Bishop of Aston
The Right Reverend Anne Hollinghurst
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.