Bishop of Doncaster
The Right Reverend Peter Burrows
Peter was born in Derby in 1955. After working at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and a short career in the Civil service he trained for the priesthood at Salisbury and Wells Theological College and was awarded a B. Th. in 1984.
After being ordained in 1983 he served a curacy in Baildon in the Diocese of Bradford before returning to the East Midlands as Rector of Broughton Astley in the Diocese of Leicester where he served for 8 years. He continued in the area as Team Rector of a larger group of parishes until 2000. For six years of this time (1994-2000) he was also Rural Dean of Guthlaxton. As a parish priest he was involved with a number of community and social enterprise initiatives.
Overlapping with his time as Team Rector he took a responsibility for all vocations, lay and ordained becoming the Director of Ordinands from 1997-2003 and Warden of Readers until 2005. He was also an Inspector of Theological Colleges, a member of St John’s College Council, and the East Midlands Ministerial Training Scheme, Chair of the Vocations and Ministry Committee. During this time he was involved in producing a number of reports and training programmes. After leaving the parish in 2000 he took up a completely new role for the diocese as Parish Development Officer which involved parishes developing actions plans, setting up Ministry Leadership Teams and new patterns of local training. From 2003 he was in addition Director of Ministry. Between 1998 and 2005 he was an Honorary Canon of Leicester Cathedral.
It was from there that he was appointed as the Archdeacon of Leeds in 2005 In Leeds he has chaired the Diocesan Ministry and Training Development Group and worked as a member of the Board of Education and Council for Mission. He has further focused on finding funding and setting up three new Pioneer posts (the Business Community, new housing areas and the Night Time Economy) and a Fresh Expression in the city centre.
He has been a member of the General Synod of the Church of England in both Leicester and Ripon and Leeds dioceses and is a Bishops Adviser for Selection and Training.
Peter said that at the heart of his ministry has been a vision for proclaiming the gospel, a vision that includes the church itself being transformed and renewed as it reflects the image of God revealed in Jesus Christ. It includes the outworking of a theology where God meets us, connects with us and sends us out so that we can attract others to the saving love of Christ. This is the reason he has been so heavily committed to developing new models of ministry and patterns of church over the past few years and passionate about engaging with those parts of society the church has not normally connected with and in doing so speak the Gospel into new situations. This has included membership of the Institute of Directors.
Peter is married to Jane and they have two adult children, Adam, an Avionics Engineer in the RAF and Amie a Speech and Language Therapist. He lists amongst his interests all forms of Motor Sport but particularly Formula one,and cooking Indian food and hospitality. He enjoys travel and has a particular interest and connections in Argentina and Sri Lanka.
Since coming to the diocese, Peter has been involved in a number of initiatives including the Central Services Review, planning the Diocesan Centenary celebrations, and chairing the International Link Group and the newly formed Doncaster Faiths Together group. He is also chair of Doncaster Council’s Children and Families Strategic Partnership Board. Peter has also pioneered meetings with business, community and civic groups across Doncaster as part of the church’s ongoing commitment to Incarnational Mission.