The Reverend Canon Peter Falconer Hansen was consecrated Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of the Western States in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on September 21, 2017.
In 1967, Peter Hansen thought he would train to be an architect, so he obtained a Bachelor of Architecture degree from U.C. Berkeley in 1972.
God had other ideas. Called to be an Anglican priest, Peter Hansen received a seminary degree from St. Joseph of Arimathea Anglican Theological College in Berkeley and was ordained in 1985, serving churches in Sacramento and Chico, California. He has served as Rector of St. Augustine of Canterbury Church, Chico since 1991.
Father Hansen was called to be priest to his congregation and to his city as well. In the last 27 years, he created and directed a pro-life ministry, ChicoLife; trained for and served the Chico Police Department as President of the Chico Police Chaplains Association (1999 to 2016 and three-time Chaplain of the Year); led his congregation to purchase and renovate a historic church building at 3rd & Salem Streets in downtown Chico and numerous other ministries.
In early 2019, Bishop Hansen accepted a call from St. Bartholomew’s Woodinville, WA, to serve as interim Rector and priest-in-charge, generously splitting his time between our parish and his home parish of St. Augustine of Canterbury.
Bishop Hansen lives in Chico with his wife, Giti Zarnegar Hansen, married since 1973. They have one son and four grandchildren who live in Texas.