24/07/2018

Ven Beverley Mason to be the next Bishop of Warrington

Downing Street has announced that the next Bishop of Warrington will be the Venerable Beverley Mason, Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven in the Diocese of Leeds. Beverley will minister alongside Bishop Paul of Liverpool as one of the "chief pastors" of the Liverpool Diocese.



Beverley was introduced to the Diocese by the Bishop of Liverpool ahead of a day visiting different parts of our Diocese. The tour starts by celebrating the work of the NHS at Warrington Hospital before heading to a lunch club in St Helens which supports asylum seekers in the local community. Bev then goes to the Apple Trust nursery, a place with a long association with the Bishops of Warrington. She will then go on to meet administrative staff at St James' House before ending the day with Evening Prayer at Liverpool Cathedral.
A former stockbroker, Bev was born into a military family growing up with her three brothers moving from base to base, her life took a dramatic turn on a backpacking gap year in 1994 when she came to faith. That led to her becoming a humanitarian aid worker before discerning a vocation to ordaiined ministry. During this time she also discerned a call to singleness. Bev has served in a number of roles in a variety of places before being called to be Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven. She also covered a vacancy in the See of Ripon. Read Bev's full biography here.

The Rt Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool said: “Today marks a new era in our Diocese. I am delighted that Archdeacon Bev has responded to the call to serve as the next Bishop of Warrington. Bishops are called to lead the Church in holiness, in mission and in worship, and I know that Bev is richly equipped to do all these things among us. She will enrich the life of the Diocese and she will help us grow and flourish as we continue on the road we have chosen, asking God for a bigger church to make a bigger difference. She is committed to her own discipleship and I know that, together with each one of us, she will follow our Rule of Life: "called to Pray, Read and Learn, and sent to Tell, Serve and Give". 

Bev will help us look outwards into a community that is dreaming of a brighter future and seeking a way that this can be brought into the world. She will  be a tremendous asset and encouragement to others as we seek to be disciples together. I pray for her as she prepares to move into this exciting ministry.”

Archdeacon Bev said “I join the Diocese of Liverpool at a crucial time for church and society. We live in a world full of uncertainties and with acts of violence; many are anxious and fearful, but one where so many are able to dream of a better world, hope for a better future. So many of these are driven by a strong spiritual connection to a God they might not know. The church has a challenge to make that God real.
 
I am deeply attracted to this diocese with a strong vision to ask God for a bigger church to make a bigger difference with more people knowing Jesus and more justice in the world. I want to take my place in a movement of people with a clear idea of how to make the changes, through bringing a friend to worship and doing ten things that help others to know what it is like to be a disciple of Jesus.
 
Today I will be seeing examples of that in action, in places that exists outside of the walls of a church building. I am looking forward to meeting a range of Christian leaders in different contexts working hard to love and serve their communities.
 
This is the start of what I feel is a dream that God has called me to. I want to devote my energies and ministry to supporting and encouraging church leaders across our diocese to continue to make a bigger difference in their community.“

The Rt Revd Nick Baines, Anglican Bishop of Leeds said:“I am delighted at the appointment of Bev Mason as the next Bishop of Warrington. Although sorry to be losing her from this diocese, she will bring to her new role great experience and a wide range of gifts. Liverpool will find her hungry to learn, an inspiration to Christian discipleship, and with a sense of humour Scousers and all in the region will love.”
 
The Bishop of Warrington works with and supports the Bishop of Liverpool in leading the church in the diocese of Liverpool.  They take their title from the Cheshire town of Warrington although their role encompasses the entire Diocese. Traditionally the Bishop of Warrington has taken a strong lead in supporting vocational ministry in all its forms, and our new Bishop will continue this work. The bishop’s role has a strong emphasis on encouraging Christian leadership.

"Today marks a new era in our Diocese. I am delighted that Archdeacon Bev has responded to the call to serve as the next Bishop of Warrington. Bishops are called to lead the Church in holiness, in mission and in worship".

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The next stages

Bev will be consecrated bishop by the Archbishop of York at York Minster on October 18th 2018. She will then embark on another fact finding tour of parts of our diocese ahead of her welcome service in Liverpool Cathedral on Nov 17th 2108.

She will formally start her ministry at a confirmation at St Elphins, Warrington on the following day.

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