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Bishop David has been Bishop of Grimsby since June 2000. The Grimsby Area covers the top half of the Diocese of Lincoln and takes in the unitary authorities of North and North East Lincolnshire as well as the County of Lincolnshire north of Lincoln. It is a little bit of everything in terms of the context for the church’s ministry and witness – from the seaside resort of Skegness to the regeneration in the town of Gainsborough and from the rural beauty of the Lincolnshire Wolds to the urban centres of Grimsby and Scunthorpe.

Before coming to Grimsby his ministry had been as a Parish Priest, most recently in Cookham in Berkshire and before that in Chelmsford, Essex.

In terms of theology and church life, Bishop David’s interests include getting the structures right to enable church growth; using the God given resources of vocation wisely; developing chaplaincy as a key element of mission; marketing the church; the distinctiveness and ethos of church schools; social justice.  At present he is working on the changing nature of incumbency and how it can serve the changing context for the church’s ministry.

He is committed to excellence in church life – as a witness to the quality of the God who calls us to be the Church.  He believes that the experience of those who engage with the church should be that value has been added to their day, because of what they have encountered.  Through his ministry as a parish priest, Bishop David is keenly aware of how difficult it is to achieve this and how easy it is to get it wrong, but he still believes that the aspiration to excellence and quality leads to an attractive church for a generation who have high expectations of how they use their time, energy and commitment.

Beyond the life of the church, Bishop David has a wide range of interest especially in terms of technology, DIY, how things work, cooking and travel. He loves most things French (except the strikes!).

He is married to Karen and they have two sons.

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