Bishop of Huntingdon appointed as interim bishop for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich

Rt Rev David Thomson

Rt Rev David Thomson - Credit: Archant

THE Bishop of Huntingdon, the Rt Revd David Thomson, has been appointed interim bishop for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, and he will serve in Suffolk until a permanent bishop is elected.

Bishop David will take up the role at the beginning of October, and step aside from most of his duties in the Diocese of Ely during the secondment.

He will remain in office as Bishop of Huntingdon, and he and his wife Jean will continue to live in Ely.

The Archbishop of Canterbury asked the Bishop to hold the reins in Suffolk, following the appointment of former bishop the Rt Revd Nigel Stock as Bishop at Lambeth.

Speaking after the announcement, Bishop David said: “It’s a great privilege to be asked to work as a shepherd for Christ’s people in the diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich as they wait for a new diocesan bishop.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, said: “I am delighted to have commissioned Dr David Thomson, Bishop of Huntingdon, to care for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich during the period until a new diocesan bishop is chosen and arrives. Bishop David combines the gifts of a bishop with long experience as a parish priest and archdeacon.”

Rt Revd Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely, said: “Bishop David will be a wise and trusted bishop next door as he is among us. We shall miss him; but we know that we shall get him back in a year or so.”

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