consecration of Bish Jonathan Gibbs 17 10 14

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undefinedJonathan Gibbs formerly Rector of Heswall has been consecrated at York Minister as the first ever Bishop of Huddersfield. Jonathan is the Area Bishop of Huddersfield in the new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. He joins the episcopal team led by the Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds and diocesan bishop. Bishop Jonathan is PICTURED HERE with Bishop Nick after the consecration on Friday 17 October.

Also consecrated was Toby Howarth as the new Area Bishop of Bradford.

The Bishops of Chester and Birkenhead, our Archdeacons Michael and Ian, and Diocesan Secretary George Colville were among those from our diocese to attend the consecration service, which was conducted by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.

The address was given by Archbishop of Canterbury, based on the New Testament reading from Philippians Chapter 3  - “… I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ my Lord…”  Archbishop Justin added: “A bishop is not a senior manager in a convenient administrative unit for putting together an administration, payroll, and deployment of staff to suitable outlets. A bishop is above all a shepherd, carrying their cross and, like middle-eastern shepherds, leading the sheep.”

Looking back on his time in our diocese + Jonathan said: “Toni and I have thoroughly enjoyed our sixteen years in Heswall. It has been a great privilege to minister here and to share in the life of the diocese; we have made many friends and are most grateful for all the kindness we have been shown.”

The Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster, said: “Jonathan has made a major contribution to the life of the Diocese of Chester and to the parish of Heswall. The parish has a splendid new parish centre. As chair of the House of Clergy he has been a major influence upon diocesan policies. He is ideally placed to be the first Bishop of Huddersfield.”

Pictured above ... Bishop Jonathan with his family at the consecration – wife Toni, and three children Harriet (24), Edward (21) and Thomas (18)

Below ... the presentation of Toby Howarth and Jonathan Gibbs at the consecration,  and in the background Bishop Peter and the former Archdeacon of Chester (now Bishop of Peterborough) Donald Allister