New Bishop of Grantham revealed at town school

The Rev Dr Nicholas Alan Chamberlain becomes the new Bishop of Grantham.

The Rev Dr Nicholas Alan Chamberlain becomes the new Bishop of Grantham.

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The new Bishop of Grantham was revealed today when he made an appearance at a school in the town.

The Rev Dr Nicholas Alan Chamberlain was introduced to dignitaries at Little Gonerby Church of England Infant School.

The new Bishop of Grantham, the Rt Rev Dr Nicholas Alan Chamberlain, second from left, is pictured at Little Gonerby School with from left, Rector of Grantham Fr Stuart Cradduck, the Bishop of Lincoln the Rt Rev Christopher Lowson, the Bishop of Grimsby, the Rt Rev David Court, and headteacher Helen Hilton. Pupils are Amelia Bennett, 6, and Joshua Gallaher, 6.

The new Bishop of Grantham, the Rt Rev Dr Nicholas Alan Chamberlain, second from left, is pictured at Little Gonerby School with from left, Rector of Grantham Fr Stuart Cradduck, the Bishop of Lincoln the Rt Rev Christopher Lowson, the Bishop of Grimsby, the Rt Rev David Court, and headteacher Helen Hilton. Pupils are Amelia Bennett, 6, and Joshua Gallaher, 6.

The Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Rev Christopher Lowson, introduced the new Bishop who takes over from the Rt Rev Tim Ellis, who resigned in September 2013.

The Revd Dr Chamberlain becomes the 12th suffragan Bishop of Grantham, and will have pastoral oversight of the archdeaconry of Boston, but will also have a diocese-wide role of developing and encouraging ordained and lay ministry.

The Rev Dr Chamberlain has been vicar of the parish of St George and St Hilda, Jesmond, in the Diocese of Newcastle, for nine years.

On taking up the role, he told the Journal: “I am extremely excited and just a little bit nervous. I think it is most important to get to know people first and to meet the clergy, the congregations and the wider community.

“I am entirely new to Lincolnshire and until I have got to know people it is too early to come along with preconceived ideas.

“There is a reason for being in this school today. It’s one of the ways the church works within the community. Education is hugely important in the community and this job is about the whole of the community.”

The Rt Rev Lowson said: “Nicholas comes to the area with significant experience. He brings personal qualities of spiritual depth and intellectual capabilities to the role.”