.[5] They have one adult daughter, and one adult son.[2]



Church of England titles
Preceded by
Gordon Mursell
Bishop of Stafford