Rector of Wimborne to be next Bishop of Brixworth

by Michael Ford last modified 07 Mar, 2011 04:42 PM

The Bishop of Peterborough, Donald Allister, announced on Friday that Her Majesty the Queen has approved the nomination of Canon John Holbrook, Rector of Wimborne, to be the next Bishop of Brixworth.

Rector of Wimborne to be next Bishop of Brixworth

Canon John Holbrook, Bishop-Designate of Brixworth

The Bishop of Brixworth serves as suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Peterborough, assisting the Bishop of Peterborough. The Diocese covers Peterborough,  Rutland and Northamptonshire.

Canon Holbrook will spend a few weeks more in the Diocese of Salisbury before beginning preparation for his consecration as a bishop in June.

Aged 48, John Holbrook grew up in Bristol and was educated at Bristol Cathedral School , and studied Theology at St Peter’s College Oxford. He trained for the ordained ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge.

Ordained in 1986, Canon Holbrook served as assistant curate at St Mary Barnes in the Diocese of Southwark until 1989 and Bletchley in the Diocese of Oxford until 1993. He was Vicar of Adderbury until 2002, also serving as Rural Dean of Deddington from 2000.

Canon Holbrook moved to the Diocese of Salisbury in 2002 to be Rector of Wimborne, whose Minster was founded in 705AD. He also served as Priest-in-Charge of  the neighbouring parishes of Witchampton, Stanbridge, Long Crichel, Horton, Chalbury, Hinton Martel and Holt St James. In addition he was Chaplain to the South and East Dorset Primary Care Trust from 2002, and became Rural Dean of Wimborne in 2004. In 2006 he was made a Canon of Salisbury Cathedral.

Within the Diocese of Salisbury he has served on the Bishop’s Council, and nationally he represented the Diocese on the Diocesan Missioners’ Network.

The new Bishop is married to Elizabeth, an accountant. They have two children aged 18 and 16. His interests include football (he is a lifelong supporter of Bristol City), swimming, sailing and the Middle East (he was a chaplain’s assistant in Jordan).

Canon Holbrook will be consecrated Bishop of Brixworth by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, in Westminster Abbey, on Ascension Day, Thursday 2 June at 11am. There will be a service of welcome in Peterborough Cathedral on Wednesday 29 June at a time yet to be decided.

Canon Holbrook said today, ‘I have absolutely loved my time at Wimborne and in the Salisbury Diocese, and I’m so grateful for all the different opportunities to share ministry that have been given to me.  We move to Peterborough with great excitement, but also sadness as we say goodbye to many good friends.’  

Dr Graham Kings, Bishop of Sherborne, added, ‘John is a leader in mission in depth and breadth. He reads widely, acts strategically and delights in God. His wisdom will be greatly missed in Salisbury and enjoyed in Peterborough.’

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Further information please contact:
The Revd Jonathan Ball, Chaplain to the Bishop of Salisbury
Telephone: 01722 334031/07500 872081
bishops.chaplain@salisbury.anglican.org 

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