Bishops & Archdeacons

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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, Ruth Worsley

The Rt Revd Ruth Worsley was formally installed as Bishop of Taunton at Wells Cathedral on 3rd October 2015. She works alongside the Bishop of Bath and Wells in Wells.

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.

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

  • The Venerable Simon Hill, Archdeacon of Taunton and Diocesan Warden of Readers
  • The Venerable Anne Gell, Archdeacon of Wells and Residentiary Canon of Wells Cathedral
  • The Venerable Adrian Youings, Archdeacon of Bath

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