Diocese of Manchester

    Sarah Bullock to be Bishop of Shrewsbury

    The new Bishop of Shrewsbury will be The Venerable Sarah Bullock, who grew up in Whalley Range and is the first woman ordained in Manchester to be made a bishop.

    Sarah Bullock, who is currently serving as Archdeacon of York, will be the first woman to serve as a bishop in the Diocese of Lichfield. Her particular responsibility will be the pastoral oversight of churches, ministers and communities in the towns and villages of North Shropshire, including Shrewsbury, and the northern part of Telford.

    Sarah (55) trained for ministry at Cranmer Hall, University of Durham. She was ordained 26 years ago after a short career in teaching and children’s and youth work in the Diocese of Manchester.

    Sarah served her curacy at St Paul, Kersal Moor and was ordained priest in 1994. She was appointed Priest-in-Charge of St Edmund, Whalley Range in 1998 and later additionally became Priest-in-Charge of St James with St Clement, Moss Side in 1999. Her father had previously been vicar of St James with St Clement and Sarah grew up there as a child.

    Sarah held a range of diocesan roles including Bishop’s Adviser for Women’s Ministry and Borough Dean for the City and Borough of Manchester. She was made an Honorary Canon of Manchester Cathedral in 2007.

    In 2013 Sarah was appointed Archdeacon of York, a largely rural area which includes market towns, the deep rural communities of the Vale of York and the edges of the Yorkshire Wolds as well as the City of York. Building relationships in the rural communities has been a vital part of supporting and encouraging the churches and she has worked creatively with colleagues to develop new approaches to mission and ministry in such communities. While Archdeacon she has also learned to drive a tractor, operated a milking parlour, led a Carol Service in a cowshed at Askham Bryan (Agricultural) College and ridden a racehorse!

    She said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been invited to become the Bishop of Shrewsbury. I’m looking forward to really getting to know the communities of this area and those who live, work and worship here.

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