The Rev Dr Rob Munro was named as the new Bishop of Ebbsfleet in December 2022.
Downing Street announced that the next Bishop of Ebbsfleet would be the Rev Dr Rob Munro, previously 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 was the Rector of Cheadle for 19 years. He has also served on General Synod, was a member of the Dioceses’ Commission, chaired 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. He was consecrated in Canterbury Cathedral on February 2nd 2023.
Please give thanks to God for this appointment and pray for Rob (and his wife, Sarah) in this new role. Do please also remember in your prayers the church family in Cheadle.
Rob continues the ministry established by the 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. Further information on the Bishop of Ebbsfleet can be found here. Under changes announced in June 2022, the role of the Bishop of Ebbsfleet is the successor to the former Bishop of Maidstone. 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.
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.
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.