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New Bishop of Stafford appointed
The Very Reverend Gordon Mursell
A service will be held in July to welcome Mr Mursell
The Very Reverend Gordon Mursell has been appointed the new Bishop of Stafford, it has been announced.

The 56-year-old, who was born in Guildford, Surrey, is currently the Dean of Birmingham Cathedral, a post he has held for six years.

He will take up his new role in the summer after he is consecrated as a bishop in London on 8 June.

Mr Mursell succeeds the Right Reverend Christopher Hill who became the Diocesan Bishop of Guildford last year.

People 'rejoice'

Mr Mursell, who is married, said he was approaching his new post with "a fair degree of trepidation, but also with a real sense of anticipation".

He served as curate of Walton in the Diocese of Liverpool before moving to London as vicar of St John's Church in East Dulwich in 1977.

Nine years later he became a tutor at Sarum Theological College in Salisbury before moving to Stafford as rector of St Mary's Church in 1991.

He remained in Stafford for eight years before he was appointed Provost, and then Dean of Birmingham Cathedral.

The Bishop for Birmingham, the Right Reverend Dr John Sentamu, welcomed the appointment of his Dean as the new Bishop of Stafford.

"I am very sorry that Gordon is leaving Birmingham but I am sure that the people of Staffordshire will greatly rejoice at his return," Dr Sentamu said.

A service will be held to welcome Mr Mursell into his new role on Saturday 23 July.

The Bishop of Stafford is one of three area bishops in the Diocese of Lichfield. The others are in Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury.

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