WE ARE DELIGHTED TO ECHO THE NEWS FROM DOWNING STREET this morning that The Queen has approved the nomination of the Venerable Julian Henderson, Archdeacon of Dorking, for election as Bishop of Blackburn in succession to the Right Reverend Nicholas Reade, who resigned in October 2012.
Julian has been Archdeacon of Dorking since October 2005, while his wife Heather has served the Diocesan Education team since January 2008. They have served for more than 20 years in the Diocese of Guildford.
We are sure you will all wish to join us in thanking Julian and Heather for their service in the Diocese, and in wishing them every blessing as they prepare for their next phase in Godâ€™s plan.
The Bishop of Guildford, The Right Reverend Christopher Hill, says:
â€œI want to add my personal congratulations to Archdeacon Julian and to the diocese of Blackburn.
â€œJulian has been a most valued colleague in ministry with me in Guildford, a kind pastor, an efficient Archdeacon, a strategic member of my staff and a good friend.â€
Archdeacon Julian Henderson describes the move as a â€œresponse to a call of God through His church to serve the Diocese of Blackburn and the people of Lancashire in the North Westâ€:
â€œHeather and I are humbled by the trust that has been placed in us, but firmly believe that God has been guiding and leading those charged with the responsibility of this appointment.
â€œWe will miss the many friends we have in Guildford, but at the same time we are excited by the opportunities for sharing in Godâ€™s mission in another and very different part of the country.
â€œAlthough we donâ€™t know yet exactly when it will be, we value your prayers as we prepare for a new role in our service of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.â€
Meanwhile, Canon Derek Holbird, Diocesan Director of Education, pays tribute to the work Heather Henderson has done in enriching the Christian distinctiveness in the Dioceseâ€™s 86 Church schools, saying:
â€œHeather has a creative flair, an encouraging 'can-do' manner and a tremendous passion for children's well being.
â€œShe has set the standard for us and we will miss her hugely.â€
The Venerable Julian Henderson MA, 58, studied at Keble College Oxford and Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He was ordained Priest in 1980, and began his Clerical vocation as Assistant curate at St Maryâ€™s, Islington in London. From 1983, he then spent nine years as Parish Priest of the church of Emmanuel and St Mary in the Castle, Hastings, before moving to the Diocese of Guildford as Vicar of Holy Trinity, Claygate in 1992. In 1996, Julian became Rural Dean of Emly, and in 2002 was made an honorary Canon of Guildford Cathedral, before his appointment as Archdeacon of Dorking in 2005.
Heather Henderson has served as Schools Officer with the Diocese of Guildford Education team since the beginning 2008, with particular responsibility for RE, Spiritual Development and Christian Distinctiveness of Church Schools.
Julian and Heather have two grown up children. In his leisure time, Julian enjoys gardening, design and DIY, walking, reading, tennis and cycling.
Announcements regarding the process of appointing Julianâ€™s replacement as Archdeacon of Dorking will be made in due course.