Jill Duff

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Jill Duff
Bishop of Lancaster
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Blackburn
In office2018–present
Other postsDirector of St Mellitus College, North West (March 2013 – 2018)
Ordination2003 (deacon)
2004 (priest)
Personal details
Born1972 (age 45–46)
Bolton, Lancashire, England
SpouseJeremy Duff
Alma mater

Jillian Louise Calland Duff (called Jill;[1][2][3][4] born 1972) is a British Anglican bishop. Since 2018, she has been the Bishop of Lancaster, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Blackburn. Previously, she had been Director of St Mellitus College, North West, an Anglican theological college, since 2013. Before ordination, she studied chemistry at university and worked in the oil industry. After ordination in the Church of England, she served in the Diocese of Liverpool in parish ministry, chaplaincy, and church planting.

Early life and education[edit]

Duff was born in 1972 in Bolton, Lancashire, England.[5][6] She was educated at Bolton School, an independent school in Bolton.[1] She studied Natural Sciences at Christ's College, Cambridge, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1993:[6][2] as per tradition, her BA was promoted to a Master of Arts (MA Cantab) degree in 1997.[6] She then studied chemistry at Worcester College, Oxford, completing her Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree in 1996.[6][2] Her doctoral thesis was titled "Investigations of redox-coupled proton transfer by iron-sulfur cluster systems in proteins".[7] Her early career was spent working in the oil industry.[5]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Duff trained for ordained ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, an evangelical Anglican theological college.[1] She also studied theology during this time, and graduated from Wycliffe with a BA degree in 2002.[6] She was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 2003 and as a priest in 2004.[6]

From 2003 to 2005, Duff served her curacy at St Philip's Church, Litherland in the Diocese of Liverpool.[1] In 2005, she was appointed the first pioneer minister in the Diocese of Liverpool.[2] In that role, she was tasked with planting churches in Liverpool city centre to evangelise to the unchurched in their 20s and 30s.[5][2] In 2009, she was additionally appointed chaplain to Liverpool College, then an independent all-through school:[5] she would continue this role part-time until 2016.[1]

In 2011, Duff left her church planting role, and was appointed a vocations development advisor in the Diocese of Liverpool and an initial ministerial education (IME) tutor.[5][6][1] In 2012, she liaised between St Mellitus College, an Anglican theological college in London, and the Church of England's north west dioceses (Blackburn, Carlisle, Chester, Liverpool, and Manchester) in order to created a new theological college in the North West of England.[2] In March 2013, she was appointed the first director of St Mellitus College, North West.[5][2] St Mellitus NW is the first full-time ordination course in the North West since St Aidan's College, Birkenhead was closed in 1969.[2] She has additionally held Permission to Officiate in the Dioceses of Liverpool since 2013, of Chester since 2017, and Diocese of St Asaph since 2018.[6]

Episcopal ministry[edit]

On 13 March 2018, Duff was announced as the next Bishop of Lancaster, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Blackburn.[5][1] The diocese did not ordain women to the priesthood until 2014: four years later, it would have a female bishop.[3] She was consecrated a bishop by John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, on 29 June 2018 during a service at York Minster.[8][3][4] She was installed as Bishop of Lancaster in July 2018 during as service at Blackburn Cathedral.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Duff is married to Jeremy Duff: he is an Anglican priest who is currently the Principal of the St Padarn's Institute, the Church in Wales' theological college.[1] Together they have two sons.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Next Anglican Bishop of Lancaster is Rev Dr Jill Duff". Diocese of Blackburn. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Jill Duff joins SMC staff". St Mellitus College. 11 March 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Jacobs, Bill (13 March 2018). "Church of England names Dr Jill Duff as first female bishop in Lancashire". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Jill Duff announced as next Bishop of Lancaster". St Mellitus. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Queen approves appointment of Suffragan See of Lancaster". GOV.UK. Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Jillian Louise Calland Duff". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  7. ^ Duff, Jillian L. C. (1996). "Investigations of redox-coupled proton transfer by iron-sulfur cluster systems in proteins". E-Thesis Online Service. The British Library Board.
  8. ^ Daily Telegraph Issue no 50,733 (dated Saturday 30 June 2018) p6, news
  9. ^ "Installation of The Bishop Of Lancaster Rt Rev. Dr Jill Duff". Blackburn Cathedral. 4 July 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2018.