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/ 26 March 2015

Archdeacon Rachel Treweek announced as next Bishop of Gloucester

The Ven Rachel Treweek, for the announcement of next Bishop of Gloucester

Her Majesty the Queen has announced that the Venerable Rachel Treweek, currently the Archdeacon of Hackney in the Diocese of London, will become the next Bishop of Gloucester.

Rachel Treweek will be the first female Diocesan Bishop in the Church of England following legislation passed last year enabling women as Bishops.

The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, said:

“As Richard of Gloucester is reinterred, Rachel of Gloucester is revealed. Rachel has served her entire ministry in the Diocese of London, excelling wherever she has been. She has twice acted as Archdeacon, in Northolt and then Hackney – two highly demanding and contrasting areas where she has shone in equal measure.

“As well as operating with great effectiveness from North West to East London, Rachel has been central to the story of growth in this Diocese. Prominent in the launch of our blueprint for the future, Capital Vision 2020, she has played a pivotal role in our strategic plans, particularly in driving towards our target of commissioning 100,000 ambassadors for Jesus Christ by 2020.

“While we are very sorry to see her go, Gloucester has appointed someone with real quality and distinction. We look forward to continuing to support her in the years to come.”

Rachel started her career in the Diocese of London as curate at St George and All Saints, Tufnell Park before becoming Vicar of St. James the Less, Bethnal Green in 1999. She was appointed as Archdeacon of Northolt in 2006 and was made Archdeacon of Hackney in 2011.

The Ven Rachel Treweek said:

“During my years in London, firstly as a speech and language therapist and then in ordained ministry, it has been a privilege to connect with the lives of adults and children from diverse backgrounds and experiences; in places of both deprivation and affluence, and amidst life’s pain and celebration. Living these relationships and experiences has taught me and formed me.

“I am immensely grateful for the opportunities this Diocese has given me to grow in my ministry. I have been blessed to have worked with so many inspiring, passionate and committed people and I have learnt so much from so many.

“It will be very sad to leave London but I know that I will take with me the diverse experiences I have gained here. I hope that I will continue to grow and learn in this new and exciting role to which God has called me.”

Prior to ordination, Rachel trained as a speech and language therapist, a role she practised for more than six years. It was while working as a speech and language therapist that she became interested in family dynamics. She began her training in ‘Couples and Family Therapy’ and completed her certificate at the Institute of Family Therapy once she was ordained.

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