Dean of pioneering training college to be new Bishop of Sherwood
St Mellitus College is one of the largest of the Church of England’s theological training institutions with a growing reputation for pioneering approaches to training. Andy has been involved with St Mellitus since its earliest days, joining the staff team as Assistant Dean in 2008 and becoming Dean in 2015.
As Suffragan Bishop, Andy will work closely with the Diocesan Bishop, the Right Revd Paul Williams, in overseeing the mission and ministry of the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.
“It is a huge privilege to be called to serve as a bishop in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham,” said Andy. “It will be a delight to work with Bishop Paul and the clergy and lay leaders of the diocese to contribute to the vision for Growing Disciples and to help build confidence in the gospel of Jesus Christ across a diverse range of churches and local communities. I am excited and hopeful about this next stage of ministry.”
Bishop Paul said: “I am very pleased that Andy Emerton will be joining us to serve alongside dedicated clergy and congregations making the good news of Jesus known in every community around the Diocese. As a fellow bishop sharing in the leadership of the diocese, we can be hopeful and confident that across our 300-plus churches and 75 church schools, in collaboration with other churches and partners, we may continue to make a bigger difference for the benefit of all who live and work in our great county and city of Nottingham.”
“Andy brings with him considerable experience from twelve years supporting the nurture and development of hundreds of women and men of all ages called to ordained and lay leadership within a diversity of church contexts and traditions. His gifts in shaping and releasing vocations and new models of ministry, of formation and training, and his support in the wellbeing and flourishing of all leaders and their people will be a great blessing across our diocese. I know Andy will receive a very warm welcome to the East Midlands where he will find there is a creative and dynamic culture bringing growth and new opportunity to an exciting and expanding region of the country.”
Andy grew up in the North West near Chester and was educated at York University, and Queen’s College, Oxford and has a background in scientific consultancy and youth ministry prior to training for ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He served his title curacy at Holy Trinity Brompton in the Diocese of London and was ordained Priest in 2006.
Alongside his role at St Mellitus College, Andy exercises his priestly ministry within his local church congregation as part of the leadership at St Jude’s Courtfield Gardens, one of the HTB family of congregations which has grown from an initial core group of 40 at the launch in 2012 to approximately 250 currently. He is married to Liz, who is Assistant-Head with responsibility for safeguarding at Kensington Park School London, and they have three school age children.
Andy will succeed the Right Revd Tony Porter, who retires on 22nd March with a special service of farewell to him and his wife Lucille in Southwell Minster at 3.30pm.
Andy will be consecrated as bishop by the Archbishop of York on Ascension Day 21st May 2020 at 11am in York Minster. He will continue to serve St Mellitus College until the end of the academic year while also preparing to engage in the life and ministry of the diocese from July, prior to the family moving to Nottinghamshire over the summer.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, said: “It is a great joy and delight to welcome Andy Emerton as the next Suffragan Bishop of Sherwood in the Northern Province. His gifts in mission, strategic leadership, creativity in teaching the faith, equipping clergy and laity for ministry across diverse parts of the country, and his infectious love for our Lord Jesus will be a tremendous blessing to Southwell & Nottingham, the Province of York and the wider church.”
Bishop Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London and Co-Chair of St Mellitus College, said: “Through Andy’s time at St Mellitus, the College has delivered so much to the life and ministry of the Church in London. Now, of course, St Mellitus’ work is felt daily right across the Church of England, and that is in no small part a testament to Andy’s drive, energy and vision. While he will be greatly missed, especially in West London, I look forward to continuing my partnership with Andy amongst the Bishops.”
St Mellitus College was formed in 2007 by the Bishops of London and Chelmsford, in partnership with St Paul’s Theological Centre (Holy Trinity Brompton). Now a national College with five centres across the UK – London, Chelmsford, the North West (Liverpool), the South West (Plymouth), and the East Midlands (Nottingham), it seeks to provide vibrant, innovative, and rigorous theological education and missional leadership training. The College currently has 750 students accessing its various programmes, including over 300 who are undertaking ordination training from 33 dioceses across the country.
Dr Jane Williams and Revd Dr Lincoln Harvey, Assistant-Deans of St Mellitus College, said: “Andy has led St Mellitus College through a season of extraordinary growth and flourishing. His personal and strategic skills have been key to the college’s successful partnership with dioceses across the country. He will be very much missed, but we rejoice at what he will bring to the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham and the wider Church of England”