Bishop of Peterborough
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The Rt Revd Donald Allister was installed as the 38th Bishop of Peterborough on 17 April 2010.
Bishop Donald was born in Liverpool in 1952 and spent much of his childhood on the Wirral where he attended Birkenhead School. He was a choirboy and an altar server. He went to Peterhouse Cambridge to study medical science but changed to study theology. After graduation he trained for the ordained ministry at Trinity College, Bristol.
He served curacies at St George’s, Hyde (1976-79) and at St Nicholas, Sevenoaks (1979-1983). During his second curacy he was also part-time consultant editor of the Church of England Newspaper. He went on to become Vicar of Christ Church Birkenhead from 1983-89 (which involved part-time hospital chaplaincy) and Rector of St Mary’s Cheadle from 1989-2002. He was Rural Dean of Cheadle from 1999-2002. He served as Archdeacon of Chester from 2002-2010.
Bishop Donald has wide experience of the Church of England and has served in its national and diocesan structures as well as in parishes. In the Diocese of Chester he was the Bishop’s Adviser on Healthcare Chaplaincy, Chair of Chester’s Houses and Glebe Committee, Vice/acting Chair of the Board of Education, and Acting Chair of the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC). Since 2005 he has been a member of General Synod, and has served on the Women Bishops Legislative Drafting Group and the Archbishop’s Council Finance Committee. He has been a member of the Council for Christian Unity since 2006, and became its Chair in 2013. Since 2013 he has also been one of the six bishops who sit alongside academic theologians on the Church of England’s Faith and Order Commission.
In November 2011 Bishop Donald was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Theology by the University of Chester, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the promotion of Christian Education.
Also in November 2011 Bishop Donald was commissioned as Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Ely. This means that despite the diocesan boundary running through the city he now speaks for the Church of England on all Peterborough matters.
At the start of 2014 Bishop Donald was admitted to the House of Lords, where he speaks for the Church of England on matters to do with farming and rural affairs, prisons and criminal justice, and North and South Korea.
Bishop Donald is married to Janice, a GP working in Peterborough. They have three grown up children, one of whom is a vicar in Nottingham, and two grandchildren. He is a keen reader of science fiction, and enjoys hill walking in the Lake District and Scotland.
The Rt Revd Donald Allister