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Canon Debbie Sellin becomes the Bishop of Southampton

The Right Reverend Tim Dakin and Canon Debbie Sellin - picture credited to the Diocese of Winchester

Canon Debbie Sellin has been chosen as the first woman to become the Bishop of Southampton.

Debbie is currently the Vicar of St John the Baptist, Wonersh with Blackheath in the Diocese of Guildford and is also the Area Dean for the Deanery of Cranleigh.

She succeeds the Right Reverend Dr Jonathan Frost, who moved on to become the Dean of York in January after over eight years of service as the Bishop of Southampton.

Canon Debbie Sellin is the first female bishop in the Diocese of Winchester has been revealed this morning.

She'll be responsible for looking after and meeting with hundreds of parishes and churches across the local area.

Debbie says she's looking forward to getting to know local people across Hampshire and East Dorset.

She will formally take up her post in July, after she is consecrated as a Bishop.

Canon Debbie Sellin gave us her reaction:

“I am thrilled and honoured to be nominated as the first woman to be the Bishop of Southampton.

“It is a real joy to have the opportunity to support the many churches, parish communities and schools in their work to spread the Christian message.

“I am looking forward to moving to Southampton and getting to know the people of this wonderful city, as well as those across Hampshire and East Dorset.”

The Right Reverend Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester, said:

“I am delighted that Debbie is to become the next Bishop of Southampton.

“Over the past few years our Diocese has begun to refocus our attention on our Christian mission, and most recently, through Winchester Mission Action, our plan is to engage with the ‘missing generations’ of young people across Hampshire and East Dorset.

“Debbie has particular experience both of working with young people and of outreach to groups which may not have previously engaged with the Christian Church. I am sure she will provide inspirational Christian leadership within our Diocese.”

The news of Canon Debbie Sellin's appointment was announced in an event at St Mary's Church in Southampton.

You can see pictures from the event below.

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