New bishop appointed for Calderdale and Kirklees
A new Anglican bishop has been appointed to oversee Calderdale and Kirklees area as part of the newly created Diocese of West Yorkshire and The Dales. The Rev Dr Jonathan Gibbs, currently Rector of Heswall in the Diocese of Chester, was named the Bishop of Huddersfield at a ceremony at Halifax Minster.
The Rev Dr Gibbs said: “It’s very exciting - it’s a huge privilege to be invited into this role.
“Firstly, I’m here as a bishop for the Church - I want to build up the life of the Church.
“I want to see what the Church can do to reach out imaginatively to younger people in new ways that might or might not be in a church building or on a Sunday morning.
“I’m here for the wider community which means I’ll be working with other faith communities - interfaith dialogue is incredibly important.”
The Diocese of West Yorkshire and The Dales was formed in April and is a merger of the Diocese of Bradford, Leeds, Ripon and Wakefield and forms the largest diocese in England.
The new Bishop of Huddersfield added: “The Church of England is doing something new with the three diocese becoming the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.
“Part of that is the change
“I want to see what the Church can do to reach out...”
to five areas - so I’m the area Bishop of Huddersfield for the area of Calderdale and Kirklees.
“We hope that will mean a sense of support for local churches in terms of them having their own bishop, but also that it will facilitate cooperation with the wider civic community.”
The bishop will be moving to the area with his wife Toni and is looking forward to getting to know his community.
He said: “My wife and I are looking forward to moving in to this wonderful area - it’s going to give us the opportunity to get to know some fantastic new places and we look forward to learning from others locally and getting to know the community hopefully for many years to come.”
JONATHAN GIBBS has been appointed as the new Bishop of Huddersfield and will oversee Calderdale and Kirklees.