Bishop of Newcastle

The Right Reverend Dr Peter Stuart


The Right Reverend Dr Peter Stuart was installed as the 14th Bishop of Newcastle on 2nd February 2018 at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle.

One way of striking up a conversation with Bishop Peter is to talk about musical theatre, running or Celtic spirituality. Another way is to talk about his enjoyment of visiting parishes, the work of our Anglican caring agencies and schools.

Bishop Peter came to the Diocese in 2009 after serving in ministry in Tasmania and South Australia. In 2013 he administered the Diocese following Bishop Farran’s retirement. Since December 2016 he has been leading the Diocese on behalf of Bishop Thompson. He became Administrator of the Diocese on 1 June 2017.

Bishop Peter was born in England in 1963 and emigrated to Cabramatta in 1971. He has since lived in Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia before returning to NSW.

He is a graduate from the University of Tasmania (Bachelor of Commerce), the Melbourne College of Divinity (Bachelor of Divinity), the University of Technology Sydney (Master of Management) and Flinders University (Doctor of Education).

Prior to becoming a bishop, he was involved in parish and diocesan ministries including ministry development, theological education, and administration. He has served parishes in rural, suburban and inner-city settings. From 2002 until 2009 he was the Principal of St Barnabas Theological College Adelaide where he taught practical ministry, missiology, and sociology for ministry.

He is passionately committed to the inclusion of all people as equal citizens. He was the inaugural Chair of the Julia Farr Association in Adelaide, a non-government organisation serving the disability community. From 2009 until 2017 he was the Chair of the Samaritans Foundation in Newcastle.

In 2016 he tried a couch to 5k app and found that after a couple of months he could run 5 kilometres. Most Saturdays he can be found at a Parkrun.

Bishop Peter is married to Nicki and they have two adult children.

You can writings by Bishop Peter here.