Nick McKinnel
Bishop of Plymouth
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Exeter
In office2015–2022
PredecessorJohn Ford
SuccessorJames Grier
Other post(s)Bishop of Crediton (2012–2015)
Consecration30 November 2012
by Rowan Williams
Personal details
Born (1954-08-19) 19 August 1954 (age 68)
Liverpool England
Alma materQueens' College, Cambridge

Nicholas McKinnel (born 19 August 1954) is an English retired Anglican bishop. He served as Bishop of Plymouth (2015–2022) and Bishop of Crediton (2012–2015), both suffragan bishoprics in the Diocese of Exeter.

Early life

McKinnel was born on 19 August 1954.[1] He studied at Queens' College, Cambridge, graduating Bachelor of Arts (BA): this was later promoted to Master of Arts (MA Cantab) as per tradition. He then trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, an Anglican theological college.[2]

Ordained ministry

McKinnel was ordained in the Church of England in 1980.[2] He served his curacy in the Diocese of London from 1980 to 1983. He served as a chaplain at the University of Liverpool from 1983 to 1987.[2] From 1994 to 2012, he was Rector of the Minster Church of St Andrew, Plymouth.[3] From 2002 to 2012, he was also a prebendary of Exeter Cathedral.[2]

In October 2012, it was announced that McKinnel was to become the Bishop of Crediton.[3] On 30 November 2012, he was consecrated as the eighth Bishop of Crediton by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Southwark Cathedral.[4] This was the final consecration undertaken by Williams before he stood down as Archbishop of Canterbury.[5]

In December 2014, it was announced that McKinnel would become the Bishop of Plymouth.[6] He was duly translated on 19 April 2015.[7] In January 2022, it was announced that he would retire in August 2022, aged 68.[8]

Later life

McKinnel was appointed High Sheriff of Devon for 2023.[9]


McKinnel was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Theology from Plymouth University in 2013.[10]



  1. ^ "Crediton, Bishop Suffragan of,". Who's Who. Vol. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 12 December 2013. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ a b c d "Suffragan Bishop of Plymouth: Nicholas McKinnel". Announcements. GOV.UK. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b "New Bishop of Crediton named as Rev Nick McKinnel". BBC News. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  4. ^ Birch, Richard (29 November 2012). "Eighth bishop of Crediton to be consecrated". Exeter Express and Echo. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Archbishop consecrates new Bishop of Crediton". Exeter Express and Echo. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Nick McKinnel named as new Anglican Bishop of Plymouth". BBC News. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Vacancy in the Suffragan See of Crediton". 20 January 2015. Archived from the original on 20 January 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Bishop of Plymouth Announces Retirement". Diocese of Exeter. 18 January 2022. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  9. ^ "No. 63990". The London Gazette. 10 March 2023. p. 4634.
  10. ^ "Rt Revd Nick McKinnel - Doctorate of Theology". Archived from the original on 25 June 2014. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
Church of England titles Preceded byBob Evens Bishop of Crediton 2012–2015 Succeeded bySarah Mullally Preceded byJohn Ford Bishop of Plymouth 2015–2022 Succeeded byJames Grier