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Newark: New Bishop of Sherwood the Right Rev Andrew Emerton has focus on developing young leaders and serving in deprived communities

The new Bishop of Sherwood intends to focus on developing young leaders and serving in deprived communities.

The Right Rev Andrew Emerton took up his role after a special online licensing by the the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, the Right Rev Paul Williams.

The Bishop of Sherwood, the Right Rev Andy Emerton. (37943631)
The Bishop of Sherwood, the Right Rev Andy Emerton. (37943631)

He then introduced himself to the diocese via a Facebook Live event.

Bishop Andrew will be a suffragan Bishop, appointed to help the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham.

“I’m really excited at having the opportunity to serve right across Nottinghamshire in all its diversity,” he said.

“I am passionate about developing leaders who are able to offer healthy and effective leadership for the long haul, making a real difference on the ground to the communities they serve, whether within or outside the church.”

As well as getting to know the region he said he was looking forward to enjoying the area’s rich sporting heritage.

“I love sport, especially playing tennis and golf and watching anything involving a ball,” he said.

“I’m particularly looking forward to visiting Trent Bridge and the Nottingham football grounds, although as a Liverpool fan I’m not sure what kind of reception I can expect.”

Ordained as a priest in 2006, he has ministered among and served communities in Glasgow, Guildford and, most recently, in London as Dean of St Mellitus College.

He succeeds the Right Rev Tony Porter, who retired in March, as Bishop of Sherwood.

Bishop Andrew is married to Liz, who is assistant head with responsibility for safeguarding at a school in London, and they have two sons aged 14 and 12 and a daughter aged ten.

He has a brother already living near Southwell and will move his own family to Nottinghamshire over the summer.

Bishop Paul said: “I am delighted that Andy Emerton has followed God’s call us to serve alongside the dedicated clergy and congregations of this diocese in making the good news of Jesus known in every community.

“While living through a deeply challenging time for our country through the pandemic, we remain hopeful and confident that as we work with other churches and partners we can continue to make a bigger difference for the benefit of all who live and work in our great county and city of Nottingham.”

The new bishop is looking forward to the challenges that await him, particularly as the country emerges from lockdown.

He said: “Despite significant challenges, clergy, lay leaders and Christians across the country have been working incredibly hard to reach out in practical ways to their neighbours and local communities, as well as re-imagining what church looks like in the online space.

“As we begin to emerge from lockdown, I’m keen to get involved and support the work that is being done to share the love of Christ in this region and beyond.

“I will have particular responsibility for overseeing the discipleship and ministry team. This will include vocations work ­— seeking to help people to discern what God is calling them to and how they can use their particular gifts and passions to serve their communities, workplaces and the church,” he said.

“It also involves raising up younger leaders, supporting, training and looking after the wellbeing of our clergy, lay leaders and their families working faithfully across a diverse range of contexts, city, rural and post-industrial. I will seek to encourage evangelism, discipleship and mission: including church planting, new worshipping communities and innovative engagement with approaches to church.

“I will also hope to be involved with other local faith leaders, civic leaders and others who are working to see the region thrive and local residents flourish.”

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