Following a degree in English at Durham, Alison White studied Theology at Cranmer Hall, Durham, and completed her title at Chester-le-Street in the Diocese of Durham, as deaconess from 1986, deacon from 1987 and priest from 1994.
She studied for an MA in Theology through Leeds University.
From 1989 to 1993 she served as Durham’s Diocesan Adviser in Local Mission. She then spent 5 years as Director of Mission and Pastoral Studies at Cranmer Hall. She served as Diocesan Director of Ordinands also in Durham Diocese for 2 years and then nationally as part of the Springboard Team for 4 years.
On moving to the Diocese of Peterborough she served 5 years as an Adult Education Officer for the Diocese before moving to the North East in 2011, where she was priest-in-charge of Riding Mill in the Diocese of Newcastle and Diocesan Adviser for Spirituality and Spiritual Direction.
Alison is married to Bishop Frank White, now an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of York, previously Assistant Bishop of Newcastle and a former Bishop of Brixworth. They are the first married couple of two bishops in the Church of England.