The Rev. Canon Philip Mounstephen, executive leader of the Church Mission Society since 2012, will become the 16th Bishop of Truro.

Mounstephen, 59, was ordained as a deacon in the Church of England in 1988 and as a priest the next year, serving his curacy in Gerrards Cross and Fulmer in the Diocese of Oxford.

“I am absolutely delighted to have been called to lead the Diocese of Truro in mission and ministry,” Mounstephen said. “With my family roots in Cornwall I am very well aware of what a rich Christian heritage we have. I rejoice in Cornwall’s strong sense of identity and I look forward under God into leading us in what I hope and pray will be a fruitful and exciting future.”

Mounstephen is married to Ruth, a strategic planner in the charity sector, and they have one grown daughter, who is married.

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