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Paul Williams named new Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham

Bishop Williams with his wife Sarah Image copyright Diocese of Southwell
Image caption Bishop Williams is married to Sarah and has three sons aged 16, 14, and 12

The Church of England has named Right Reverend Paul Williams, the current Bishop of Kensington, as the new Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham.

The 47-year-old bishop has led the church in Kensington, in west London, since 2009.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, praised Bishop Williams for his "imaginative ministry to children and young people".

He is married with three children and is a foster carer in his local borough.

Oxford trained

The Church of England consecrated its first female bishop in late January when Right Reverend Libby Lane, 48, was made Bishop of Stockport.

Bishop Williams replaces Rt Revd Paul Butler, who left Southwell and Nottingham in 2014 to become the Bishop of Durham.

The new bishop said his late mother Heather, who was among the first women to be an ordained priest in England in 1994, was "the most significant influence on my own faith and call to ordained ministry".

He grew up in Somerset, studied at Durham University before training for the ministry at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford.

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