Rod Thomas announced Bishop of Maidstone
The Queen has approved the nomination of the Reverend Prebendary Roderick Thomas, Vicar of Elburton in Plymouth, to the Suffragan See of Maidstone, in the Diocese of Canterbury.
He will succeed the Right Reverend Graham Cray, who left in 2009. The See has been vacant since then. In December 2014, the Dioceses Commission agreed to a proposal from the Archbishops to fill the See in order to provide a bishop who takes the conservative evangelical view on male headship.
Rod has been head of Reform, a network for conservative evangelicals, since 2007. He has been a member of the General Synod since 2000 and a Prebendary at Exeter Cathedral since 2012.
He said: “It is a great privilege to be asked to be a Bishop in the Church of England and I am very much looking forward to my new role as Bishop of Maidstone. I have two prayers. The first is that God will use me to help promote the Gospel of our Lord Jesus and to foster growth in local congregations. The second is that God will bless the Diocese of Exeter as it seeks to meet the challenges of the future. I shall be sad to leave the Diocese where, together with my wife and family, we have been so happy and I have so much enjoyed my ministry.”
The Bishop of Exeter, Rt Revd Robert Atwell, said: “I am delighted that Rod Thomas is to be the bishop of Maidstone, a post which honours the House of Bishop’s commitment to its five guiding principles for mutual flourishing following the ordination of women to the episcopate. Rod is a faithful parish priest of national stature who leaves here with our love and prayers for his new responsibilities.”