Bishop of Christchurch Diocese

The Rt Rev’d Dr Peter R Carrell, BSc (Hons), BD, PhD.



The Right Reverend Dr Peter Carrell is the ninth Bishop of Christchurch. Before being ordained bishop in February 2019, he was Director of Theology House and Director of Education for the Diocese of Christchurch; Archdeacon for Pegasus and East Christchurch (2018); Archdeacon for South Canterbury (2014–2018); and Archdeacon for Mid Canterbury (2015–2018).

Ordained deacon 1986, priest 1987, and serving his curacy in the Parish of Shirley, Christchurch, he has served as a parish priest and as a theological educator in the Dioceses of Nelson (1993–2010) and Christchurch (1987–90, 2010–2018).

Peter is a member of the General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

Born in 1959 in Christchurch, Peter grew up in Hororata, Dunedin, and Christchurch where he attended Christ’s College. He is a graduate of Canterbury, Otago and Durham (UK) Universities.

His doctorate is in New Testament studies (Durham, 1990–93) and he has taught biblical studies as an adjunct lecturer for University of Otago, St John’s College (Auckland), Laidlaw College and Seminari Theoloji Malaysia.

Peter is married to Teresa Kundycki-Carrell and they have four adult children. Teresa is Lay Chaplain at Cathedral Grammar School, Christchurch.

Peter is well known in the Diocese as a preacher and teacher. His diocesan roles have focused on theological education and ministry training of clergy and laity for church ministry.

He has written or co-authored eight books including six yearly Lenten study guides since 2013.

Peter is a Fellow of Christ’s College Canterbury, and a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, of the Riccarton Rotary Club and of the Christchurch Club.

Towards the Regeneration of the Diocese of Christchurch

Bishop Peter shared his vision for the regeneration of the Diocese of Christchurch at March 2019 meetings with clergy held at All Souls’ Church, Merivale.

His words can be downloaded here . Also available is Bishop Peter's Presidential Address Synod 2023 .