Bishop of Sheffield

On 7 April 2017, it was announced that the next Bishop of Sheffield will be the Very Revd Dr Pete Wilcox, the current Dean of Liverpool Cathedral.  It is expected that the new bishop will take up the role by Autumn 2017.  Read the full press release here.

The Very Revd Dr Pete Wilcox has been ordained for over 25 years.  He trained at Ridley Hall in Cambridge after completing a degree in modern history at Durham University.  After serving as a curate on Teesside, he studied for a doctorate at Oxford University.  In 1993, he returned to the Durham Diocese to serve as a team vicar in the Parish of Gateshead, while assisting in the training of ordinands at Cranmer Hall as Director of its Urban Mission Centre.

In 1998 he took up a new position as priest in charge of St Paul’s Church at the Crossing in Walsall. Between August 2006 and July 2012 he was Canon Chancellor at Lichfield Cathedral, a post which involved oversight of the Cathedral’s work in education and outreach.

He is married to the novelist, Catherine Fox and they have two adult sons.  Pete is a fan of all ball sports, and follows the fortunes of Newcastle United especially closely.  He is the author of three books: Living the Dream (2007), Walking the Walk (2009) and Talking the Talk (2011).

Theological education and ministerial formation remain key interests for Pete, and bible teaching is his chief passion.  Speaking about his appointment, he said:

“Although the journey has been unconventional, to say the least, I feel called by God to this role and am therefore thrilled to be coming to the Diocese of Sheffield.  There will be much for me to learn, but I am excited about the work which is already underway to share the good news about Jesus, and to work for the justice and peace which the kingdom of God will bring.”