Peter Burrows

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Peter Burrows
Bishop of Doncaster
Diocese Diocese of Sheffield
Installed 5 February 2012[1]
Predecessor Cyril Ashton
Other posts Archdeacon of Leeds
Ordination 1983 (deacon); 1984 (priest)
Consecration 2 February 2012[1]
Personal details
Born (1955-05-27) 27 May 1955 (age 60)
Derby, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Parents Alfred & Eileen Burrows
Spouse Jane Allsop (m. 1975)
Children 1 son, Adam; 1 daughter, Amie
Profession Formerly health care and civil servant
Alma mater Sarum and Wells Theological College
Peter Burrows (2012)

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.

Early life and family[edit]

Burrows was born in Derby to Alfried and Eileen Burrows. He worked as a Nursing Assistant at Derbyshire Royal Infirmary from 1973–1976, during which time he married Jane Susan Allsop in 1975. The couple now have two adult children: one son, Adam and one daughter, Amie. 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).

Priestly career[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 (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 career[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.


  1. ^ a b Diocese of Sheffield – New Bishop of Doncaster Announced


  • ‘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