The Right Reverend Andrew W Curnow AM
Bishop Andrew Curnow was enthroned as the ninth Bishop of Bendigo on 28 June 2003 in St Paul’s Cathedral, Bendigo.
Bishop Andrew was born and raised in Bendigo and has lived, studied and ministered to a diverse range of communities and parishes throughout rural, regional and suburban Victoria, as well as two years in the USA.
He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University in 1971 and studied at Trinity Theological College, gaining a Bachelor of Divinity in 1975. Deaconed in Bendigo in 1973, he began as an Assistant Curate at Coburg West before being priested in Bendigo in 1974 and becoming Rector of the Parish of Milloo (now Lockington) from 1975-1978.
He then spent two years overseas in New York City and Richmond, Virginia before returning to the Parish of Elmore in rural Victoria in 1980. In 1983 he became the Director for the Council of Christian Education in Schools and then returned to parish ministry at St George’s Malvern from 1989-1994.
Bishop Andrew was consecrated a bishop in St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne on 11 June 1994 and appointed Assistant Bishop of the Northern Region in the Diocese of Melbourne, in conjunction with being Registrar from 2001 – 2003. Bishop Andrew returned home to Bendigo in 2003 after being elected to be the next bishop.
He has a strong passion and interest in welfare and education having held leadership positions with the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the Council of Christian Education in Schools (ACCESS), the Melbourne College of Divinity (now University of Divinity), Anglicare Victoria, Anglicare Australia, Benetas and St Luke’s Anglicare. He is currently involved with Anglicare Victoria, Trinity Theological College, New Horizons Welfare Services and Bencourt Care.
Bishop Andrew has also been a member of the General Synod Standing Committee of the Anglican Church of Australia since 1998 and was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2013 in recognition of his leadership to the Anglican Church of Australia.
Bishop Andrew announced his intention to retire from the office of Bishop of Bendigo effective 2 December 2017. The Bishopric Electoral Board has commenced its work to elect a new Bishop of Bendigo.