Archdeacon Martin to become Bishop of Dudley

The Dean of Christ Church has expressed his congratulations to the Archdeacon of Oxford, the Ven. Martin Gorick, who is to become the next Bishop of Dudley in the Diocese of Worcester.

The news was announced by Downing Street this morning. Archdeacon Martin - whose role as Archdeacon of Oxford is combined with that of Residentiary Canon at Christ Church - is spending the day in his new diocese, meeting people from the local area.

The Dean, the Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, said: 'We will miss Martin enormously, but I'm delighted that his gifts and skills will be taken up in the Diocese of Worcester, where he will minister as the next Bishop of Dudley.

'Martin joined us in 2013, and as Archdeacon of Oxford has made an enormous contribution to the life of the city and its deaneries, and of course to us here at Christ Church, where he has served as a member of the Cathedral Chapter and on the Governing Body of our College. His work in interfaith, sector chaplaincies and new communities has been significant, and our prayers go with him as he begins his ministry as a bishop.

'We will be praying for Martin and Katharine as they move to the Midlands, along with their children Sam, Lydia and Anna. We will be praying too for the Diocese of Worcester, as they prepare to receive their new Bishop of Dudley.'

The Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, said: 'Martin has served with real distinction for six years as Archdeacon of Oxford and Residentiary Canon of Christ Church. He has a passion for mission and for the Church of England to be a church for everyone. Martin has been a wise colleague in the Oxford Area and across the Diocese in his work with chaplains and on engagement with other faiths and has pioneered and led our diocesan strategy for forming new congregations. As a Diocese and Cathedral, we will miss Martin and Katherine very much, but our prayers and love go with them in the joys and the challenges of Martin’s new role.

Archdeacon Martin will be consecrated Bishop at the end of January 2020.