New Bishop of Barking announced

Downing Street has announced that the Reverend Lynne Cullens will be the next Bishop of Barking, succeeding the Right Reverend Peter Hill, who retired earlier this year.

She is currently Rector of Stockport and Brinnington in the Diocese of Chester, where she has served since July 2019. She is also a trustee and the chair of the National Estate Churches Network.

In a message to churches in the Barking area, Lynne said: ”It has been the most delightful and humbling surprise to have been called to this role and to Chelmsford Diocese. I am very much looking forward to joining you and to meeting with and learning from people, communities and partners across the Barking area.”

The Right Reverend Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani, the Bishop of Chelmsford said: “I am delighted that the Reverend Lynne Cullens will be joining us in Chelmsford Diocese as the next Bishop of Barking. Lynne will bring a wealth of experience from parish ministry, from her previous career as a charity chief executive and from the work she has done for the Church nationally, particularly in the area of housing and estates evangelism.”

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