The Rt Revd Ric Thorpe has been Bishop of Islington since September 2015.
Before being appointed to Islington, Bishop Ric was the Bishop of London’s Adviser for Church Planting and Rector of St Paul’s Shadwell.
The role of Bishop of Islington – a revived post that had been vacant since 1923 – is to support London’s Church growth strategy as part of Capital Vision 2020, which sets a target of creating 100 new worshipping communities within the Diocese by 2020. As such, Bishop Ric is free from territorial responsibilities and focuses on supporting newly established worshipping communities both within London and at a national level, serving as a resource for the whole Church of England.
Bishop Ric also contributes to the School of Church Growth in association with the staff of St Mellitus theological college, both in London and at its hub in Liverpool.
At the time of his consecration at St Paul’s Cathedral, Bishop Ric commented:
“It’s a huge privilege to be part of a great team in this diverse city and to focus on starting new churches in a variety of contexts. There are so many opportunities and we want to do all we can to help churches reach new communities with the good news of Jesus Christ.”