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Biking bishop revves into town to meet his flock

New Bishop of Lewes Richard Jackson visits Hastings Pier, pictured with Simon Opie, CEO of Hastings Pier Charity.

New Bishop of Lewes Richard Jackson visits Hastings Pier, pictured with Simon Opie, CEO of Hastings Pier Charity.

A NEWLY-appointed bishop who has a penchant for motorbikes revved into town this week.

Reverend Richard Jackson, mission renewal adviser and leader of the church growth team in the Diocese of Chichester, has been announced as the new Bishop of Lewes.

The 53-year-old reverend, who visited Hastings on Monday (March 17), admitted that he bought his Harley Davidson motorbike because he was having ‘something of a mid-life crisis’.

Intending to use the Harley to get round his new patch, he thinks his new nickname might well be the ‘biking bishop’.

Originally from Wiltshire, Reverend Jackson studied at Oxford and went on to train for the ministry at Trinity College, Bristol.

Reverend Jackson said: “I am relieved that I am able to at least talk about something I have known for quite some time. One of my key tasks is to be a mediator and to bring people to mutual understanding. I really want to be a bishop to all people, it is as simple as that. Ultimately, the task of the church is about growth. If we want to contribute to the common good in society we need to grow and be growing.”

After being ordained, he served his curacy in the Parish of Lindfield, Sussex, and in 1998 he became the Vicar of Rudgwick.

In 2005, he served as the Rural Dean of Horsham before taking up his current post.

Dr Martin Warner, The Bishop of Chichester, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Richard has agreed to take on this task and to share in the ministry of this diocese as a bishop. I urge everyone to pray for him and his family and I look forward to working collaboratively with him.”

 

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