Peter Carrell is Director of Theology House, Director of Education for the Diocese of Christchurch, and Archdeacon for Pegasus (East Christchurch).
Peter was born in 1959 in Christchurch. He is married to Teresa Kundycki-Carrell, Lay Chaplain at Cathedral Grammar School; they have four adult children, all in their twenties. Peter is the son of Bishop Brian and Mrs May Carrell.
Ordained deacon by Bishop Maurice Goodall in 1986, priest 1987, and serving his curacy in the Parish of Shirley, Christchurch, he has served as a parish priest and as a theological educator in the Dioceses of Nelson (1993–2010) and Christchurch (1987–90, 2010–present).
His doctorate is in New Testament studies (Durham, 1990–93) and he has taught biblical studies as an adjunct lecturer for University of Otago, St John’s College (Auckland), Laidlaw College and Seminari Theoloji, Malaysia.
Peter has a wide and deep knowledge of the Diocese into which he was baptised and ordained, including serving as Archdeacon of South Canterbury (2014–18) and Archdeacon of Mid Canterbury (2015–18).
Peter is well known as a preacher and teacher. His diocesan roles have had an emphasis on the training of others, both clergy and laity. He has written or co-authored 8 books including a yearly Lenten study guide since 2013. He writes a theology-based blog called Anglican Down Under and his opinion or comments regularly feature on the Anglican Taonga website. He also has two other blogs: Resourcing Preaching and Worship Down Under and Hermeneutics and Human Dignity.
Peter is a Fellow of Christ’s College Canterbury, a member of the Academic Advisory Board for Laidlaw College, Vice-President of the Latimer Fellowship and a member of General Synod Te Hīnota Whānui.
He advocates for Anglican Care and Advocacy having worked alongside Anglican Advocacy in the Christchurch Diocese since its inception.