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New bishop is appointed for town
The Reverend Dr Lee Rayfield
The Revd Dr Rayfield takes up his new appointment in the summer
The Reverend Dr Lee Rayfield has been appointed the new Bishop of Swindon.

Dr Rayfield is currently vicar of St Peter with St Mark's parish of Furze Platt and Area Dean of Maidenhead and Windsor, in Berkshire.

The 49-year-old will take up his new post in the summer, following his consecration by the Archbishop of Canterbury on Wednesday, 8 June.

Dr Rayfield studied theology at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, in 1991, after being educated at a comprehensive school.

He attended Thomas Bennett Comprehensive School, Tilgate, Crawley College of Technology, Southampton University and London University's St Mary's Hospital Medical School.

Dr Rayfield and his wife, Liz, who works as a learning assistant, have two sons and a daughter, ranging in age from 14 to 21.

He said: "I am concerned about the growing gap between inherited forms of church and our contemporary culture.

"I want to help people of all ages, backgrounds and temperaments to find a living faith in Christ and to build churches which encourage this."

Dr Rayfield succeeds The Right Reverend Michael Doe, following his move last year.

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