The Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Revd Michael Perham, has today announced that the Venerable Martyn Snow, has been appointed as the new Bishop of Tewkesbury.
The role of the Bishop of Tewkesbury covers the whole of Gloucestershire and beyond. In practice, this means that he will act as the assistant bishop for Gloucestershire, working alongside Bishop Michael.
Martyn, aged 45 is currently the Archdeacon of Sheffield and Rotherham and will be ordained and consecrated as a bishop by the Archbishop of Canterbury on 25 September at Westminster Abbey. He will also have an official service of welcome in the Diocese on Saturday 12 October in Gloucester Cathedral.
Martyn has had a world view of Church life after being born and raised in Indonesia and working as a Vicar and youth chaplain in West Africa. His ministerial life back in the UK has been spent in Sheffield and Rotherham where he trained for his curacy, became a Vicar and an Area Dean before being appointed Archdeacon.
Martyn is married to Lynn, a paediatrician who specialises in adoption and fostering and they have three children aged 11, 10 and 8. The eldest is Roxanna followed by two boys Fraser and Wesley.
Martyn said of his appointment. “I'm hugely looking forward to getting to know the people and places of Gloucester Diocese. I will have much to learn both about the churches of the diocese and the customs and traditions of the area.
“I'm also looking forward to learning about what it means to be a bishop at a time of great change in the church. I am particularly interested in helping the church to engage confidently with the many issues faced by local communities and the wider society. I am convinced of the importance of partnership, both between churches and between the church and other voluntary, community and faith groups.”
Bishop Michael is delighted that Martyn accepted the invitation to come to Gloucestershire as Bishop of Tewkesbury, he said. “He will bring energy, a focus on mission and the perspective of a younger church leader to our life in the Diocese of Gloucester. We shall welcome Martyn and Lynn and their family and look forward to drawing them into our diocesan family."
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