Bishop Greg Thompson
The Right Reverend Greg Thompson
The Right Reverend Greg Thompson was installed as the 13th Bishop of Newcastle on Sunday 2nd February at the Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle.
Bishop Greg was educated at the University of Newcastle and Ridley College and ordained in 1986. In 1988 he became Parish Priest of Darwin in the Northern Territory where he stayed until 1994. He then he became the NSW State Secretary of the Bush Church Aid Society.
In 1999 he became Rector of St John’s Darlinghurst, and in 2004 of St John’s Canberra, his last post before his ordination to the episcopate on 31 May 2007 in Christ Church Cathedral, Darwin. He was the Northern Territory’s bishop since 2007 and was chair of its Northern Territory Business Advisory Council.
Bishop Greg was elected as the next Bishop of Newcastle on 14 September 2013.
He is married to Kerry and has two adult children (who live in South Australia). Bishop Greg is known for his lifelong commitment to social justice. This was evident in his ministry at Kings Cross. In the NT he has advocated strongly for the needs of the Aboriginal communities.
In his short time as our Bishop he has been the catalyst for deep cultural change around the protection of children and the support of victims of abuse. He called us to face our past and in doing so shape a healthy future. This will be his enduring legacy.
As part of shaping a healthy future, we worked together in 2016 to initiate independent external reviews of diocesan governance and the professional standards and redress processes. These reviews are well underway and will continue the crucial work of transforming the Diocese. Bishop Greg has led the Diocese to greater health.
Throughout his ministry he has been committed to hearing the voices at the grassroots and empowering the vulnerable and people in need. Drawing on the great treasures in the teachings of Jesus, he has been unafraid of speaking strongly to the powerful to ensure transparency and promote justice.
Writings of Bishop Greg
Hands – Encounter December 2016
Finding A Way Home – Encounter October 2016
Paperbark Churches – Encounter August 2016
Shadows and Horizons – Encounter June 2016
The Year of Release – Encounter April 2016
Shaping Our Lives for Community This Christmas – Encounter December 2015
Crossing Boundaries – Encounter October 2015
Media Statement – Same Sex Marriage – Newcastle Herald August 2015
Facing the Past, Shaping a Healthy Future – Encounter August 2015
The City – A Place of the Spirit – Encounter June 2015
On Reconciliation – Encounter June 2015
Opening a Door to the Wind and Sunlight – Encounter April 2015
Make Space for Flowers – Encounter February 2015
Making the Journey with Christmas – Encounter December 2014
I Once Was Blind, But Now I See – Encounter October 2014
To learn more about Bishop Greg please view his responses to questions from the Bishop Nomination Board in preparation for the Synod: Greg Thompson Bishop Nomination