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New Bishop of Grimsby is announced

09 May 2014

Bishop of Lincoln announces the new Bishop of Grimsby at Grimsby fish docks

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Revd Canon Dr David Court as Bishop of Grimsby.

Bishop of Lincoln, the Right Reverend Christopher Lowson, made the announcement at Grimsby fish docks this morning.

David, 55, has been vicar of Cromer, Norfolk, for the past 11 years, is Rural Dean of Repps and is an honorary Canon of Norwich Cathedral.

Following this morning's announcement, David then met with James Milligan-Manby at Thorganby Hall to learn more about Lincolnshire farming.

He said he had received an 'amazing welcome' from the local area.

David said: "I am so excited. I woke up this morning with a big grin on my face. I am really pleased to be here and have received a wonderfully warm welcome. I'm very keen to get started."

Born in Norwich, David attended the local comprehensive school near his home on the Heartsease estate in the city. He studied electro-chemistry at the University of Southampton, conducting research into the structure and medicinal opportunities of sugar, achieving a PhD. While at university, he was introduced to the Church, and soon made a commitment to a life as a Christian. He became a chemistry and physics teacher at a rural comprehensive school in Oundle, Northamptonshire.

It was while teaching in Northamptonshire, and living in Peterborough, that he wascalled to the ministry though his parish church, and at the age of 29, began studying at Oak Hill Theological College in London. He served his first curacy at Barton Seagrave with Warkton in the Diocese of Peterborough from 1991 to 1994 and then Curate at Kinson in Salisbury Diocese from 1994 to 1997, where he was responsible for youth and children's ministry and church planting. From 1997 to 1999 he was Priest-in-Charge at Mile Cross in the Diocese of Norwich and Vicar from 1999 to 2003. Since 2003 he has been Vicar of Cromer and Rural Dean of Repps and Honorary Canon of Norwich Cathedral since 2010.

Married to Ann, they have two grown-up sons Jonathan, 27, and Matt, 25, and a daughter Naomi, 14.

The Bishop of Norwich, The Rt Revd Graham James, has expressed his delight at the appointment. He said: "I am delighted that David's gifts have been recognised by the wider Church and that he will serve as one of our bishops in the Diocese of Lincoln. He has been hugely appreciated as Vicar of Cromer and built one of the largest congregations in the Diocese. We will miss him enormously but pray for him and Ann and their family as they begin this new adventure in the service of the gospel." 

As Bishop of Grimsby, David will have a strategic and leadership role across the whole of Lincolnshire to co-ordinate and develop the Diocese's mission through parishes, schools, chaplaincies, projects and with partner organisations.

"I was honoured to be offered this role, and I'm very excited about the opportunities to further the work of mission in historic Lincolnshire," said David.

"As Bishop of Grimsby, it will be particularly important for me to be fully involved with the life of North East Lincolnshire, but I will also be working across the whole Diocese - from the Humber to the Norfolk border, and from near Doncaster to Stamford, to build the mission of the Church, and that work promises to be both challenging and fulfilling."

The Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Revd Christopher Lowson, said: "I'm delighted that David will be joining the Diocesan team as we seek to build the Church and make it a real force for good in all communities of Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire. David's wonderful gifts and experience will be a huge asset to us as we strive to create more faithful, confident and joyfulChristians, working hard to transform the lives to people in the communities of historic Lincolnshire.

"David and Ann are a delightful team, and I and my colleagues can't wait to begin working with them, and to get on with our mission to make the Church in the Diocese of Lincoln an effective, ambitious and credible force for good in the region."

David Court will be consecrated Bishop at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on 25 July, and will be welcomed to the Diocese at a special service in Lincoln Cathedral on 27 July. He will begin work as Bishop of Grimsby in September.