Emma Ineson

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The Reverend
Emma Ineson
Principal of Trinity College, Bristol
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Bristol
In office 2014 to present
Other posts Bishop-designate of Penrith (May 2018–February 2019)
Ordination 2000 (deacon)
2001 (priest)
Personal details
Born 1969 (age 48–49)
Birmingham, England
Nationality British
Denomination Anglicanism
Spouse Mat
Children Two
Alma mater

Emma Gwynneth Ineson, QHC (born 1969) is a British Anglican priest and academic, specialising in practical theology. Since 2014, she has been Principal of Trinity College, Bristol, an evangelical Anglican theological college. In May 2018, her elevation as the next Bishop of Penrith, the suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Carlisle, was announced.

Early life and education[edit]

Ineson was born in 1969 in Birmingham, England.[1][2] She was brought up in Kenya and South Wales.[2] She studied English language and linguistics at the University of Birmingham,[3] graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1992 and a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree in 1993.[1] She undertook postgraduate research in the "power and authority in the language of worship" at Birmingham,[4] and completed her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 1998.[1]

At the age of 24, Ineson felt the call to ordination.[5] While studying for her doctorate, she entered Trinity College, Bristol, an evangelical Anglican theological college to train for ordained ministry.[1] She also studied theology and graduated with a further BA degree in 1999.[1]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Ineson was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 2000 and as a priest in 2001.[1] From 2000 to 2003, she undertook her curacy at Christ Church, Dore in the Diocese of Sheffield:[1] unusually, this was a job-share with her husband.[3] She then moved to Devon where she was a chaplain to the Lee Abbey, an ecumenical Christian community, between 2003 and 2006.[1][4]

In 2006, Ineson returned to Bristol having been appointed a non-stipendiary minister in the Parish of St Matthew and St Nathanael, Bristol.[1] In 2007, she was additionally made a tutor in practical and pastoral theology at her alma mater Trinity College, Bristol.[1][4] From 2013 to 2014, she served as chaplain to the Bishop of Bristol (then Mike Hill).[6] In April 2014, she once more returned to Trinity College, Bristol having been appointed its principal in succession to George Iype Kovoor.[3][7]

In 2010, Ineson was elected to the General Synod of the Church of England, the deliberative and legislative body of the Church.[3] She is a member of the Faith and Order Commission; the FAOC advises the various bodies in the Church of England on theology.[6][8] She is a member of the Church of England Evangelical Council as the representative for theological college principals.[9]

Episcopal ministry[edit]

On 9 May 2018, it was announced that Ineson would be the next Bishop of Penrith, the suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Carlisle, in succession to Robert Freeman.[6][10] She will be consecrated as a bishop on 27 February 2019.[2][11]

Personal life[edit]

Ineson is married to Mat Ineson.[3] They had met while studying at the University of Birmingham, and went together to Trinity College, Bristol to train for ordained ministry.[2] They have two children.[11]


In February 2016, Ineson was appointed an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen (QHC).[12][13] She is one of 33 honorary chaplains who are part of the Ecclesiastical Household and occasionally preach at the Chapel Royal.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Emma Gwynneth Ineson"Paid subscription required. Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 1 May 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d "New bishop for Cumbria announced". News and Star. 9 May 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Revd Dr Emma Ineson, BA, MPhil, PhD". Trinity College Bristol. Retrieved 1 May 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c "Rev Dr Emma Ineson". New Wine. Retrieved 12 May 2018. 
  5. ^ Ineson, Emma (29 November 2017). "Saying 'yes' to God". Diocese of Bristol. Retrieved 12 May 2018. 
  6. ^ a b c "The Rev'd Dr Emma Ineson named as new Bishop of Penrith". The Diocese of Carlisle. 4 May 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 
  7. ^ "Trinity college chaplain appointed". Church Times. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2018. 
  8. ^ "The Faith and Order Commission | The Church of England". Church of England. Retrieved 12 May 2018. 
  9. ^ "Council Members". CEEC. Church of England Evangelical Council. Retrieved 12 May 2018. 
  10. ^ "Queen approves appointment of Suffragan Bishop of Penrith". GOV.UK. Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street. Retrieved 12 May 2018. 
  11. ^ a b "Cumbria gains first female bishop". BBC News. 9 May 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2018. 
  12. ^ "Emma Ineson named Queen's Chaplain". Trinity College Bristol. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2018. 
  13. ^ a b "Trinity College principal appointed Chaplain to Queen". Diocese of Bristol. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2018.