Bishop Sarah to be next Bishop of London
The next Bishop of London is to be the Rt Rev Sarah Mullally DBE, currently Bishop of Crediton, 10 Downing Street has announced today. Bishop Sarah will succeed the Rt Rev and Right Hon Richard Chartres KCVO, who retired as Bishop of London earlier this year.
Bishop Sarah said she was honoured to be nominated to the post, though she was sad to leave Devon after just two and half years as Bishop of Crediton, where she looks after clergy and congregations in the north and east of the county.
She said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to serve in London, a place where I lived and worked for 32 years. My only regret is that my time in Devon has been so short, yet I have learned so much during the past two and a half years, particularly from the farming community whose resilience and sense of calling to their own work has been inspirational. Despite the challenges of isolation, historic buildings and remote rural communities, Christians in Devon are doing so much to reach and out and serve their communities. Through their service, the church is growing again and there is much to be hopeful about. I will take this sense of hope and of service with me into my new role.”
The Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Revd Robert Atwell, said: “I am delighted for Bishop Sarah and for London, though I am desperately sorry to lose her. During her two years in Devon, Sarah has made a huge impact on churches and communities, and transformed so much of the way the Diocese works. Her focus on safeguarding and pastoral care, and the way she has built good relationships across all the traditions of the church will stand her in good stead as she moves to London. She will make an excellent diocesan Bishop and I know that God will use her energy and gifts to great effect in our capital city.”
She will be installed as the 133rd Bishop of London at St Paul’s Cathedral later in the new year.
Married to Eamonn and with two children, Bishop Sarah was a senior civil servant in the Department of Health before ordination. A trained nurse, she became Chief Nursing Officer for England in 1999, the youngest person to be appointed to the post. She was ordained in 2001 and served her curacy in St Saviour’s Battersea Fields, initially as a self-supporting minister, before leaving her Government post in 2004, subsequently taking up full-time ministry in the London Borough of Sutton.
Bishop Sarah was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2005 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to nursing and midwifery. In 2012 she was installed as Canon Treasurer at Salisbury Cathedral, before becoming Bishop of Crediton in the Diocese of Exeter in 2015. She is also a member of the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Steering Group.