THE new Bishop of Lincoln, who was born in a north-eastern steel town, says he is looking forward to life in the countryside.
The Venerable Christopher Lowson has been confirmed the 72nd Bishop of Lincoln.
Born in the 1953 in Consett, he was confirmed at the age of 13, and on taking up his latest post he will be ordained a bishop by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
He will be joined in the county with his wife Susan, who together have two grown-up children.
On Friday, he enjoyed a visit to the county ahead of officially take up his duties later in the year.
He said: “Susan and I are looking forward to being much closer to the countryside.”
“It was a great honour to be invited to be Bishop of Lincoln, and my immediate instinct was to accept,” he added.
“It is daunting to be part of a great tradition of people who have all left their legacy in the Diocese, and I pray that I can live up to this great challenge. We’re very much looking forward moving to Lincoln, and exploring the wonderful diversity in the Diocese, and to leading God’s work here.”