Doctor Martin Warner named as the new Bishop of Chichester

Downing Street announced this morning that the next Bishop of Chichester will be the Right Reverend Dr. Martin Warner, who is currently the Suffragon Bishop of Whitby in the York Diocese. He will be taking the place of The Right Reverend John Hind who retired in April.

Founded in 1070, the Diocese of Chichester includes the City of Brighton and Hove and covers the areas of both West and East Sussex. All together there is a population of around 1.5m in the included area, and more than 500 churches spread out throughout the region.

Bishop Warner stated that it is exciting and daunting to have been asked to be the Bishop of Chichester and he is looking forward to becoming familiar with the mission that the people will be working on with him in the area although it will be quite hard to leave the North East after so little time in the area.

Acting Bishop of Chichester, the Right Reverend Mark Sowerby stated that he is delighted to hear that Dr. Martin Warner will be taking over the position as he has known him for years and believes that he will bring clarity and a contagious energy to the area.

Dr. Warner completed his theological training in Oxford at St. Stephen’s House and previously studied at the Durham St. Chad’s College. In 1984 he was ordained as a deacon and then the following year as a priest at the Exeter Cathedral while he was employed as the Curate of St. Peter’s Plymouth.

In 1998 he went to the Midlands to take on the position of Team Vicar at the Parish of the Resurrection, Leicester. A few years later in 1993 he was elected to the position of the Walsingham Priest Administrator of the Shrine of Our Lady where he remained until 2002.

At the same time,, during the years of 1998 and 2000 he was also the lead priest in charge of Hempton and Pudding Norton in Norfolk. In addition, he also became the Honorary Canon of Norwich for two years in 2000.

From here he was then appointed to take on the position of residentiary Canon of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, eventually taking over as Treasurer where he helped contribute to the art world. In 2010 he was elected to the Diocese of York suffragan Bishop of Whitby position which he will now be leaving to take on his new position as Bishop of Chichester.