About the Bishop

The Rt Rev Dr John Armes became Acting Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney in September 2022. He is also Bishop of Edinburgh.

Bishop John is serving as Acting Bishop for the duration of the suspension of The Rt Rev Anne Dyer from the office of Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney while canonical process takes place over complaints lodged against the bishop.

Bishop Anne was consecrated Bishop on Thursday 1 March, 2018 at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Aberdeen.

Before that, she served as Rector of Holy Trinity church, Haddington in the Diocese of Edinburgh since 2011. Her wider church involvement includes being a member of the Scottish Episcopal Institute Council and a member of General Synod.

Being in the first group of women for each of these Orders, Canon Dyer was ordained Deacon in 1987 and Priest in 1994 in Rochester. She served as Warden of Cranmer Hall, Durham and before that was Ministry Development Officer in the Diocese of Rochester. Prior to ordination  Bishop Anne read Chemistry at St Anne’s College, Oxford and was a Business Systems Analyst with Unilever before training for ordained ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and studying theology at King’s College London.

On hearing of her election Bishop Anne said “I am delighted to be elected by the Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church to serve as Bishop in the United Diocese of Aberdeen & Orkney. It will be a privilege to lead the people of this diocese as they continue to make known the love of God to those in their communities and beyond. I am looking forward to both the challenge and excitement of serving and worshipping together in diverse locations across the diocese and to joining the College of Bishops.”

Please continue to pray for Bishop Anne and her family, and for the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney as they journey on in faith.