Whitby finally has a new bishop after Her Majesty the Queen appointed the Venerable Paul Ferguson to the role.
The former Archdeacon of Cleveland was welcomed into his role as Suffragan Bishop of Whitby by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, last Friday.
The Ven Ferguson said: “It’s a great honour to be asked to continue to serve in the Diocese of York in a new capacity, and I’m looking forward to the fresh responsibilities and opportunities that I shall have as Bishop of Whitby.
“Penny and I will value your thoughts and prayers over the coming weeks and beyond.”
The new bishop will succeed the Rt Revd Martin Warner, who left the bishopric of Whitby in July 2012 to take up a posting as Bishop of Chichester.
He will be consecrated at York Minster on Thursday July 3 and Dr Sentamu said: “I am delighted to be welcoming the Venerable Paul Ferguson as Bishop of Whitby.
“These are exciting times in the Diocese of York and I look forward to sharing with them what God is doing in the life of our Diocese.”
Dr Sentamu said that in his role as Archdeacon of Cleveland, The Ven Ferguson had gained a reputation as a man of real commitment and godliness.
He added: “I am delighted that he is willing to serve in this new role, and I pray that he will continue to encourage those in the Cleveland Archdeaconry, as well as people across the Diocese, to enable the Church to make a real difference in our communities.”
The Ven Ferguson will become the eleventh Bishop of Whitby after The Revd Philip North withdrew his acceptance of the role in December 2012.
Although drawing the title from Whitby itself, the new bishop will oversee a far larger area, stretching from Middlesbrough to Pickering and as far inland as Thirsk.
The Ven Ferguson will also have oversight for the entire Diocese of York, in parishes which do not accept the ordination of women as priests and bishops.
Following the announcement, The Ven Ferguson visited Holy Trinity Church in North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, to meet with parishioners and hear about the work the church is doing in the community as they prepared for their Foodbank distribution on Friday afternoon.
At the same ceremony, the Reverend Canon Dr John Thomson was appointed as the Suffragan Bishop of Selby.
The Ven Paul Ferguson, 58
Education: New College, Oxford; King’s College, Cambridge
1985-88: Served curacy in the Diocese of Chester
1988-1995: Sacrist and Chaplain then Precenter at Westminster Abbey
1995-2001: Canon Residentiary and Precenter at York Minster in the Diocese of York
2001-2014: Archdeacon of Cleveland and member of the College of Canons of York
He is Warden of Readers for the Diocese of York and a member of the Church of England’s Porvoo Panel, overseeing links with Scandinavian and Baltic Lutheran churches