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Wilts Archdeacon to be New Bishop of Taunton

by Gerry Lynch last modified 30 Jun, 2015 10:07 AM

Ruth Worsley will take up exciting new ministry in Somerset

The Ven Ruth Worsley, Archdeacon of Wilts, is to be the next Bishop of Taunton in the Diocese of Bath and Wells.

Ruth has been Archdeacon of Wilts for 2 ½ years, covering an area including Devizes, Marlborough, Calne, Trowbridge and Pewsey. In this role, she has been responsible for supporting parishes and clergy on the ground, and acting as a link between them and the bishops. She has developed a reputation as a proactive and pastorally caring Archdeacon. 

Bishop Nicholas said, “The delight that will be felt at Ruth’s appointment is tempered by our sense of loss. She has made a great contribution in a relatively short time in this Diocese. She goes to Taunton with an unusual breadth and depth of experience and with much to offer the Diocese of Bath and Wells and the Church of England. She goes with our thanks and our blessing.” 

Canon Jane Charman, the Diocese’s Director of Ministry, added, “Ruth’s appointment as Bishop of Taunton follows quickly on that of Sarah Mullally as Bishop of Crediton. The Diocese of Salisbury has a reputation for encouraging and developing the ministry of ordained women so we are delighted that two of our women priests have been called to be bishops in the first year. 

“Dean June Osborne, who for a generation has been one of the C of E’s leading women, has played a significant part in making this possible by her encouragement of others for ministry, including the ministry of a bishop.” 

Speaking in advance of today’s announcement, Ruth said, “I am surprised and amused to be chosen as the next Bishop of Taunton as I grew up in a non-conformist church where women held no roles of leadership. I am delighted to be heading to Somerset to join the diocesan team in this wonderful part of the world, moving ‘next door’ as it were. It will be a great privilege to meet and serve everyone who lives and works in the county. 

“In a diocese with such a mix of rural and more urban parishes, each I’m sure with its own distinct personality, I’m really keen to experience how our churches and the diocese are meeting those different needs. And how we can engage in the process of transformation, one which changes lives, both our own and others, and then influences the way in which we are ‘Church’ and brings about a renewed sense of community.”

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