St Mellitus’ Dean Andy Emerton announced as next Bishop of Sherwood
It has been announced this morning from 10 Downing Street that Revd Dr Andrew Emerton, Dean of St Mellitus College, has been appointed as the next Bishop of Sherwood in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.
Andy has been involved with St Mellitus College since its earliest days, joining the staff team as Assistant Dean in 2008 and becoming Dean in 2015. St Mellitus College is one of the largest of the Church of England’s theological training institutions with a growing reputation for innovative and pioneering approaches to training.
As Suffragan Bishop, Andy will support the Diocesan Bishop, the Right Reverend Paul Williams, in overseeing the mission and ministry of the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.
Revd Dr Andrew Emerton (Dean):
“It is a huge privilege to be called to serve as a bishop in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. It will be a delight to work with Bishop Paul and the clergy and lay leaders of the diocese to contribute to the vision for Growing Disciples and to help build confidence in the gospel of Jesus Christ across a diverse range of churches and local communities. I am excited and hopeful about this next stage of ministry.”
Bishop Paul Williams (Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham):
“I am delighted that Andy Emerton will be joining us to serve alongside dedicated clergy and congregations making the good news of Jesus known in every community around the Diocese. Across our 300+ churches and 75 church schools we are hopeful and confident that as we work with other churches and partners we can continue to make a bigger difference for the benefit of all who live and work in our great county and city of Nottingham. Andy will bring with him considerable experience from 12 years supporting the nurture and development of hundreds of future clergy and other leaders whose early years of training is undertaken in the context of a local church. I know he will receive a very warm welcome to the East Midlands where he will find there is a creative and dynamic culture bringing growth and new opportunity to an exciting and expanding region of the country.”
Dr Jane Williams and Revd Dr Lincoln Harvey (Assistant-Deans of St Mellitus College):
“Andy has led St Mellitus College through a season of extraordinary growth and flourishing. His personal and strategic skills have been key to the college’s successful partnership with dioceses across the country. He will be very much missed, but we rejoice at what he will bring to the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham and the wider Church of England”
St Mellitus College was formed in 2007 by the Bishops of London and Chelmsford, in partnership with St Paul’s Theological Centre (Holy Trinity Brompton). Now a national College with five centres across the UK – London, Chelmsford, the North West (Liverpool), the South West (Plymouth), and the East Midlands (Nottingham), it seeks to provide vibrant, innovative, and rigorous theological education and missional leadership training. The College currently has 750 students accessing its various programmes, including over 300 who are undertaking ordination training from 33 dioceses across the country.
Bishop Sarah Mullally (Bishop of London and Co-Chair of St Mellitus College):
“Through Andy’s time at St Mellitus, the College has delivered so much to the life and ministry of the Church in London. Now, of course, St Mellitus’ work is felt daily right across the Church of England, and that is in no small part a testament to Andy’s drive, energy and vision. While he will be greatly missed, especially in West London, I look forward to continuing my partnership with Andy amongst the Bishops.”
Revd Nicky Gumbel (Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton and Co-Chair of St Mellitus College):
“Andy Emerton has done an outstanding job as Dean of St Mellitus College. His leadership and organisational skills are complemented by his godly character, graciousness and wisdom. He will make a superb bishop.”
Bishop Stephen Cottrell (Bishop of Chelmsford, and Co-Chair of St Mellitus College):
“I hugely welcome Andy Emerton‘s appointment as the next Bishop of Sherwood in the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. During his time as Dean of St Mellitus College, he has overseen its growth and development offering training for ministry across the spectrum of church traditions in the Church of England and pioneering new ways of context-based training. As well as a pastor, theologian and pioneer, Andy is also a creative manager who is able to oversee the challenges and complexities of change. This is a rare combination of gifts. It will serve him well in episcopal ministry.”
Andy was educated at York University, and Queen’s College, Oxford and has a background in scientific consultancy and youth ministry prior to training for ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He served his title at Holy Trinity Brompton in the Diocese of London and was ordained Priest in 2006.
Alongside his role at St Mellitus College, Andy exercises his priestly ministry within his local church congregation as part of the leadership at St Jude’s Courtfield Gardens, one of the HTB family of congregations which has grown from an initial core group of 40 at the launch in 2012 to approximately 250 currently. He is married to Liz, who is Assistant-Head with responsibility for safeguarding at Kensington Park School London, and they have three school age children.
Andy will succeed the Right Reverend Anthony Porter BA MA who is due to retire on 22nd March 2020. He will be consecrated as bishop by the Archbishop of York on Ascension Day 21st May 2020 in York Minster. He will continue to serve St Mellitus College until the end of the academic year while also preparing to engage in the life and ministry of the diocese from July, prior to the family moving to Nottinghamshire over the summer.