Huddersfield's first ever bishop named as Jonathan Gibbs

Jonathan Gibbs Jonathan Gibbs said he was "thrilled" to be moving to Yorkshire

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A Merseyside priest has been named as the first ever Bishop of Huddersfield.

The town became an episcopal area when the new diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales was created in April.

Reverend Dr Jonathan Gibbs, 53, will be consecrated at York Minster on 17 October, along with the new Bishop of Bradford, Reverend Dr Toby Howarth.

Father-of-three Dr Gibbs, who has been rector of Heswall for 16 years, said he was "thrilled to be moving to such a great part of the world".

The new Bishop of Bradford, 52-year-old Dr Howarth, is currently secretary for inter religious affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury and national inter religious affairs adviser for the Church of England.

Toby Howarth Toby Howarth will be consecrated as the new Bishop of Bradford in October

He replaces the Right Reverend Nick Baines, who now oversees the whole diocese.

Bishop Baines said: "I am delighted with these appointments which complete our team of bishops.

"Toby Howarth brings expertise in teaching, pastoral care, leadership and interfaith relations at parish, national and international level.

"Jonathan Gibbs... has been a committed parish priest and has served in a variety of contexts. His appointment is hugely welcome as he establishes the new episcopal area of Huddersfield."

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