The Rt Revd John Gladwin retired in the summer
The selection of a new Anglican Bishop of Chelmsford to replace The Rt Revd John Gladwin, who retired in the summer, is underway.
He spent almost six years in the county leading the Church of England in Essex and East London.
Since his retirement The Bishop of Bradwell, Rt Revd Dr Laurie Green, is the Acting Diocesan Bishop.
The process of choosing a new Bishop is underway with a final decision about his successor due at Easter.
A meeting of the Crown Nominations Commission is being held on Wednesday, 9 December to consider the next step forward.
The Commission is made up of six members of the Chelmsford diocese, six people who have been elected nationally, two Archbishops and appointment secretaries.
So just what would people in the Chelmsford Diocese, the second largest in the country, like to see from their new Bishop?
Gordon Simmonds, Lay Deanery Chair of Rochford and member of the Crown Nominations Commission said: "The diocese is probably the most complex and diverse.
"We need someone to handle that and take a lead.
"Unusually Chelmsford doesn't have an automatic focus for all the people in the diocese.
"People in Canning Town don't naturally look to Chelmsford and people in Colchester probably don't.
"It's actually even more important that the bishop, in his role as a focus of unity, is actually that himself and in his personality," he added.
Gordon also believes that the successor should have "quite a lot of leadership experience and managerial experience as well as a good pastor."
"At the end of the day (he) needs to be our bishop and needs to be someone that Essex man will follow," said Gordon.
One of the names which has been mentioned as standing a chance is the Bishop of Reading, Stephen Cottrell who was educated at Belfairs High School in Leigh-on-Sea.
An announcement about the new Anglican Bishop of Chelmsford is expected some time after Easter and they will probably be in place by next autumn.