New bishop of Barking ordained at St Paul's cathedral will serve Epping, Waltham Forest and Redbridge

New bishop consecrated at cathedral

L-R, Peter Hill bishop of Barking, David Court bishop of Grimsby, Justin Welby archbishop of Canterbury and Roger Morris bishop of Colchester

The ceremony at St Paul's cathedral.

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A new bishop for the region has been ordained in a ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Peter Hill, 64, is now bishop of Barking, an area that covers Epping Forest, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, following the ceremony on Friday.

Originally from Swansea, Mr Hill had been Archdeacon of Nottingham since 2006.

Bishop Hill is married to Ellen, who taught children with severe and profound learning difficulties in Mansfield, and the couple have two grown up children and two grandsons.

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, said: "Bishops are called to serve and care for the flock of Christ. Mindful of the Good Shepherd, who laid down his life for his sheep, they are to love and pray for those committed to their charge, knowing their people and being known by them.

“As principal ministers of word and sacrament, stewards of the mysteries of God, they are to preside at the Lord ’s Table and to lead the offering of prayer and praise."

The Queen approved the nomination of Peter Hill on May 2 following the resignation of David John Leader Hawkins on 30 March.

His interests include pilgrimage, rock music, football and rugby.

Bishop Hill said: “My first task in September is to get to know as many leaders and community leaders of all faiths as soon as possible.

“I am looking forward to seeing lives and communities transformed by the good news of Jesus and the common good.

"I am an urban guy and I’m used to the urban environment of Nottingham and Swansea. I actively look forward to engaging with each community.

“My primary concern is I want to see churches grow. I want people to come back in numbers to the Anglican Church and those already here to deepen their faith.

“I will do this by teaching the bible as a two-fold mission. Firstly, evangelism  - the pointing of people to Jesus, secondly, through encouraging communities and engaging with neighbourhoods."

“I want the church to attract others and to be attractive.”

Mr Hill will start his ministry as bishop on September 7 at Chelmsford cathedral.

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