DOWNING Street has announced who will take over as the next Bishop of Chichester.
The Right Reverend Dr Martin Warner, currently Suffragan Bishop of Whitby in the Diocese of York, is to be the next bishop.
Dr Warner, 53, succeeds The Right Reverend John Hind, who retired last month.
The Diocese of Chichester was founded in 1070 and has more than 500 churches.
Bishop Warner said: ‘It is a daunting and exciting challenge to be asked to serve the people of Sussex as the next Bishop of Chichester.
‘I look forward very much to learning more about the mission in which we shall be engaging together, though it will be a big wrench leaving the north- east so soon.’
Welcoming the news on behalf of the Diocese of Chichester, The Right Revd Mark Sowerby, The Acting Bishop of Chichester, said: ‘I believe that he will lead us with the effervescent energy and clarity that has always been distinctive of his ministry and I very much look forward to working alongside him in the service of the Church and people of Sussex.’
Dr Warner studied at St Chad’s College in Durham before completing his theological training at St Stephen’s House, Oxford.
He has written five books and his hobbies include cycling.