Jackie Searle

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Jackie Searle
Bishop of Crediton
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Exeter
In office27 September 2018 to present
PredecessorSarah Mullally
Consecration27 September 2018
by John Sentamu
Personal details
Born (1960-09-26) 26 September 1960 (age 58)
David Runcorn (m. 1992)

Jacqueline Ann "Jackie" Searle (born 26 September 1960) is a British Anglican bishop. Since 2018, she has served as the Bishop of Crediton, a suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Exeter. She had previously been the Archdeacon of Gloucester between 2012 and 2018.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Searle was born on 26 September 1960 in Redhill, Surrey, England. She was educated at Talbot Heath School, an all-girls independent school in Bournemouth. She studied at Whitelands College, Roehampton, graduating with a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree in 1982. She worked as a teacher from 1982 until 1989. She trained for ordained ministry at Trinity College, Bristol, an evangelical Anglican theological college between 1990 and 1992.[2][3]

Ordained ministry[edit]

She was ordained deacon in 1992, and priest in 1994.[4] Her first ecclesiastical post were curacies in Harrow and Ealing. She was a lecturer in applied theology at Trinity College, Bristol from 1996 to 2003; and then Vicar of St Peter, Littleover from 2003 to 2012.[5] Since 2012, she has served as Archdeacon of Gloucester in the Diocese of Gloucester and as a canon residentiary of Gloucester Cathedral.[2]

Episcopal ministry[edit]

In July 2018, it was announced that she would be the next Bishop of Crediton, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Exeter.[6] On 27 September 2018, she was consecrated a bishop by John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, during a service at Southwark Cathedral.[7] She was welcomed into the diocese on 14 October.[8]

Personal life[edit]

In 1992, Searle married David Runcorn.[2] Together they have two children.[8] David is also ordained in the Church of England.[9]


  1. ^ Derby Telegraph
  2. ^ a b c "Searle, Ven. Jacqueline Ann, (Mrs D. C. Runcorn)". Who's Who 2018. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2017. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U256518.
  3. ^ "Jacqueline Ann Searle". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  4. ^ Crockfords (London, Church House, 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  5. ^ 'SEARLE, Jacqueline Ann, (Mrs D. C. Runcorn)', Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016; online edn, Nov 2016 accessed 29 Jan 2017
  6. ^ "Queen approves nomination to Suffragan See of Crediton". GOV.UK. Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street. 11 July 2018. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  7. ^ Quick, Alan (27 September 2018). "Jackie Searle to be ordained Bishop of Crediton today". Crediton Country Courier. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Next Bishop of Crediton announced today". Diocese of Exeter. 11 July 2018. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Rev'd David Runcorn and Archdeacon Jackie Searle". St Stephen's Church, Ealing. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Geoffrey Sidaway
Archdeacon of Gloucester
Succeeded by
Hilary Dawson
Preceded by
Sarah Mullally
Bishop of Crediton