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India-born Dr John Perumbalath announced as new Bishop of Liverpool

by Kelly Valencia

Rt Rev Dr John Perymbalath has been appointed as the new Bishop of Liverpool. 

In a statement, Downing Street announced Her late Majesty the Queen approved the nomination of Bishop John following the retirement of Rt Rev Paul Bayes in February 2022. 

Bishop John said he was "delighted and humbled" to have received the call.

"I have come to love Liverpool through my numerous visits when my daughter was in university here for six years. I look forward to becoming part of the vibrant and diverse communities served by the Diocese of Liverpool."

He continued: "As a follower of Christ coming to lead a diocese that aspires to be a bigger church to make a bigger difference, I want to proclaim and live out a message of hope, peace, and justice. I pray that I will lead a church that is faithful in offering our communities the hope that we have in God, serving the communities by working together well and in partnership with others."

Having served as Bishop of Bradwell in the diocese of Chelmsford since 2018, the 56-year-old will become Liverpool's ninth bishop. 

Bishop John was born in the Christian community of Kerala, south India and was ordained into the Church of north India in 1994. In the early 2000s, Bishop John moved to Rochester where to different positions in the Anglican diocese there. 

He is also the Chair of Churches Refugee Network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and chairs Christians Aware, an educational charity. 

Bishop John has served both in Catholic and Evangelical parishes and is known as a unifying leaders in situations of conflict. 

The Bishop of Chelmsford, Rt Rev Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani said: "Bishop John has made a hugely significant contribution to the life of our Diocese as Bishop of Bradwell and before that as Archdeacon of Barking." 

"His appointment is good news for the Diocese of Liverpool and the Church of England, and I offer John my warm congratulations. But of course, we will miss him in Chelmsford Diocese and particularly on the Bishop's Leadership Team and in the parishes and the worshipping communities of the Bradwell Episcopal Area. We will be praying for him and for his wife as he prepares for this next step in his ministry."

Bishop John is expected to be installed in Liverpool Cathedral in a special service early next year.

He is married and has one adult daughter.

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