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Assistant Bishop of Wellington - the Right Reverend Dr Eleanor Sanderson

Bishop Eleanor joined Bishop Justin in the leadership of our Diocesan family at the start of June 2017. She is the first female to hold an episcopal role in the Diocese of Wellington.

Eleanor was born in Whitby, UK, and grew up in Derbyshire and Sheffield. Eleanor was ordained in New Zealand, and has served within the Diocese of Wellington for 14 years in various parish and chaplaincy roles; most recently prior to becoming Bishop as Vicar of St Alban's, Eastbourne. During this time she also seeded the Good Soil Collective (3DM) discipleship movement within the Diocese. 

Eleanor holds a PhD in Geography from Victoria University of Wellington for her thesis which explores the intersection between community development and Christian spirituality, through case studies of a Melanesian Anglican parish in Fiji, and a Mothers' Union group in rural Tanzania. She was awarded a NZ Foundation for Research Science and Technology Bright Futures Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship for this study.

She also holds a Master of Theology from the University of Otago, a Master of Development Studies (Victoria) and a first class Bachelor of Science (Geography) from the University of Bristol. She is a Fellow of Public Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary, and a Research Associate at the School of Religious Studies at Victoria University.

Eleanor lives with her husband Tim and sons Zachary and Joseph, and a group of young people, as part of the Community of the Transfiguration in Kelburn. This is an emerging community of students, recent graduates, and families, committed to bringing transformation within Victoria University and supporting each other in leadership and formation.  

You can read an article about Bishop Eleanor's installation here.






No reira waiho ko te aroha o Te Matua Kaha Rawa hei korowai mou.
May the love of Almighty God enfold you!