Downing Street has announced today that Canon Deborah Sellin will be the next Bishop of Southampton, in the Diocese of Winchester.
Debbie is the Vicar of St John the Baptist, Wonersh with Blackheath and Area Dean for the Deanery of Cranleigh. She was ordained 12 years ago after working as a Family and Children’s Worker in a Church of England parish in Guildford, and as a Manager in the NHS.
The Bishop of Southampton is a Suffragan Bishop in the Diocese of Winchester and works alongside the Bishop of Basingstoke to support the Bishop of Winchester in the Diocese, with a particular focus on serving the areas of Southampton and South Hampshire, and Bournemouth and East Dorset.
“I am thrilled and honoured to be nominated as the first woman to be the Bishop of Southampton. It is a real joy to have the opportunity to support the many churches, parish communities and schools in their work to spread the Christian message. I am looking forward to moving to Southampton and getting to know the people of this wonderful city, as well as those across Hampshire and East Dorset.”
The Bishop of Guildford has congratulated Debbie, saying:
“I am delighted that Debbie has been called to be the next Bishop of Southampton, and wish her and Paul God’s richest blessing in the years ahead. Debbie’s pastoral wisdom, strategic nous, prayerful rootedness and calm authority have been a wonderful gift to us here in the Guildford, and she will be much missed; but our loss will be the wider Church’s gain, as her talents and experience are deployed across the Winchester Diocese, the College of Bishops and beyond.”
Debbie will formally take up her post in July, after she is consecrated as a Bishop.