Nick McKinnel

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Nick McKinnel
Bishop of Plymouth
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Exeter
In office2015–present
PredecessorJohn Ford
Other postsBishop of Crediton (2012–2015)
Consecration30 November 2012
by Rowan Williams
Personal details
Born (1954-08-19) 19 August 1954 (age 64)
Bradninch, Devon, England
Alma materQueens' College, Cambridge

Nicholas McKinnel (born 19 August 1954) is an English Anglican bishop. He has been the Bishop of Plymouth, a suffragan bishopric in the Diocese of Exeter, since 2015. He was the suffragan Bishop of Crediton in the same diocese from 2012.

Early life[edit]

McKinnel was born on 19 August 1954.[1] He studied at Queens' College, Cambridge, graduating Bachelor of Arts (BA): this was later promoted to Master of Arts (MA Cantab) as per tradition. He then trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, an evangelical theological college.[2]

Ordained ministry[edit]

McKinnel was ordained in the Church of England in 1980.[2] He served his curacy in the Diocese of London from 1980 to 1983. He served as a chaplain at the University of Liverpool from 1983 to 1987.[2] From 1994 to 2012, he was Rector of the Minster Church of St Andrew, Plymouth.[3] From 2002 to 2012, he was also a prebendary of Exeter Cathedral.[2]

In October 2012, it was announced that McKinnel was to become the Bishop of Crediton.[3] On 30 November 2012, he was consecrated as the eighth Bishop of Crediton by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Southwark Cathedral.[4] This was the final consecration undertaken by Williams before he stood down as Archbishop of Canterbury.[5]

In December 2014, it was announced that McKinnel would become the Bishop of Plymouth.[6] He was duly translated on 19 April 2015.[7]


McKinnel was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Theology from Plymouth University in 2013.[8]



  1. ^ Crediton, Bishop Suffragan of,. Who's Who. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 12 December 2013. closed access
  2. ^ a b c d "Suffragan Bishop of Plymouth: Nicholas McKinnel". Announcements. GOV.UK. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b "New Bishop of Crediton named as Rev Nick McKinnel". BBC News. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  4. ^ Birch, Richard (29 November 2012). "Eighth bishop of Crediton to be consecrated". Exeter Express and Echo. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Archbishop consecrates new Bishop of Crediton". Exeter Express and Echo. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Nick McKinnel named as new Anglican Bishop of Plymouth". BBC News. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  7. ^ Diocese of Exeter — Vacancy in the See of Crediton ( (Accessed 1 May 2015)
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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Bob Evens
Bishop of Crediton
Succeeded by
Sarah Mullally
Preceded by
John Ford
Bishop of Plymouth