Peter Hancock

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The Right Reverend
Peter Hancock
Bishop of Bath and Wells
Peter Hancock installation 7 June 2014.jpg
Diocese Diocese of Bath and Wells
In office 2014–present
Predecessor Peter Price
Other posts Bishop of Basingstoke (2010[1]–2014)
Ordination 1980
Consecration 21 September 2010[2]
Personal details
Born (1955-07-26) 26 July 1955 (age 61)
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence The Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset
Spouse Jane[3]
Children Two adult daughters, two adult sons; Claire, Richard, Charlotte, William[3]
Alma mater Selwyn College, Cambridge

Peter Hancock (born 26 July 1955[4]) is the Bishop of Bath and Wells in the Church of England.

Life and ministry[edit]

Hancock was born on the Isle of Wight[5] and his family moved to Fareham when he was 11. He undertook an undergraduate degree at Selwyn College, Cambridge before training for ordained ministry at Oak Hill Theological College.[6] He was a curate at Christchurch, Portsdown between 1980 and 1983 and Saint Aldhelm, Radipole until 1987.

From 1987 to 1999 he was Vicar of St Wilfrid's Cowplain[7] before becoming Archdeacon of The Meon — a post he held until his ordination to the episcopate.[8]

Hancock was consecrated as a bishop at St Paul's Cathedral on 21 September 2010[2] and welcomed as Bishop of Basingstoke at Winchester Cathedral on 2 October 2010.[1] On 10 December 2013, it was announced that Hancock would become Bishop of Bath and Wells in 2014.[9] Initially it was announced that, unlike his predecessors, he would not live in the Bishop's Palace. However that decision was later reversed.[10] His election as Bishop of Bath and Wells was confirmed on 4 March 2014[11] and he was installed at Wells Cathedral on 7 June 2014.[12][13]

In his first interview after being installed as bishop, he spoke against same-sex marriage.[14] In an article in the Bath Chronicle, he said "We will therefore need to think, pray and consider very deeply what it might mean to share the gospel across the diocese, what it might mean to foster spiritual and numerical growth in Church and community, and how we can so order our life as a diocese to enable the Church to grow and flourish in new ways."[15]



Church of England titles
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Archdeacon of The Meon
Succeeded by
Gavin Collins
Preceded by
Trevor Willmott
Bishop of Basingstoke
Succeeded by
David Williams
Preceded by
Peter Price
Bishop of Bath and Wells