New Bishop of Basingstoke consecrated
The Reverend Canon David Williams has been consecrated by the Most Reverend Justin Welby , the Archbishop of Canterbury, at Winchester Cathedral.
David’s role is to work with and support the Right Reverend Tim Dakin, the Bishop of Winchester, working as a champion for church communities. Following Friday’s celebrations, David will be embarking on a wide-ranging tour to visit churches and community groups across Basingstoke and North Hampshire. He hopes to introduce himself to every member of the clergy and the local lay leaders either in their home or their place of work.
“I have a deep appreciation of the depth of worship and ministry of the churches in this diocese. There are 196 churches across North Hampshire, actively serving their local communities. As I begin my new ministry I look forward to hearing their hopes, dreams and challenges and supporting them in their important work.
“As a vicar in Winchester, I have grown to know and love the people, the churches and the communities of this area. We have really inspiring clergy and many organisations doing great things to help change people’s lives. Faith in Jesus Christ is at the heart of our local churches, with a deeply personal dimension as well as a commitment to a public expression of that faith. As Bishop I hope to support people in expressing both aspects of their faith.”
David succeeds the Right Reverend Peter Hancock, who is now the Bishop of Bath and Wells. New bishops are often consecrated in London, but the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, came to Winchester to consecrate David in his local cathedral.
“I'm delighted that the Archbishop of Canterbury decided to consecrate David here in Winchester" said the Right Reverend Tim Dakin, the Bishop of Winchester. “David’s work in the Diocese over the past thirteen years and the relationships he has forged mean he is well-fitted for the task ahead.As he takes up his new role I'm sure that many across the Diocese and beyond will join me in praying for him and for his ministry among us.”
David’s consecration was attended by over a thousand guests including English and overseas bishops, political leaders and representatives from churches across North Hampshire.
Following the consecration, David joined Bishop Tim at the confirmations taking place at St Peter’s church in Yateley. His first major service as Bishop will take place on Sunday 28th September at St Michael’s church in Basingstoke.
For further information, contact the Diocese of Winchester communications team on 020 7618 9197 or email email@example.com
Notes for editors
David’s appointment was announced on 26 June 2014 by Downing Street.
David has served in the Diocese for the past thirteen years, leading Christ Church in the city centre. Together with his wife Helen, he has played a leading role in growing the church and working closely with the local community, including the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester Prison, and the University. He has also helped to set up the Street Pastors project in Winchester, helping to reduce crime in the city. These strong local connections were a key reason for his appointment.