New Bishop of Southampton formally takes up her role

    15 July 2019

    The first woman to become Bishop of Southampton was welcomed to the Diocese of Winchester and installed at a service at Winchester Cathedral.

    The Right Reverend Debbie Sellin was welcomed as the new Bishop of Southampton at a service of welcome, commissioning and installation in Winchester Cathedral on Sunday 14 July 2019.

    Bishop 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 was consecrated as a Bishop earlier this month at St Paul’s Cathedral in London and at the evensong service in Winchester Cathedral marked her formal arrival in the Diocese of Winchester.

    Bishop Debbie said:

    “It was a joy to be joined by so many new friends and colleagues from across the Diocese. I am very much looking forward to starting work in Southampton, Bournemouth and the communities and parishes across Hampshire and East Dorset, supporting the Christian life of this diverse community. Already I have found the local community to be extremely welcoming and generous in their prayers for me and my family as I take up my new role.”

    Bishop Debbie was welcomed as a Suffragan Bishop in the Diocese of Winchester by the Right Reverend Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester, who presided over Sunday’s service.

    Bishop Tim said:

    “As a parish priest and area dean, Debbie developed a thriving and lively parish community and brought effective leadership to the deanery. She brings that experience and experiences from other previous roles to her new role as Bishop and I am excited about the many ways in which she will be able to support the mission of the whole Diocese and especially in the Southern Archdeaconry.”

    The full gallery of photos from the service is available here.

    Biography: The Right Reverend Debbie Sellin

    The Right Reverend 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 after working as a family and children’s worker and earlier on as a manager in the NHS.

    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.