New Bishop of Blackburn announced

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THE new Bishop of Blackburn, who is responsible for Church of England churches across Blackpool and the Fylde, has been announced.

The Venerable Julian Henderson, who currently serves as the Archdeacon of Dorking, in Surrey, was officially appointed to the position today.

Archdeacon Henderson, 58, has previously served at church is London and Sussex, described his appointment as “extremely humbling”.

He said: “It is an honour to be entrusted with such an important and significant responsibility.

“There is a strong Christian core running through Lancashire, much like the writing in a stick of the famous Blackpool rock.

“I want to build up and encourage my fellow Christians in the region to stand up and speak out for what they believe in and to make a difference where it matters, in peoples’ lives.”

Archdeacon Henderson is married to Heather and has two grown-up children, Susannah, 27 and Jamie, 25.

He was educated at Keble college, Oxford, as has been an ordained priest since 1980.

Away from the church he enjoys gardening, design and DIY, walking, reading, tennis and cycling.