About us

The Diocese of Bristol is the Church of England across Bristol, South Glos, North Wilts 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. She was consecrated Bishop at a service at St Paul’s Cathedral in July and there will be a service of welcome for her at Bristol Cathedral in the autumn.

Rt Revd Dr Lee Rayfield, the Bishop of Swindon, supports the role of the Diocesan Bishop. He works across the Diocese alongside his community leadership role in Swindon.

Our diocesan identity and vision, 'Creating connections' : connected with God, each other and our communities, helps shape the work of ministers, parishes and schools. Our priorities as a diocese are making disciples, growing leaders and engaging younger generations.

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