About us

The Diocese of Bristol is the Church of England across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Wiltshire and Swindon. There are 30,000 people worshipping regularly in more than 200 churches, led by hundreds of clergy serving within seven deaneries. Around 15,000 children and young people attend our 72 church schools, while chaplains serve in institutions across our region.

Our bishops lead and oversee the Church in the Diocese of Bristol.

Rt Revd Vivienne Faull is the 56th Bishop of Bristol and was consecrated Bishop at a service at St Pauls Cathedral in July 2018. She was installed as the 56th Bishop of Bristol at Bristol Cathedral on 20 October 2018 and introduced as a Lord Spiritual at the House of Lords on 23 October.

The Rt Revd Neil Warwick, was installed in November 2023 as Bishop of Swindon, after serving as Archdeacon of Bristol within the Diocese.  

We are shaping a new vision and set of priorities for the coming years in a 12-month process called Transforming Church. Together. We want to understand what we do well, what we can change for the better and how to create a positive way forward together. In this 12-month process, we will be talking and listening to lots of different people, from both inside and outside the church.

As part of the Church of England, we are participating in the Renewal and Reform Programme in a variety of ways.

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