New Bishop of Southwark (England)

The next Bishop of Southwark is Christopher Chessun, currently Bishop of Woolwich:

Tenth Bishop of Southwark is announced

From the Diocese of Southwark’s webpage

Downing Street has announced this morning that The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun is to be the 10th Bishop of Southwark. He will succeed The Rt Revd Dr Tom Butler who retired in March. Consecrated Bishop in Southwark Cathedral on 21 April 2005, he is the Area Bishop of Woolwich, one of the three Episcopal Areas along with Kingston and Croydon in the Diocese of Southwark. He will be enthroned in Southwark Cathedral in the early part of 2011.

Bishop Christopher, 54, who is an identical twin, was also appointed as Bishop for Urban Life and Faith in May 2010. He will continue to hold this role as Bishop of Southwark.

Before becoming Bishop of Woolwich he was Archdeacon of Northolt, in the Diocese of London. Prior to this he was Rector of Stepney, St Dunstan and All Saints, in London Diocese and was Area Dean of Tower Hamlets from 1997-2001. He has also been Chaplain and Minor Canon at St Paul’s Cathedral and London Episcopal Area Vocations’ Adviser; Senior Curate at St Mary, Portsea, in the Diocese of Portsmouth, and served his title at St Michael and All Angels, Sandhurst in the Diocese of Oxford.

New bishop of Southwark named

From the UK Press Association (UKPA)

The post of Bishop of Southwark has been filled, it has been announced, after controversy over whether the job should go to an openly gay cleric.

The Queen has approved the nomination of the area bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Rev Christopher Chessun, 54, as the new Bishop of Southwark.

Mr Chessun, who is also Bishop for Urban Life and Faith, takes up the post following Dr Tom Butler’s retirement earlier this year.

The announcement comes after it was reported in July that the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC), the body responsible for selecting bishops, had blocked the Very Rev Jeffrey John’s name from going forward for approval as the new Bishop of Southwark.

And, the Suffragan Bishop of Croydon, Nick Baines blogs about the appointment HERE at his blog

It has been announced this morning that the new Bishop of Southwark is the current Bishop of Woolwich, Christopher Chessun. How on earth Christopher has lived with this for the last three months and continued to work as normal in the diocese beats me. Yet that in itself says something about the stature of the man.

I have worked with Christopher for the last five years and he has proved himself to be an able and respected bishop and leader. Committed to London and appointed Bishop for Urban Life and Faith, he understands the varied contexts in which the clergy and people of this diocese serve. He will bring to his new post a clear vision, a robust adherence to the faith and discipline of the Church, and an ability to take a fresh look at how and why we do things the way we do in Southwark.

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