Bishop Emma Ineson

  1. Emma was brought up in Kenya, where her parents were helping to train Kenyan teachers. After degrees at Birmingham University in English language and Linguistics, Emma's PhD research looked at power and authority in the language of worship, and the interface between language and faith continues to fascinate her.

Emma trained for ordination at Trinity College Bristol, at the same time as her husband Mat, before going on to a job-share curacy in the Diocese of Sheffield. They spent four years as chaplains of the Lee Abbey community in Devon, a time which instilled in Emma the absolute necessity in Christian life of community as a primary focus for transformation and formation. That’s a theme Emma continues to pursue for her community at Trinity today.

Emma has been a member of the General Synod of the Church of England since 2010, representing theological colleges. She is a member of the Faith and Order Commission and Chair of the TEI Principals’ Steering Group.

Emma's history with the college also involves being on staff previously, as she was a member of the faculty for seven years as a Tutor in Practical and Pastoral Theology before leaving to become Chaplain to the Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Revd Mike Hill. She returned to Trinity as its Principal in April 2014. In 2019, Emma became Bishop of Penrith. Emma and Mat have two teenage children, and in Emma's spare time (!!) she loves cooking and walking their two dogs.