Chaplain to the Bishop of Gloucester
Senior Personal Secretary to the Bishop of Gloucester
The office is based at:
2 College Green
About Bishop Rachel
Bishop Rachel has made history with a number of firsts: When she became the first female diocesan bishop in the Church of England and when she became the first female bishop in the House of Lords.
She was consecrated as the 41st Bishop of Gloucester at Canterbury Cathedral in July 2015 and formally began her new role in September 2015. She entered the House of Lords in October 2015.
The Right Revd Rachel Treweek began her life in ordained ministry in 1994, after training at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford. She served her title at St George & All Saints, Tufnell Park before becoming Vicar of St James the Less, Bethnal Green in 1999. During her time in Bethnal Green she also served as CME Officer and Bishop’s Visitor in the Stepney Area. She was appointed as Archdeacon of Northolt in 2006, serving in that role for five years, before becoming Archdeacon of Hackney in July 2011.
Bishop Rachel was brought up in Hertfordshire and was educated at Broxbourne School. She trained as a Speech and Language Therapist at Reading University where she gained a BA in Linguistics and Language Pathology. She worked as a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist within the NHS and served on the Child Development Team at the Royal Free Hospital before becoming the Clinical Manager for Paediatric Speech and Language Therapists in Health Centres across three north London health authorities.
Bishop Rachel launched a campaign called #liedentity in 2016, to raise awareness of the unhappiness of many young people due to body image anxiety and the pressures they face through social media, TV and advertising to look a certain way. Bishop Rachel is talking to children in schools about this issue and listening to their concern’s and personal experiences. She wants young people to value who are are based on more than just how they look and to know that they have the power to change the messages given out about what ‘being perfect’ looks like. She said:
“I want to communicate God’s deep desire for every child and young person to fulfill their potential and become the person they were created to be. I long for every child to discover that they are loved, valued and known by God. I long for them to realise that valuing who we are begins not on the outside, but deep within; and that what’s on the inside will determine how we live on the outside.”
Bishop Rachel has been speaking out on this issue alongside other organisation such as the YMCA, the Children’s Society and Girlguiding UK. Find out more on our Liedentity campaign page.