Rose Hudson-Wilkin to Become Church of England’s First Black Female Bishop

Rose Hudson-Wilkin has been appointed as the next Bishop of Dover, making her the Church of England’s first black female bishop when she takes up the position in November.

She succeeds the Rt Rev Trevor Willmott following his retirement last month.

Rev Hudson-Wilkin is highly regarded as the Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, a key pastoral role in Parliament that she has held for nearly a decade.

She will be consecrated in a service at St Paul’s Cathedral on 19 November and installed at Canterbury Cathedral on 30 November.

In addition to being Chaplain to the Speaker, Rev Hudson-Wilkin, who was born and raised in Jamaica, has served until now as Priest in Charge of St Mary-at-Hill, in London.

“I am excited to have been called to be the next bishop of Dover in the Diocese of Canterbury with its long history of Christian witness,” she said.

“I am looking forward to journeying with the people of Kent, celebrating the good work that is already happening there and working together with its religious and secular leaders to ensure that the good news of hope, love and justice remains at the heart of our changed lives together.”

Welcoming the appointment, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby said he was “delighted” she was moving into the new role as Bishop of Dover.

“Rose Hudson-Wilkin has, over the last nine years, been one of the most influential and effective ministers in the public square through her long service as Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons,” he said.

“I have constantly been told that she has been an effective pastor in one crisis or another, especially in the last few years.

“Before that she was a parish minister of great impact. She has been described as prophet, pastor and evangelist. She has challenged the Church of England over its engagement with UK minority ethnic groups, and has spoken forcefully and effectively at many evangelistic meetings.”

He added: “She will bring great energy and a profound commitment to collegial working, an outward looking approach to the mission of the church and a profound spiritual life. We pray for God’s blessing on her as she prepares to move.”

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Source: Christian Today