Bishop Denise Ferguson is originally from Aotearoa New Zealand where she was trained and ordained in the Diocese of Wellington. In 2014 Bishop Denise moved from Aotearoa New Zealand to become the Rector of East Redland Anglican Parish in the Diocese of Brisbane.
Originally licensed as a Lay Reader (1988), and ordained Deacon (1999), Bishop Denise has served in a variety of roles including Vicar / Rector of three diverse parishes, Archdeacon of Manawatu (in NZ) and Archdeacon of Moreton (Brisbane), and Bishops Chaplain for Ministry Discernment (Wellington). Prior to relocating to Australia, Bishop Denise was the Canon Registrar for the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki.
Bishop Denise has a particular interest in growing and developing flourishing community facing ministry with particular emphasis on ministry discernment, ministry formation for laity and clergy, and clergy wellbeing.
Bishop Denise Ferguson was consecrated Bishop on 21 July 2019, and is the first woman to be appointed to an episcopal office in the Diocese of Adelaide.