The Rt. Rev. Libby Lane, appointed as Suffragan Bishop of Stockport in 2014, will now be Bishop of Derby.

Derbyshire is a “place that holds my heart,” the bishop said, because she grew up in the county. Her installation service is scheduled in Derby Cathedral after Easter. Lane, the mother of two children, was the first woman to join the House of Bishops.

“I grew up here, my vocation was fostered here. Derbyshire nurtured me and brought me to faith and I want to love Derbyshire back,” she said. “I want to lead a church in Derbyshire where people find hope because they know they are loved by God in Christ, and I pray that hope sets us free to live our lives in ways that bring change for good.”

Bishop Lane replaces the Rt. Rev. Alastair Redfern, who retired in August and was widely known for campaigning against modern-day slavery.

John Martin

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