The Rev Dr Rob Munro named as the new Bishop of Ebbsfleet.

Downing Street has announced that the next Bishop of Ebbsfleet will be the Rev Dr Rob Munro, the Rector of Cheadle, Cheshire,

Rob trained for ministry at Oak Hill College, studied for his doctorate at Reformed Theological Seminary in the USA, and has been the Rector of Cheadle for 19 years. He has also served on General Synod, is a member of the Dioceses’ Commission, chairs the House of Clergy for Chester Diocese, is the Chair of the Fellowship of Word & Spirit, and is on the Councils of Latimer Trust and Church Society.

Rob has been appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury since the Bishop of Ebbsfleet is a suffragan of that diocese. An Advisory Group consisting both of conservative evangelicals and of the wider Church of England conducted short-listing and interview processes and made their recommendations to the Archbishop. It is expected that he will be consecrated in Canterbury Cathedral in early-February.

Please give thanks to God for this appointment and pray for Rob (and his wife, Sarah) as he prepares to take on this new role. Do please also remember in your prayers the church family in Cheadle.

Further detail and comments are available from the Downing Street press release here and Church of England press release here. The Bishop of Chester, Rt Rev Mark Tanner, welcomed his appointment here.

Rob will continue the ministry established by the recently retired Bishop of Maidstone, Rod Thomas, providing extended episcopal oversight to parishes which, on the grounds of complementarian evangelical theology, are unable to receive the priestly or episcopal ministry of women. Under changes announced in June, the Bishop of Maidstone’s successor is known as the Bishop of Ebbsfleet. Further guidance for conservative evangelical resolution parishes can be found on the Bishop of Maidstone website: https://bishopofmaidstone.org/. This information is current but has not been issued by the Bishop of Ebbsfleet. Meanwhile the role of the previous Bishop of Ebbsfleet – whose ministry was to traditional catholic parishes – has moved to become that of the Bishop of Oswestry in the Diocese of Lichfield.

Safeguarding Statement

The Bishop of Ebbsfleet is committed to the Church of England’s policy for safeguarding children, young people, those involved in domestic abuse, and vulnerable adults, but does not have responsibility for dealing with safeguarding queries arising in parishes or dioceses with which he works. These queries should be directed to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser in the diocese in which the concern arises.

If you need help or advice regarding queries which fall outside this arrangement, please contact the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Team: , 020 7898 1778

The Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding can be found on the Church of England’s website: https://www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding/promoting-safer-church-safeguarding.