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The new Bishop of Taunton is announced

Ven Ruth Worsley is to be the new Bishop of Taunton. Photo: Church of England

The Ven Ruth Worsley, Archdeacon of Wilts, is to be the next Bishop of Taunton in the Diocese of Bath and Wells.

Ruth has been Archdeacon of Wilts for 2 ½ years, covering an area including Devizes, Marlborough, Calne, Trowbridge and Pewsey. She has been responsible for supporting parishes and clergy on the ground, and acting as a link between them and the bishops.

The delight that will be felt at Ruth’s appointment is tempered by our sense of loss. She has made a great contribution in a relatively short time in this Diocese.

She goes to Taunton with an unusual breadth and depth of experience and with much to offer the Diocese of Bath and Wells and the Church of England. She goes with our thanks and our blessing,

– The Right Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury
The future Bishop of Taunton with her new boss, the Bishop of Bath & Wells Credit: Church of England

The Ven Ruth Worsley had this reaction to her appointment:

“I am surprised and amused to be chosen as the next Bishop of Taunton as I grew up in a non-conformist church where women held no roles of leadership. I am delighted to be heading to Somerset to join the diocesan team in this wonderful part of the world, moving ‘next door’ as it were. It will be a great privilege to meet and serve everyone who lives and works in the county.

“In a diocese with such a mix of rural and more urban parishes, each I’m sure with its own distinct personality, I’m really keen to experience how our churches and the diocese are meeting those different needs. And how we can engage in the process of transformation, one which changes lives, both our own and others, and then influences the way in which we are ‘Church’ and brings about a renewed sense of community.”