Next Bishops of Birkenhead and Stockport announced
The appointment of the two suffragan bishop posts completes the new episcopal team for the Diocese of Chester after Bishop Mark Tanner’s appointment as the diocesan Bishop of Chester in May 2020.
Bishop Mark says: “I am delighted to welcome Julie and Sam to the Diocese of Chester and thank God for calling them to the roles and for all those people involved in the discernment process.
“Julie comes with significant experience as an Archdeacon and ordained minister but also brings with her many years of professional expertise in safeguarding. Her passion for justice and truth, and her joyful faith will be an asset and a blessing to us.
“Having led Leeds Minister since 2015, Sam has many gifts in building relationships and serving varied communities. His passion for sharing the good news of Christ with young people and enabling the Church to grow and serve will be a gift to us, as will his experience helping folk discern God’s call in their lives.
“On a personal note, I am very much looking forward to working alongside Julie and Sam. There is much to be thankful for in the Diocese of Chester and am excited to see all that God has in store for us as we serve this diocese, but more importantly what it is God has in store for all of us as we seek God’s will in our everyday lives.”