New Bishop of Fulham announced
The next Bishop of Fulham will be the Rt Revd Jonathan Baker, Downing Street has announced today.
Bishop Jonathan, 46, is currently the Bishop of Ebbsfleet, a post he has held since his episcopal ordination in June 2012.
Bishop Jonathan grew up in Pinner in Middlesex, and as a boy attended the parish church of St Edmund the King, Northwood Hills, in the Willesden Episcopal Area of the Diocese of London.
He was ordained deacon in 1993 and priest in 1994 in the Diocese of Oxford, and served in parish ministry in that diocese from 1993 to 2002, including seven years as parish priest of the Holy Trinity, Reading and St Mark’s, Reading.
In 2003 he was appointed Principal of Pusey House in Oxford. Pusey House offers a pastoral ministry to students in the University of Oxford together with research and formational resources rooted in the revival of catholic teaching and practice within the Church of England known as the ‘tractarian’ or Oxford Movement.
The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, welcomed the announcement, saying:
"Jonathan Baker will be a great asset to the London team. He has already indicated his willingness to play the fullest possible part in the life of the whole Diocese as well as caring for the Fulham parishes in London, Southwark and Rochester.
"I am very grateful indeed for the way in which the Bishop of Edmonton has cared for the Fulham parishes ever since John Broadhurst’s retirement. There will be a formal handover of responsibility from Bishop Peter to Bishop Jonathan on Ash Wednesday, 13 February 2013."
Bishop Jonathan said:
"I am thrilled to have been offered this opportunity to join in leading the mission of the Church in London. While it will be an enormous wrench to leave the parishes and people who have looked to me as Bishop as Ebbsfleet, I am greatly looking forward to this new opportunity. The Diocese of London is vibrant and thriving, and it will be exciting to be part of the next phase of its life and mission. As a ‘north London boy’ there is a sense of homecoming which confirms this as the right next step in my own Christian pilgrimage and calling."