Bishop Anne at ordination service

Bishop of Aston

The Right Reverend Anne Hollinghurst

Bishop Anne

Anne was consecrated as the tenth Bishop of Aston in September 2015. She is Suffragan Bishop at the Church of England - Birmingham and has particular episcopal responsibility in the areas of mission, vocations and ministry.

She spent her childhood in the North West, moving away to university where she first began to sense a vocation to ordained ministry. On getting married and moving to West Sussex, she spent 5 formative years as a youth leader and pastoral assistant at her local church, before taking up full-time youth work in inner city Nottingham.

Since ordination she has served as curate at St Saviour in the Meadows, another inner city Nottingham parish; Chaplain and Religious Studies lecturer at the University of Derby – where she was also a founding Director of the University’s Multi-Faith Centre; Chaplain of Derby Cathedral; Residentiary Canon of Manchester Cathedral and Chaplain to the Bishop of Manchester. Her previous post before moving to Birmingham was as vicar of the busy city centre parish of St Peter’s, St Albans, where she led a growing church made up of both traditional and fresh expressions congregations.

She has been a member of General Synod, alongside a variety of other diocesan portfolio roles in the areas of mission, leadership, education, worship and spirituality. She is currently one of the bishops on the Faith and Order Commission of the Church of England and on the Bishoprics and Cathedrals Committee.

She holds a theology degree from the University of Bristol and a MSt from Cambridge University in Jewish-Christian relations.

Her husband, Steve, is also ordained and a part time tutor with the Church Army, as well as part time freelance lecturer/consultant in mission and contemporary culture. For relaxation they both enjoy theatre, reading, music, walking and have a particular love affair with the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  


News from Bishop Anne

New Mission Apprentice Commissioning Service
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New Mission Apprentice Commissioning Service Recently appointed Mission Apprentices commissioned by Bishop of Aston
​Bishop’s Comment: Leaving the front door open
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​Bishop’s Comment: Leaving the front door open I knew briefly one of my Great Grandmothers. I remember her looking quite Victorian with her neat, white-haired bun and seated by her old-fashioned range. But the most striking thing looking back was that this ...
Transforming Church - Shaping the Future Conference
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Bishop's Comment: New classrooms in Malawi
28 February 2017
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​Hidden Treasure Meeting
27 February 2017
​Hidden Treasure Meeting We are delighted that the churches in Birmingham, together with ecumenical Taize community, are preparing to welcome young people from across Europe for the Hidden Treasure meeting: 28th April - 1st May 2017.
Bishop's Comment: ​Friendship Across Divides
31 January 2017
Bishop's Comment: ​Friendship Across Divides In response to a world of conflict and mistrust, a community founded by a small group of religious brothers has been living out a message of reconciliation between people and nations.