Introducing Bishop Paul

Bishop Paul grew up in Somerset and studied at Durham University. After a short time as a Youth Minister he training for ordained ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.

Paul served his curacy in North London at St James, Muswell Hill, from 1992 to 1995 and then as Associate Vicar at Christ Church, Clifton, Bristol, to 1999, working especially with students from across the city. From 1999 to 2009 he was the Rector of St James, Gerrards Cross with Fulmer in South Buckinghamshire, where the church saw significant growth and became a creative hub for mission in the region.

In 2009 Paul was ordained Bishop of Kensington in the Diocese of London, overseeing the Church’s mission across a diverse and dynamic Area of West London covering six boroughs. During this time he was closely engaged in planting and grafting new churches and pioneering new forms of leadership training, notably with younger leaders.

Read Bishop Paul’s sermon from the Queen’s Birthday Service in Southwell Minster

Paul’s experience of ministry among children and young people also led to the establishment of an innovative team working in secondary schools across West London.

In June 2015 he was installed as the 12th Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, coming to a diocese of 320 churches engaged in mission across the City and County of Nottingham, as well as few parishes in South Yorkshire. He continues to work closely with the nurture of younger vocations and leaders in all areas of society, as well as church planting, leadership development, and pioneering new forms of ministry in a dynamic young city and diocese with very diverse communities and cultures.

Paul is married to Sarah and they have three sons. They are also foster carers and closely engaged in the wider issues relating to the care of looked-after children. His wider interests include various sports, especially cricket and football. He has eclectic musical tastes, with a particular affection for jazz and blues.

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