Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich to chair Ministry Council

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have appointed the Bishop of St Edmundsbury
and Ipswich
, the Rt Revd Martin Seeley, as the next Chair of
the Ministry Council of the Church of England following his
election as a member of the Archbishops’ Council. Bishop Martin
succeeds the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford as Chair of
Ministry Council
and will take up the role after Easter

The Ministry Council is responsible for advising the House of
Bishops and the dioceses over the work of nurturing vocations to
ministry, the selection and formation of candidates for ministry
and continuing ministerial development and deployment. It has a key
role in the Renewal
and Reform
agenda for growing vocations to ministry by 50%, the
encouragement of lay ministries and developing forms of ministry
which enhance collaboration, mission and developing disciples.

Bishop Martin said of his appointment: “I am honoured to have
been asked to chair the Ministry Council at a critical moment in
the development of ministry in the Church of England, both lay and
ordained. The current mission and ministry challenges for dioceses
and the Church of England as a whole are significant and I look
forward to working to develop as well as sustain the best in our
traditions of ministry and ministerial formation.”

Bishop Martin was Principal of Westcott House,
Cambridge, a leading theological college, from 2006 to 2015, and
was President of the Cambridge Theological Federation from 2013 to
2015. He also served as Vicar of the Isle of Dogs, Tower Hamlets,
from 1996 to 2006.

Bishop Steven Croft says: “I am very pleased that Bishop Martin
is taking over from me as the new Chair of the Ministry Council.
His wide experience both as a parish priest and as a
theological college principal will be of great value in a period of
extensive change in parishes and local churches as well as in
ministerial education.”