Next Bishop of Chelmsford Announced 

Bishop Guli uncroppedDowning Street announced on 17th December 2020 that the Right Reverend Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani will be the next Bishop of Chelmsford.

Bishop Guli begins her ministry as Diocesan Bishop on the 19th April 2021 but will not fully move into Bishopscourt with her family until the summer.

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She was born in Iran but moved to England following the events of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Having studied music as an undergraduate, she worked at the BBC for a few years before training for ordination and completing a PhD. She was ordained in 1998 and has served as Bishop of Loughborough since 2017.

Speaking about her appointment, Bishop Guli said:

“It is a great privilege to be appointed as the next Bishop of Chelmsford. I know there are many challenges ahead both in the church and wider society, not least as a result of the pandemic.

However, I am hopeful about the future. As Christian communities, I believe our task is to be faithful; to share the good news of Jesus Christ and to continue serving the world; to work well together and in partnership with others. In doing this, we’ll discover the extent of God’s love."

Video Introducing Bishop Guli

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