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Jeremy Greaves named as Brisbane’s next archbishop

The Anglican Church Southern Queensland has today announced the election of Bishop Jeremy Greaves as the tenth Archbishop of Brisbane. 

He replaces Archbishop Phillip Aspinall AC who resigned in February after 21 years in the role.

In making the announcement, Bishop Administrator Cameron Venables said it was with great joy that he shared the decision of the Archbishop Election Committee.

Archbishop-elect Jeremy Greaves visiting St Luke’s School in Bundaberg. Bishop Jeremy Greaves has been serving as Chair of the Anglican Schools Commission for six years

Archbishop-elect Jeremy Greaves will be installed as Archbishop of Brisbane and Metropolitan of the Province of Queensland at St John’s Cathedral on Saturday 16 December 2023.

Bishop Jeremy, who has been Bishop for the Northern Region since 2017, has served 10 years as a priest in Queensland, as well as time in the Northern Territory and South Australia. He was ordained in Adelaide and celebrated 25 years of ministry as a priest in February this year. He is a Theology graduate of Flinders University.

Bishop Jeremy said he looked forward to continuing the work of reimagining the shape of ministry and mission for this new time.

 “People need places to gather in supportive community. When the church gets it right, we are pretty good at that,” Bishop Jeremy said. 

“The church provides a time and place where people from divergent backgrounds and views can come together. This is so important in our ever polarised and fracturing society.”

Chair of the Archbishop Election Rev’d Canon Dr Marian Free, said Bishop Jeremy’s background, outlook and skills would stand him in good stead as Archbishop.

“I am confident that he will make a faithful Archbishop because of his experience here and elsewhere, his commitment to comprehensive Anglicanism, and in particular his pastoral approach to those holding different views.”

Bishop Jeremy acknowledged the work of Bishop Administrator Cameron Venables who has led the Diocese over the past year, while at the same time managing his responsibilities as Bishop for the Western Region. Bishop Venables will continue to serve in the role of Bishop Administrator until Bishop Jeremy’s installation in December.

Buderim locals Bishop Jeremy and his wife, Josie, will relocate to Brisbane by the end of the year.