Bishop of Exeter & Senior Staff

The Bishop of Exeter

The Right Revd Robert Atwell was installed as the 71st Bishop of Exeter Cathedral on 5 July 2014.

Bishop Robert was previously Bishop of Stockport, in the diocese of Chester. He was born and brought up in Ilford, Essex. He read theology at St John’s College, Durham, and trained for the ministry at Westcott House, Cambridge. During training he was sent to study at the Venerable English College and Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Attending lectures with seminarians from around the world and exploring the Eternal City was an education in itself.

After a curacy in north London he was appointed Chaplain of Trinity College, Cambridge where he taught patristics. From there he took the unusual step of becoming a Benedictine monk at Burford Priory in the Cotswolds. His ten years in monastic life gave him an abiding love of contemplative prayer. These days he maintains his Benedictine vocation as an oblate of the Abbey of Le Bec in Normandy where he makes an annual retreat.

He was Vicar of St Mary’s, Primrose Hill, in the Diocese of London for nine years before being consecrated Bishop of Stockport in 2008.

He is the compiler of two volumes of daily readings for the liturgical year, Celebrating the Saints and Celebrating the Seasons, together with three anthologies of devotional readings: Gift, Love, and Remember. He is the author of The Contented Life: spirituality and the gift of years,the Good Worship Guide: leading worship well, and joint author of the new Church of England discipleship course, Pilgrim. He has also written a book on funeral ministry.

Bishop Robert chairs the Church of England’s liturgical commission, a position he took up in January 2015.

Email the Bishop of Exeter or phone his office on 01392 272362.

For the AD CLERUM, please go to the addresses and letters page. Bishop Robert also writes a blog that can be read here.

Bishop Robert is supported by a Senior Staff Team

The Suffragan Bishop of Crediton

The Rt Rev Jackie Searle

32 The Avenue, Tiverton, EX16 4HW

01884 250002 Email the Bishop of Crediton

The Suffragan Bishop of Plymouth

The Rt Revd Nick McKinnel

St Mark’s Church, 1 Sanctuary Close, Plymouth PL2 1EN
01752 500059 Email the Bishop of Plymouth

Dr Mark Butchers: The Archdeacon of Barnstaple

The Venerable Dr Mark Butchers
Stage Cross, Sanders Lane, Bishops Tawton, Barnstaple EX32 0BE
01271 375475 Email the Archdeacon of Barnstaple

Christopher Futcher: The Archdeacon of Exeter

The Venerable Christopher Futcher
Emmanuel House, Station Road, Ide, Exeter EX2 9RS
01392 425577 Email the Archdeacon of Exeter

Douglas Dettmer: The Archdeacon of Totnes

The Venerable Douglas Dettmer
Blue Hills, Bradley Road, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot TQ13 9EU
01626 832064 Email the Archdeacon of Totnes

Ian Chandler: The Archdeacon of Plymouth

The Venerable Ian Chandler
St Mark’s Church, 1 Sanctuary Close, Plymouth PL2 1EN
01752 858382 Email the Archdeacon of Plymouth

Very Reverend Jonathan Greener: Dean of Exeter

Cathedral Offices, The Cloisters, Exeter EX1 1HS
01392 273509 Email the Dean

Becky Totterdell: Diocesan Director of Ordinands

The Revd Canon Becky Totterdell
The Bishop’s Office, The Gatehouse, EXETER, EX1 1HX
01392 477702 Email the Diocesan Director of Ordinands

Stephen Hancock: Diocesan Secretary

Mr Stephen Hancock
The Old Deanery, The Cloisters, EXETER, EX1 1HS
01392 294927 Email the Diocesan Secretary

Alison Stock: Diocesan Registrar

Alison Stock, Partner, Stephens Scown LLP
01392 210700 Email The Registrar

Kathy Roberts: Dean of Women’s Ministry

The Rev Preb Kathy Roberts
The Rectory, Black Torrington, Beaworthy, EX21 5PU
01409 231279 Email The Dean of Women’s Ministry


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