Sarum College Principal James Woodward has welcomed the appointment of the new Bishop of Salisbury, announced on 13 January.
“On behalf of the whole community of Sarum College I am delighted to offer the warmest of best wishes to Dean Stephen Lake following the announcement of his appointment to the Bishopric of Salisbury,” he said. ‘We look forward to welcoming Stephen and his family as neighbours in Salisbury Cathedral Close, and as a foundation trustee of the College.’
‘Our partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury is a key one and we look forward to strengthening and developing our shared commitment to generative theological thinking and reflective spiritual practice as elements of resourcing the life of Christian witness and action across Wiltshire and Dorset.
‘We shall continue to support the formation of women and men for authorised ministry and the continuing ministerial development of clergy and lay leaders. These are exciting times to seize new opportunities for empowered and enabling learning.’
On arrival, Stephen will be the 79th Bishop of Salisbury. The first Bishop of Salisbury was St Osmund, appointed in 1078, when the dioceses of Sherborne and Ramsbury were merged. When the process of linking the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey is complete, Dean Stephen will also be Bishop for the Channel Islands.