BARNSLEY reverend Stephen Race has been appointed the new Bishop of Beverley.

Stephen, who is currently the Rector of the Benefice of Central Barnsley, was born in Zimbabwe during the struggle for independence, and was raised in the Anglican provinces of central and southern Africa.

Upon his appointment, he said: “I am slowly getting used to the idea that I have been called by God to be a bishop in his church and that I have been invited to take on the role and responsibility of the Bishop of Beverley.

“I look forward to meeting new colleagues and partners in the Gospel as we seek to serve the parishes and people of the Northern Province.

“It is my hope that all those who look to the Bishop of Beverley for pastoral and sacramental support may continue to be a vibrant presence within the church in order that all people may have the opportunity to hear and respond to the transformational love of Jesus Christ.

“I consider myself to be fortunate enough to have had positive and nurturing experiences of a wide variety of traditions within the church, all of which bring their own charisma and insights to our fellowship.