New Bishop of Sherwood
Press release for Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham
12 July 2020. The Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham welcomed the new Bishop of Sherwood (designate), the Revd Dr Andrew Emerton in a special, online licensing as he returns to the Midlands to take up his role, having started life in Leicester and Stafford.
Ordained as a Priest in the Church of England (CoE) in 2006, he has ministered among and served communities in Glasgow, Guildford and most recently in London as Dean of St Mellitus College. In Nottinghamshire, he is particularly looking forward to raising up and supporting leaders and serving deprived communities across the diocese.
Bishop of Sherwood (designate), Revd Dr Andrew Emerton shared: “I’m really excited at having the opportunity to serve right across Nottinghamshire in all its diversity.
“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”
He will be a suffragan Bishop, appointed to help the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, the Right Revd Paul Williams, who will lead the licensing online in front of local Clergy and Lay people. Andy will then introduce himself to the Diocese, which serves a population of 1.1m across 320 churches and 75 church schools, via a Facebook Live event.
He is married to Liz, who is Assistant-Head with responsibility for safeguarding at a school in London, and they have three school age children, sons aged 14 and 12 and a daughter aged 10. He has a brother already living near Southwell and will move his own family to Notts over the summer.
As well as getting to know the region he says he is looking forward to enjoying the area’s rich sporting heritage: “I love sport, especially playing tennis and golf and watching anything involving a ball. 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!”
The title of the Bishop of Sherwood takes its name after the Royal Forest of Sherwood in Nottinghamshire and was established in 1965. Andy Emerton succeeds the Right Reverend Anthony Porter BA MA who retired on 22nd March 2020.
Statement from Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, Right Revd Paul Williams
“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.
Andy will bring with him considerable experience from 12 years supporting the nurture and development of hundreds of future clergy and other leaders. I know he will receive a very warm welcome to the East Midlands where he will find there is a creative and dynamic culture bringing growth and new opportunity to an exciting and expanding region of the country.”
Revd Dr Andrew Emerton writes:
“I’m really excited to be beginning my ministry in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham as Bishop-Designate. I’m looking forward to getting to know people and having the opportunity to serve right across Nottinghamshire in all its diversity. This is a unique season in the life of the Church and it’s a privilege for me to be supporting +Paul in his leadership of the diocese at this time. 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 reimagining 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”
About Andy Emerton
Andy was educated at York University, and Queen’s College, Oxford and has a background in scientific consultancy and youth ministry prior to training for ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He served his title at Holy Trinity Brompton in the Diocese of London and was ordained Priest in 2006.
Prior to his appointment as Bishop of Sherwood (designate) Andy has been part of the leadership of St Mellitus College for the last 12 years, serving as Dean since 2015. He is married to Liz, who is Assistant-Head with responsibility for safeguarding at Kensington Park School London, and they have three school-age children.
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