Geoff Pearson

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The Right Reverend
Geoff Pearson
Bishop of Lancaster
Diocese Diocese of Blackburn
In office 2006–2017
Predecessor Stephen Pedley
Successor Jill Duff (announced)
Ordination 1974 (deacon); 1975 (priest)
by Eric Treacy (priest)
Consecration 2 November 2006[1]
Personal details
Born (1951-07-18) 18 July 1951 (age 66)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence Forton, Lancashire[2]
Spouse Jean (m. 1973)
Children three
Alma mater St John's College, Durham

Geoffrey Seagrave "Geoff" Pearson[3][4] (born 18 July 1951) is a British Anglican bishop, a retired Bishop of Lancaster in the Church of England Diocese of Blackburn.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Pearson was educated at St John's College, Durham, gaining his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1972, and then trained for the ministry at Cranmer Hall, Durham (part of St John's).[2]

Ordained ministry[edit]

He was made a deacon in 1974 and ordained a priest at Petertide 1975 (29 June), by Eric Treacy, Bishop of Wakefield, at Wakefield Cathedral,[6] serving his title (curacy) at Kirkheaton, West Yorkshire (1974–1977). He then became curate-in-charge (1977–1982) and then incumbent (1982–1985) at the Church of the Redeemer, Blackburn, before taking up an appointment as Assistant Home Secretary for the General Board for Mission and Unity (1985–1989, during which time he was also licensed as an honorary curate at Forty Hill, London) and Executive Secretary for the British Council of Churches' Evangelism Committee (from 1986). Finally (before his appointment to the episcopate) he moved to Merseyside to be Vicar of Roby, during which time he was also Area Dean of Huyton (from 2002) and an honorary canon of Liverpool Cathedral (from 2003).[2][7]

Episcopal ministry[edit]

Pearson was appointed Bishop of Lancaster — the sole suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Blackburn — in 2006, took up his See with his consecration as a bishop on 2 November 2006[1] and was installed not long after at Blackburn Cathedral. He has dedicated much of his ministry to the prioritisation of gospel work amongst children and young people. A keen hillwalker,[8] Pearson married in 1973 and they now have three adult children.[5]

On 16 January 2017, it was announced that Pearson was to retire[9] at the end of July 2017.[10]

Personal life[edit]

In 1973, Pearson married Jean Richardson.[2] He has three children; one son and two daughters.[2][5]



  1. ^ a b Episcopal World — Advent 2006 Archived November 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b c d e Pearson, Geoffrey Seagrave. Who's Who. 2017 (November 2016 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 27 July 2017.  closed access publication – behind paywall
  3. ^ Anglican web-site
  4. ^ Diocese of Blackburn — Bishop's Staff
  5. ^ a b c Official notification of appointment
  6. ^ "Petertide ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#5864). 4 July 1975. p. 15. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 27 July 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ "Geoffrey Seagrave Pearson"Paid subscription required. Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  8. ^ Debrett's People of Today London, 2008 Debrett's, ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9
  9. ^ Diocese of Blackburn — The Anglican Bishop of Lancaster announces his retirement (Accessed 16 January 2017)
  10. ^ Diocese of Blackburn — Bishop Geoff's retirement reflections (Accessed 26 July 2017)
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Stephen Pedley
Bishop of Lancaster
Succeeded by
Jill Duff