Former St Luke's Vicar to be Bishop of Beverley

Glyn WebsterThe Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, announced on Wednesday that the Revd Canon Glyn Webster, who was Vicar of St Luke's from 1981 to 1992, is to be the next Bishop of Beverley.

The Bishop of Beverley is a Suffragan Bishop in the Province of York. The Bishop’s role is that of a Provincial Episcopal Visitor, assisting in the pastoral care of those parishes that have petitioned for Extended Episcopal Care under the Act of Synod – the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood.

Glyn worked as a State Registered Nurse at the Royal Infirmary, Blackburn, before training for the ministry at Cranmer Hall, Durham.

After eleven years as Vicar of St Luke’s, and part-time Senior Chaplain of York District Hospital, he became the full-time Chaplain there. He served as Rural Dean of the Deanery of York for ten years. He was appointed as Canon Treasurer of York Minster in 2000, and has been Canon Chancellor there since 2003. He is currently the Acting Dean of York Minster.

Glyn Webster brings a wealth of experience of work in the Cathedral, the Diocese of York, the Province of York as Prolocutor of the Convocation of York since 2000, and in the national Church, where he has served on General Synod since 1995.  He is a member of the Crown Nominations Commission and serves on the Archbishops’ Council. He is also a Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen.

Speaking about his new appointment, Glyn said, "I am honoured and humbled to have been approached to take on this role as a Suffragan Bishop of Beverley at this very crucial time in the church. I am passionately committed to the unity of the whole life of the Church of England; never wanting to encourage people to operate as a church within a church.

"It’s really important to our future life together if we are going to make any impact on this nation of ours with the gospel of Christ that we remain together. I hope to make my contribution in this new role and I look forward to serving with the Archbishop."

Glyn's consecration by the Archbishop will take place at York Minster on Friday 25th January 2013.

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