Jeffrey Driver

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Jeffrey Driver
Anglican Diocese of Adelaide
See Adelaide
Installed 2005
Predecessor Ian George
Successor Geoffrey Smith
Other posts Bishop of Gippsland
Ordination 1977
Consecration 2001
Personal details
Birth name Jeffrey William Driver
Born (1951-10-06) 6 October 1951 (age 67)
Nationality Australian

Jeffrey William Driver (born 6 October 1951[1]) is an Australian Anglican bishop. He is the former Archbishop of Adelaide and Metropolitan of South Australia in the Anglican Church of Australia.[2]

Driver grew up in the New South Wales country town of Cowra. His theological education was undertaken through the Australian College of Theology. After a short career as a newspaper journalist he was ordained in 1977 and began his career as an assistant curate in Bathurst. He held incumbencies at Mid-Richmond and Jamison and was later Archdeacon of Young, New South Wales and also Rector of the parish of St Paul's Manuka in Canberra. Driver was Executive Director of St Mark's National Theological Centre in Canberra for a time, and founding Head of Charles Sturt University's School of Theology. In 2001, Driver was consecrated and appointed Bishop of Gippsland in eastern Victoria,[3] a position he held until his translation to Adelaide in 2005.[4]

Driver holds a PhD from Charles Sturt University, MTh. from the Sydney College of Divinity, as well as Scholar and Licentiate in Theology from the Australian College of Theology.[5]

Driver continues to lecture and write on biblical studies and Anglican ecclesiology, and has been closely involved with the work of the Anglican Church's caring body, Anglicare, in a number of dioceses.[6] He attended the Global South Fourth Encounter that took place in Singapore, on 19–23 April 2010.[7]

On 10 April 2016, Driver announced that he would retire in August 2016.[8] He did, and it was announced in December 2016 that his successor would be Geoffrey Smith, the Assistant Bishop, General Manager and Registrar of the Diocese of Brisbane.[9]

Styles of
Jeffrey Driver
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Grace
Religious style Archbishop


  1. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  2. ^ Anglican Communion
  3. ^ Diocesan history Archived 13 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Anglicanism on-line
  5. ^ Rüdiger, Gerhard (16 June 2010). "Annual Ecumenical Lecture: Ecumenism Today". South Australian Council of Churches. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  6. ^ "Archbishop". Anglican Diocese of Adelaide. Archived from the original on 26 May 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  7. ^ SINGAPORE: Global South Observers Reflect on Worldwide Anglicanism, Virtue Online, 25 April 2010
  8. ^ Hunt, Nigel (10 April 2016). "Anglican Archbishop of Adelaide Jeffrey Driver announces his retirement". The Advertiser. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Adelaide gets new Anglican archbishop". 3 December 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Ian George
Archbishop of Adelaide
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Smith

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