The next Bishop of Durham has been announced. He's the right reverend Paul Butler and he will move from his post as Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham in the new year.
Paul Butler replaces Justin Welby who left to become the Archbishop of Canterbury earlier this year. He's been visiting the region and was welcomed at Durham Cathedral from where gave his only live television interview to ITV News Tyne Tees.
The next Bishop of Durham has been announced as Rt Revd Paul Butler.
He will move from his post as Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham in the new year.
He will replace Justin Welby who left to become the Archbishop of Canterbury earlier this year.
The father-of-four said engaging with young people, tackling poverty and increasing the numbers of people who attend church will be his main priorities.
The new Bishop of Durham Rt Revd Paul Butler said he 'nearly dropped the phone' when he was heard he was shortlisted for the role.
He got the initial phone call on the platform at Kings Cross station, before a letter from the Prime Minister confirmed he'd got the job.
Honoured, humbled, excited, enthused & some trepidation at being called to be Bishop of Durham. Thanks for all nice comments
Rt Revd Paul Butler has been named as the new Bishop of Durham. Here he is in Nottingham, where he is currently Bishop.
Rt Revd Paul Butler has revealed that he first heard about the possibility of becoming Bishop of Durham in May. He added that he was told over the phone while he was at Kings Cross Station in London.
– Rt Revd Paul Butler
“To be called to become Bishop of Durham came as a big surprise but is a huge privilege for many reasons. This ancient Diocese goes way back before England was a united nation. The heritage is extraordinary; each new Bishop of Durham stands on the shoulders of some of the greatest Christians in this country’s long and proud history.
“I am delighted to be coming to Durham and the North East at a time of significant change that is both exciting and challenging in equal parts."
Bishop Paul Butler has said that he is looking forward to coming to the North East and continuing the work started by the previous Bishop of Durham, The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.