It has been announced that the Queen has approved the nomination of the Venerable Jackie Searle, Archdeacon of Gloucester, as the suffragan Bishop of Crediton in the Diocese of Exeter. Whilst this news is bittersweet for the Diocese of Gloucester, it is wonderful news for the Diocese of Exeter and for the Church. I know that today will be one of much rejoicing.
Jackie came to the Diocese in 2012 and over the past six years many people have appreciated and benefitted from her pastoral care, wisdom, practical advice and support, theological reflection and teaching, always rooted in her deep commitment to Jesus Christ. Thus, in our sadness at saying farewell there is much thanksgiving for Jackie and all she has enabled and supported.
Jackie’s consecration will take place at Southwark Cathedral in London on September 27th and there will be more information in due course.
There will be a leaving service in Gloucester Cathedral on September 4th at 7pm when as a diocese we will be able to officially thank Jackie and bid her farewell. All are welcome.
For now, please pray for Jackie and her husband David Runcorn in this time of transition. David will continue his ministry in the Diocese of Gloucester until the end of the year.
Please visit the diocesan website to read statements from Archdeacon Jackie, the Dean and the Bishop of Exeter.