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. He is also the Chair of the Rural Affairs Group for the Church of England.

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

For the AD CLERUM, please go to the Bishop Robert’s Messages and Ad Clerums page.

Bishop Robert is supported by a Senior Staff Team

The Suffragan Bishop of Crediton

The Rt Revd 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

Verena Breed: The Archdeacon of Barnstaple

The Venerable Verena Breed
Stage Cross, Sanders Lane, Bishops Tawton, Barnstaple EX32 0BE
01271 375475 Email the Archdeacon of Barnstaple

Andrew Beane: The Archdeacon of Exeter

The Venerable Andrew Beane
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

Nick Shutt: The Archdeacon of Plymouth

The Venerable Nick Shutt
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, 1 The Cloisters, Exeter EX1 1HS
01392 273509

Email the Dean

Alison Stock: Diocesan Registrar
Alison Stock – Partner, Stephens Scown LLP
Tel: 01392 210700

Email the Registrar

Stephen Hancock: Diocesan Secretary

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

Jackie Taylor: Dean of Women’s Ministry

The Rev Preb Jackie Taylor
01548 856231 Email The Dean of Women’s Ministry

Anthea Carter-Savigear: Director of People and Safeguarding

Anthea Carter-Savigear
The Old Deanery, The Cloisters, EXETER, EX1 1HS
01392 294947 Email The Director of People and Safeguarding