The new Bishop of Burnley was unveiled today to the people of the town.
The Rev. Philip North (47), who is currently team rector of the Parish of Old Pancras in the Camden area of North London, replaces the Rt Rev. John Goddard, who retired in July.
He was welcomed by the Bishop of Blackburn, Rt Rev. Julian Henderson at a small service held at the Burnley Faith Centre.
Looking forward to moving to East Lancashire, the life-long Arsenal supporter said: “It is a great pleasure to be here and a daunting privilege to be appointed Bishop of Burnley.
“I am very excited about sharing in the ministry of the church and the life of the community in this region. It is really good to be returning to the north of the country where I began my ministry, and especially to be coming to Lancashire with its diverse communities, stunning countryside and terrific football!”
He added: “One of my great passions is work with young people and here there is so much to build on, not least with the Diocese’s fantastic network of church schools.
“In 2013 Burnley was awarded the title City of Enterprise and I think that award can provide inspiration for us as a Diocese.”
Philip North will be consecrated at York Minister on February 2nd, 2015. The bishop-elect was born in north London and after leaving school studied history at the University of York.