New Assistant Bishop appointed

23rd September 2014

The former Bishop of Grantham, the Right Reverend Dr Tim Ellis, has been appointed as Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Sheffield. Bishop Tim Eliis retired from his last post in September 2013 after nearly eight years as a Suffragan Bishop in the Diocese of Lincoln. Prior to that, he spent five years as Archdeacon of Stow and Lindsey and eight years in the south of the county.

After studying theology at King’s College, London and St Augustine’s College, Canterbury, he was ordained deacon in Manchester and served in the parish of St John, Old Trafford, as assistant curate.   This was followed with eight years as the Vicar of Pendleton Church in Salford.  Dr Ellis developed a lifelong interest in church architecture, in which he has a Doctor of Philosophy degree from York University.

On retirement from his previous post, Bishop Tim has returned to reside his home city of Sheffield.  In England, Assistant Bishops are usually appointed to assist the Bishop of the diocese in which they are living.  
Bishop Tim is also a fervent Sheffield Wednesday supporter.    
Speaking on the appointment, Bishop Tim said:

“I am delighted to return to the City of my birth, and where I ministered as a priest for 14 years as Vicar of St Leonard's, Norwood. I hope to be able to support and help the Bishops of the Diocese and its priests and people in any appropriate way, especially at a time of great change and opportunity for both the Church and secular society in South Yorkshire. It will be good to be re-acquainted with old friends and to meet new ones.”

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