Bishop Mike's biography

Rt Revd Mike Hill is the Bishop of Bristol.

Bishop Mike was born in 1949 to English & American parents. He was brought up in Manchester and the north-west of England & became a Christian at the age of 18.

He began his career in the printing industry before considering a call to ordained ministry, becoming part of the Scargill Community in Yorkshire. There he met Anthea, an English nurse who had returned from Nigeria where she had been during the Biafran conflict. They married in 1972.

Mike trained for ordination at Ridley Hall and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He was ordained in 1977 at the age of 28 & was curate of St Mary Magdalene’s Addiscombe until 1980.From 1980 – 1983 he was at St Paul’s Slough & from 1983 to 1992 he was priest in charge, then Rector of St Leonard’s Chesham Bois. In 1990 he became Rural Dean of Amersham & was appointed the Archdeacon of Berkshire in 1992.From 1998 to 2003 he was the area Bishop of Buckingham.

In 2003 Mike was appointed the 55th Bishop of Bristol. He held a number of national responsibilities within the Church of England including as a Governor of the Church Commissioners, Chair of the World Mission and Anglican Communion Panel and Vice-Chair of the Mission and Public Affairs Council. In 2009, he became a member of the House of Lords with particular responsibility for healthcare issues. He is a sought after speaker and teacher in the UK and internationally.

Mike is passionate about evangelism & leadership, within & beyond the Church. In recent years he has made significant contributions in encouraging leadership development in the Church of Uganda through the Bristol Diocesan Link.

He is a lifelong supporter of Manchester United football club & is a keen guitarist.

Mike & Anthea have 5 adult children & 11 grandchildren.

Bishop Mike announced his retirement in January 2017 & will retire with effect from 30 September 2017.