Monday 21 May 2007

Queen approves new bishop

21 May 2007

The Queen has approved the nomination of The Right Reverend William Nigel Stock BA, DipTh, for election as Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich in succession to The Right Reverend John Hubert Richard Lewis AKC who resigns on 31 July 2007.

Notes for editors

The Right Reverend Nigel Stock, 57, was educated at Durham University and trained for the ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. He served his first curacy at Stockton St Peter, Durham diocese from 1976 to 1979. 

From 1979 to 1984 he was Priest-in-Charge of St Peter’s, Taraka, Aipo Rongo diocese, Papua New Guinea.  He was Vicar of Shiremoor St Mark, Newcastle diocese from 1985 to 1991.  From 1991 to 1998 he was Team Rector of North Shields and also Rural Dean of Tynemouth from 1992 to 1998.  He was an Honorary Canon of Newcastle Cathedral from 1997 to 1998.

From 1998 to 2000 he was a Canon Residentiary of Durham Cathedral and also Chaplain of Grey College Durham from 1999 to 2000.  He has been Suffragan Bishop of Stockport, Chester diocese since 2000.  He has been a Commissary for the Archbishop of Papua New Guinea since 1986.

He is married to Carolyne and they have three sons.  His interests include the arts, history, walking, photography and travel.


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