Bishop Tony

The Bishop of Sherwood

The Rt Revd Anthony Porter was consecrated as Bishop of Sherwood by the new Archbishop of York, the Most Revd John Sentamu, at York Minster on Tuesday, 21st March 2006. Tony is the first Anglican Bishop actually to live in Nottingham for 121 years.

Tony Porter is married to Lucille and they have four children including Sarah, a primary school teacher who is married to Anthony; Richard, a physiotherapist who is married to Adele; Jennifer, who works for Christians Against Poverty in Bradford is married to Matt, and David, who is married to Debs; they are Directors of their own business, “Caremark”, near Ripley in Surrey.

After serving his first curacy in Edgware, North London, Tony became a curate at St Mary’s Haughton Green in Manchester Diocese before moving be priest-in-charge at Christ Church, Bacup. He then became Rector of Holy Trinity Rusholme, also in Manchester and on the edge of Moss Side for 15 years. During his time at Moss Side he was the chaplain for Manchester City Football Club and also to Greater Manchester Police.

The Rt Revd Tony Porter says: “During my recent study leave I reflected on the Seed Scattering weekends which I have been running for the past few years. Lucille and I have been leading these weekends since 2010 and there has been a very positive response from parishes both in terms of people becoming Christians and enabling the parish to develop their ministry to the fringe. I recognise that every diocese is different, but I hope that this will prove to be a useful model which can be adapted to any situation and I hope this proves helpful and encouraging for Episcopal ministry.

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