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Changes at the top!

The Methodist Church has chosen Rev Gareth Powell to succeed Rev Martyn Atkins in September 2015, as Secretary of Conference. The appointment is subject to ratification by the Conference of 2015.

Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Marcus Stock to be the new Roman Catholic Bishop of Leeds, in succession to Archbishop Arthur Roche, who has moved to a post in Rome.

The new Anglican Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales is now in operation, under the charge of Rt Rev Nick Baines, who is also Bishop of Leeds. He is supported by four other ‘area bishops’ who are as follows:-
  • Bishop of Bradford: Toby Howarth.
  • Bishop of Wakefield: Tony Robinson.
  • Bishop of Huddersfield: Jonathan Gibbs.
  • Bishop of Ripon: James Bell.

Bishops Toby and Jonathan were consecrated at York Minster on 17 October by the Archbishop of York.

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