Gregory Venables

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Gregory Venables
Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Church of South America, Bishop of Argentina
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Venables in 2018
ChurchAnglican Church of South America
In office2016–present
PredecessorTito Zavala
Personal details
Born6 December 1949

Gregory James Venables (born 6 December 1949) is an English Anglican bishop. He has served as the Primate of the Southern Cone in South America from 2001 until 2010, and once again since 2016 until 2020. He is the former diocesan bishop of Argentina since November 2020.

Early life[edit]

Venables was educated at Chatham House Grammar School, Kingston University and Christ Church University College Canterbury, after which he was successively a computer systems officer and a school teacher.

Ecclesiastical career[edit]

Venables was ordained as a deacon in 1984 and eight months later as priest.[1] He started his ordained ministry, serving with the Anglican Church in Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina.[2] He was headmaster of St Andrew's College, Asuncion, Paraguay, from 1978 until 1989.

He was ordained to the episcopate in 1993 and returned to South America as Assistant Bishop of Peru and Bolivia, being consecrated the first Bishop of Bolivia in 1995.

Venables was elected Archbishop of South America for the first time in 2001, serving until 2010. He became a significant leader of the Anglican realignment during his tenure. He was once again elected at the provincial synod held in Santiago, Chile on 7–10 November 2016[3][4]

Venables is an honorary Fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University.[5] He is also the Patron of the Federation of Anglican Churches in the Americas.

Venables has been married to Sylvia Margaret (née Norton) since 1970 and they have one son, two daughters and eight grandchildren.


  1. ^ Crockford's clerical directory, London, Church House 1995 ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  2. ^ Who’s Who 2007 London, A&C Black, 2006 ISBN 978-0-7136-7527-6
  3. ^ "Greg Venables elected Archbishop of South America". Anglican Ink. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  4. ^ Bishop Greg Venables is new Primate of South America, Anglican Communion News Service, November 2016
  5. ^ CCCU citation
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone of America
Succeeded by
Preceded by Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Church of South America
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New position
Bishop of Bolivia
Succeeded by