New Bishop of Southampton consecrated at St Paul’s Cathedral

    5 July 2019

    The Reverend Canon Debbie Sellin was consecrated at a service at St Paul’s Cathedral led by Archbishop Justin Welby on Wednesday 3rd July.

    Debbie is the first woman to become the Bishop of Southampton, and the first woman to be a Bishop in the Diocese of Winchester. She will be welcomed as Bishop of Southampton at a service of welcome, commissioning and installation in Winchester Cathedral on Sunday 14th July.

    Debbie said:

    “My consecration was a wonderful and humbling experience. I feel blessed to have been called to fulfil the role of Bishop of Southampton, and am greatly looking forward to joining members of the community across Hampshire and East Dorset when I am installed next week.”

    The Bishop of Southampton is a Suffragan Bishop in the Diocese of Winchester and works alongside the Bishop of Basingstoke to support the Bishop of Winchester in the Diocese, with a particular focus on serving the areas of Southampton and South Hampshire, and Bournemouth and East Dorset. Debbie succeeds the Right Reverend Dr Jonathan Frost, who moved on from Southampton to become the Dean of York in January.

    The Right Reverend Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester, said:

    “It was a great joy to participate in Debbie’s consecration on Wednesday. I am looking forward to her taking on her new role as Bishop of Southampton and I’m sure all those who wish well from across the Diocese and beyond will join me in praying for Debbie and her family as she begins her new ministry.”

    Biography: The Reverend Canon Debbie Sellin

    The Reverend Canon Debbie Sellin was educated at St Andrew’s University and trained for ministry on the Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme. She was ordained Priest in 2008 and served her title at St Saviour’s Guildford.

    Debbie Sellin was appointed Vicar of St John the Baptist Wonersh with Blackheath in the Diocese of Guildford in 2010 and was additionally appointed Area Dean for the Deanery of Cranleigh in 2015. She became an honorary Canon of Guildford Cathedral in 2018.

    Debbie is married to Paul, a Professor of Physics at Surrey University, and they have two grown-up sons. She is originally from Scotland, having lived there until 1993, and has family still in Edinburgh. Her interests include walking, reading, travel and open-air swimming.