Bishops & Archdeacons

Bishop of Bath & Wells, Peter Hancock

The Rt Revd Peter Hancock was formally installed as Bishop of Bath and Wells at Wells Cathedral on 7th June 2014. He lives at the Bishop’s Palace and works there alongside the Bishop of Taunton.

Bishop of Taunton

On 30 June Downing Street announced that the Venerable Ruth Worsley is to be the next Bishop of Taunton in the Diocese of Bath and Wells. Ruth will be ordained and consecrated as a Bishop by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby in London on 29 September. She will then be officially installed as Bishop of Taunton in Wells Cathedral on 3 October this year.

Our Bishops and their office staff are based in the Bishop’s Palace, Wells.


The Bishops are assisted in their work by three Archdeacons based in Bath, Wells and Taunton. Together with other senior colleagues who collectively meet as the Bishops Staff, they are responsible for the life of the church in the diocese, and for the development of our Changing Lives vision.

Each of our three Archdeacons is responsible for a particular geographical areas of the Diocese, known as their Archdeaconry.

  • The Venerable Andy Piggott, Archdeacon of Bath
  • The Venerable Nicola Sullivan, Archdeacon of Wells
  • The Venerable John Reed, Archdeacon of Taunton

They have day-to-day oversight of practical church life, as well as pastoral care for the clergy, and they play an important role in appointing clergy to parish posts. In addition, the Archdeacons share in the central services of the diocese by active involvement in various specific areas such as chairing committees and working groups.

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Who to contact

  • Rt Revd Peter Hancock

    Bishop of Bath & Wells

    Tel: 01749 672341

  • The Ven Andy Piggott

    Archdeacon of Bath

    Tel: 01225 873609

  • The Ven Nicola Sullivan

    Archdeacon of Wells

    Tel: 01749 685147

  • The Ven John Reed

    Archdeacon of Taunton

    Tel: 01823413315

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