Bishop sees chance of country living

Meet the new Bishop of Lincoln&The Venerable Christopher Lowson. NA
Meet the new Bishop of Lincoln&The Venerable Christopher Lowson. NA

THE COUNTY’S next bishop has been officially announced as the Venerable Christopher Lowson.

He will take up his position as the 72nd bishop of England’s largest diocese in the coming months and says he and his wife Susan are looking forward to being “much closer to the countryside”.

“It was a great honour to be invited to be Bishop of Lincoln, and my immediate instinct was to accept,” said Christopher.

“It is daunting to be part of a great tradition of people who have all left their legacy in the diocese, and I pray that I can live up to this great challenge.

“We’re very much looking forward to moving to Lincoln, exploring the wonderful diversity in the diocese, and to leading God’s work here.

“Being a bishop is about supporting and encouraging the clergy and laity of the diocese at the grass-roots. It’s about mobilising the people of the Christian community to engage with the life of the world in order together to uncover and build God’s Kingdom.

“Christians need to work together with all people of good will – of faith and no faith, in the public, private and voluntary sectors – to serve the common good and to build a community in which all people can flourish and grow into the people God has made them to be.”

Born in 1953 in the County Durham steel town of Consett, he was ordained deacon in the diocese of Southwark in 1977 and priest in 1978.

Since February 2006, he has been Director of Ministry for the Church of England, where he has led a team responsible for developing policy and delivering support to those in lay and ordained ministry throughout the Church of England.

To relax, Christopher enjoys watching live sport and walking.