Peter Burrows

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Peter Burrows
Bishop of Doncaster
Right Reverend Peter Burrows.jpg
Burrows in 2012
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Sheffield
In office2012 to present
PredecessorCyril Ashton
Other postsActing Bishop of Sheffield (2016–present)
Archdeacon of Leeds (2005–2012)
Ordination1983 (deacon)
1984 (priest)
Consecration2 February 2012
by John Sentamu
Personal details
Born (1955-05-27) 27 May 1955 (age 64)
Derby, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
ParentsAlfred & Eileen Burrows
Jane Allsop
(m. 1975; her death 2018)
ProfessionFormerly health care and civil servant
Alma materUniversity of Southampton
Sarum and Wells Theological College

Peter Burrows (born 27 May 1955) is a suffragan bishop in the Church of England. He has been the Bishop of Doncaster in the Diocese of Sheffield since 2012. From July 2016 until June 2017, he was the acting Bishop of Sheffield.[1]

Early life[edit]

Burrows was born in Derby to Alfried and Eileen Burrows. He worked as a Nursing Assistant at Derbyshire Royal Infirmary from 1973–1976. From 1976, he was a civil servant, a clerical officer in the Department of Health and Social Security, until 1980, during which year he was awarded his BTh by the University of Southampton (as an external candidate).

Ordained ministry[edit]

Burrows then studied for the Anglican ministry at Sarum and Wells Theological College, graduating and being ordained deacon in 1983. He then served his four-year title post as assistant curate at Baildon, one year into which he was ordained a priest. Burrows' first incumbency was as rector at Broughton Astley from 1987, during which time he was also Rural Dean of Guthlaxton First Deanery from 1994. His benefice was expanded in 1993 and he became team rector at Broughton Astley and Croft with Stoney Stanton.

In 1997, he became Director of Ordinands, and in 1998 an honorary Canon of Leicester Cathedral. In 2000, he left his incumbency to become Parish Development Officer in the Diocese of Leicester and in 2002 he became, additionally, Deputy Director of Ministry. In 2003, he vacated all of these roles to become Director of Ministry until 2005. He has also been an Inspector of Theological Colleges and has chaired Vocations and Ministry Committee.

In 2005, Burrows was appointed Archdeacon of Leeds[2] (in the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds), where he chaired the Diocesan Ministry and Training Development Group. While in Leeds, he influenced the creation of three new Pioneer posts and an urban "Fresh Expression". He has also been a long-serving member of the General Synod and a Bishops' Adviser for Selection and Training.

Episcopal ministry[edit]

10 Downing Street announced on 6 October 2011 that Burrows had been nominated suffragan Bishop of Doncaster in the Diocese of Sheffield. He was duly consecrated an Anglican bishop at York Minster on 2 February and welcomed at Sheffield Cathedral on 5 February and at Doncaster Minster on 11 February 2012.[3] Upon Steven Croft's translation from Sheffield to Oxford, Burrows became acting Bishop of Sheffield (episcopal commissary) for the ensuing vacancy.[1] Burrows is to retire 1 October 2019.[4]

Safeguarding controversy and CDM complaint[edit]

A survivor of child sex abuse made a formal complaint in May 2016 under the Clergy Disciplinary Measure procedure against Burrows and five other bishops (Steven Croft, Martyn Snow, Glyn Webster, Roy Williamson, John Sentamu) for failing to act on his allegations. The survivor said he first told Burrows in 2012 about his abuse by a serving priest. All five bishops dismissed the complaint owing to the one-year time limit imposed by the CDM process.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Jane Susan Allsop from 1975 until her death in 2018 [7]. The couple had two adult children: one son, Adam and one daughter, Amie.


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  • The Reverend Peter Burrows (1983–2005)
  • The Venerable Peter Burrows (personal: 2005–2012)
  • The Venerable The Archdeacon of Leeds (official: 2005–2012)
  • The Right Reverend Peter Burrows (personal: 2012–present)
  • The Right Reverend The Bishop of Doncaster (official: 2012–present)


  1. ^ a b Diocese of Sheffield — The search for a new Bishop of Sheffield… (Accessed 12 July 2016)
  2. ^ Church News. The Times (London, England), Tuesday, July 12, 2005; pg. 56; Issue 68437
  3. ^ Diocese of Sheffield – New Bishop of Doncaster Announced Archived 2012-04-05 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Senior Anglican clergy accused of failing to act on rape allegations". The Guardian. 26 July 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "Goddard Inquiry begins to sift through Church's evidence". Church Times. 29 July 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "Saint John's News" (PDF). Saint John's Church Chapeltown. 5 August 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)


  • ‘BURROWS, Ven. Peter’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011 Accessed 29 March 2012
  • ‘Bishop of Doncaster’, Diocese of Sheffield website, Diocese of Sheffield, 2012;, March 2012 Accessed 29 March 2012
  • ‘Suffragan Bishop of Doncaster’, Number 10 News, Number 10, 2011;, October 2011 Accessed 29 March 2012

Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Oliver
Archdeacon of Leeds
Succeeded by
Paul Hooper