Victoria Matthews

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The Right Reverend
Victoria Matthews
Bishop of Christchurch
Church Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
In office 2008 – present
Predecessor David Coles
Ordination 1977
Personal details
Born 1954 (age 60–61)
Toronto, Ontario
Previous post Bishop of Edmonton

Victoria Matthews (born 1954) is Bishop of Christchurch in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. In 1994 she became the first ever female bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada.


Matthews became a deacon in 1979 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1980. In 1992, she sat on the bishop's court that convicted Fr James Ferry of disobedience. She served as an educator and a parish priest until Feb 12, 1994, when she was ordained to the episcopate. She became the first woman bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada.[1] She was elected Bishop of Edmonton in 1997. Mathews began chairing the Primate’s Theological Commission in 1996 and was reelected in 2004. She also chaired the Task Force on Alternate Episcopal Oversight. Matthews is considered to be a theological conservative and on the Anglo-Catholic wing of the Church.[2] Matthews resigned as Bishop of Edmonton on November 30, 2007. She was bishop-in-residence at Wycliffe College in Toronto, Ontario, from January to April 2008. In February 2008, she was elected Bishop of Christchurch in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.[2] She was enthroned on August 30, 2008.[3] Matthews' handling of the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake damage to ChristChurch Cathedral earthquake recovery was criticised by a senior church member[4] and was echoed by letters published in The Press.[4]



  1. ^ "About the Church". Church of the Incarnation. Toronto. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Bates, Stephen (22 February 2008). "People". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Our Bishop". Anglican Diocese of Christchurch, New Zealand. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Gates, Charlie (9 December 2011). "Dean quit after bishop 'made position untenable'". The Press. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 

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Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Ken Genge
Bishop of Edmonton, Canada
Succeeded by
Jane Alexander
Preceded by
David Coles
Bishop of Christchurch
2008 – present