Greg Thompson (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Greg Thompson
Bishop of Newcastle
Province Province of New South Wales
Diocese Diocese of Newcastle
In office 2013 to 2017
Predecessor Brian Farran
Other posts Bishop of the Northern Territory (2007–2013)
Orders
Ordination 1986
Consecration 31 May 2007
Personal details
Birth name Gregory Edwin Thompson
Born 1956 (age 60–61)
Muswellbrook, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Denomination Anglicanism

Gregory Edwin "Greg" Thompson (born 1956) is an Australian Anglican bishop.[1] Since February 2014, he has served as the Bishop of Newcastle. In March 2017 he announced his resignation.[2] He was previously, from 2007 to 2013, the Bishop of the Northern Territory.

Early life and education[edit]

Thompson was born in Muswellbrook, New South Wales, Australia.[3] He studied at the University of Newcastle.[4] He trained for ordained ministry at Ridley College, an Evangelical Anglican theological college in Melbourne.

Ordained ministry[edit]

Thompson was ordained in 1986.[5] From 1988 to 1994, he was Parish Priest of Darwin in the Northern Territory.[3] Then, from 1994 to 1999, he was the New South Wales State Secretary of the Bush Church Aid Society. Having returned to parish ministry, he was Rector of St John's Church, Darlinghurst, between 1999 and 2004, and then Rector of St John's Church, Canberra.[3]

Thompson was ordained to the episcopate on 31 May 2007 at Christ Church Cathedral, Darwin.[6][7] He then became the Bishop of the Northern Territory.[8] In September 2012, he was elected as the next Bishop of Newcastle.[9] He took up the appointment on 2 February 2013, becoming the 13th Bishop of Newcastle.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Thompson is married to Kerry.[3]

In 2015, Thompson reported that he had been sexually abused by Ian Shevill as a young man when he was 19 and interested in the priesthood.[11] Shevill has been identified as a sexual predator by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2016.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Second Hour: Greg Thompson". ABC. 15 July 2007. 
  2. ^ "Australian bishop quits after working hard to deal with abuse issues". Episcopal Cafe. 16 March 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-16 – via Anglican Communion News Service. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Our Bishop". eastmaitlandanglican.net. Saint Peter's Anglican Church, East Maitland. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Gregory, Helen (15 October 2013). "Anglican bishop keen to build community". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Clerical Directory". Archived from the original on 8 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Ordination of Bishop Greg Thompson". The Mendicant Mind and Body. WordPress. 1 June 2007. 
  7. ^ Christchurch Cathedral website
  8. ^ "Provincial Directory: Northern Territory, The". Anglican Communion. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. 
  9. ^ Gregory, Helen (15 October 2013). "Anglican bishop keen to build community". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  10. ^ Rigney, Sam (2 February 2014). "New Anglican bishop promises justice, compassion". Newcastle Herald. 
  11. ^ McCarthy, Joanne (26 October 2015). "Anglican bishop Greg Thompson sexually abused by late Bishop Ian Shevill". The Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  12. ^ Trask, Steven (21 July 2016). "Bishop who was sexually abused as a teenager still has the portrait of the minister who molested him hanging in his church". Daily Mail Australia. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Philip Freier
Bishop of the Northern Territory
2007–2014
Succeeded by
Greg Anderson
Preceded by
Brian Farran
Bishop of Newcastle
2014–2017
Vacant