Geoffrey Rowell

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The Right Reverend                   
Geoffrey Rowell
PhD DD MA[1]
Bishop in Europe
Bishop Geoffrey Rowell (Vienna, Austria in 2009)
Rowell in Vienna, Austria in 2009
Church Church of England
Province Canterbury
Diocese Gibraltar in Europe
In office 2001-2013
Predecessor John Hind
Successor Robert Innes
Other posts Bishop of Basingstoke
Ordination c. 1968
Consecration 1994
by George Carey
Personal details
Born (1943-02-13) 13 February 1943 (age 79)
Denomination Anglican
Residence Church Road, Worth
Alma mater Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

Douglas Geoffrey Rowell (born 13 February 1943) is a retired Anglican bishop, having served as the third Bishop in Europe until his retirement on 8 November 2013.[2] Rowell is currently an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Chichester.


Rowell was educated at Winchester College and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.


Since 1999, Rowell has been an episcopal patron of Project Canterbury, an online archive of Anglican texts.

Rowell was commissioned as Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe (often called "Bishop in Europe") on 18 October 2001 at St Margaret's, Westminster and enthroned in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Gibraltar, 1 November 2001.

At the November 2012 meeting of the General Synod of the Church of England, Rowell was one of the three members of the House of Bishops who voted against the ordination of women as bishops.[3]


In January 2007, Rowell suspended the chaplain of Istanbul, Ian Sherwood, and the entire chaplaincy council.[4]


Rowell has authored or co-authored the following:

Outline of career


  • Geoffrey Rowell Esq (1943–1968)
  • The Revd Geoffrey Rowell (1968–1981)
  • The Revd Canon Geoffrey Rowell (1981–1994)
  • The Rt Revd Geoffrey Rowell (1994–present)


  1. Press Release — Suffragan See of Basingstoke (National Archives)
  2. "BISHOP ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT". Diocese in Europe. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 2015-11-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Bingham, John (26 November 2012). "Half of women bishops opponents in Synod were women". Retrieved 2015-11-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Bishop chastises Istanbul parishioners in growing row". TodaysZaman. 24 January 2007. Retrieved 2015-11-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Further reading

  • Who's Who, 2006 (A. & C. Black, London, 2006)

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