The new bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, walked through Oxford yesterday to his inauguration ceremony at Christ Church Cathedral.  The service marked the beginning of his ministry in the Thames Valley, overseeing the Church of England in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, supported by the Area Bishops of Dorchester, Buckingham and Reading.  Oxford Diocese is one of the largest and most complex in the Church of England, stretching from Milton Keynes in the north to Newbury in the south; from the Cotswolds in the west to Slough in the east.

Bishop Steven, who is 58, is the 43rd bishop of Oxford, succeeding the Rt Revd John Pritchard, who retired in October 2014 after seven years in post.  He was previously Bishop of Sheffield, a role he had held since 2009. He serves on the Archbishop’s Council and Chairs the Ministry Council of the Church of England. He has been a member of the House of Lords since 2013.

The Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft

The Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft

He has a passion for mission and evangelism and for finding creative ways of sharing the Gospel. He is the co-author of the Emmaus and Pilgrim courses, both of which are resources to help people engage with the Christian faith.

Bishop Steven will be visiting Milton Keynes next year on 24 May, starting with a lunch at Christ the Cornerstone Church to meet members of the clergy.  Other events will include visits to a couple of communities in our city during the afternoon, followed by a meal in the evening with lay leaders, and finally a service at Christ the Cornerstone Church.  We look forward to welcoming him to our city next year, and to supporting him in his new role.

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