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New Bishop of Ramsbury admitted to the College of Canons

Posted By : Marie Thomas Friday 25th January 2019

Photo:The Right Revd. Dr Andrew Paul Rumsey (courtesy of Southwark Diocese Communications)


The new Bishop of Ramsbury, The Right Revd. Dr Andrew Paul Rumsey was admitted to the Cathedral's College of Canons at Evensong on Saturday (26 January), the day after being ordained as the new Bishop of Ramsbury by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Southwark Cathedral.


The Cathedral's College of Canons has over 50 Lay and Non-Residentiary Canons from all walks of life, reflecting a broad range of opinion and experience. Each canon has his or her own a stall in the Cathedral Quire and the College meets twice yearly to advise and provide feedback on Cathedral activities and policy decisions made by Chapter, the Cathedral’s governing body. 


Bishop Andrew is the 17th Bishop to hold the ancient title of Bishop of Ramsbury and the 6th bishop to hold the title since it came back into use in the 1970s. Following his ordination Bishop Andrew said:

“How good to be here. Having been duly ordained, installed and welcomed, I’m so glad to be embarking on ministry with you in the Diocese of Salisbury.

“The ancient see of Ramsbury reaches back to the year 909 and hallows a landscape with such a rich and mysterious spirituality. I have been pouring over maps of Wiltshire and marvelling at the variegated nature of our new home - and enjoying the poetry of its place-names! 


Bishop Andrew will share in ministry and mission across the Diocese with the Bishop of Salisbury and the Bishop of Sherborne.  One of his responsibilities will be to chair the new Mission and Ministry Council.


Bishop Andrew said:

“The Church of England’s claim to be ‘a Christian presence in every community’ is well-founded and I hope my role will be to encourage and extend this presence, which is a priceless legacy and so vital in our unsettled times. It will be a privilege to come to know you, congregations and communities

“People will be my first priority, as I travel the area, chair the new Mission and Ministry Council and work with Bishop Nicholas, Bishop Karen and Archdeacons Alan and Sue, to support the life and faith of the local church.

“God is in this place, and I look forward to us serving him together.”


Bishop Andrew, is the author of the highly acclaimed Parish – An Anglican theology of place. He is married to Rebecca, who was born in Marlborough, and they have three children: Grace (17), Jonah (15) and Talitha (12).


The Bishop of Salisbury, The Right Revd Nicholas Holtam said:

“The life and work of a Bishop is a serious calling, walking close to God with people on your heart and overseeing the Church in the Diocese of Salisbury. We are glad to welcome Andrew Rumsey as he comes among us as Bishop of Ramsbury.  

“We hope that he, Rebecca and their children will quickly feel at home here and that Andrew will minister to the people of Wiltshire he has come to serve.”


The Bishop of Sherborne, The Right Revd Karen Gorham said:

‘It is a joy to welcome Andrew and I look forward to working with him as we, led by Bishop Nicholas, continue to serve the communities and churches of Dorset and Wiltshire.’

The new Bishop comes from a long line of clergy and his father was ordained at Southwark Cathedral in 1961. He was Team Rector of St Mary, Oxted in Surrey. His appointment was announced by Downing Street in October last year.


Any enquiries regarding the Bishop of Ramsbury should be directed to Carole Peters-King, Director of Communications, Diocese of Salisbury by email: or landline: 01722438652. For any further information contact Marie Thomas on 01722555148 or