CMS UK Leader Appointed as Bishop of Winchester

Posted by Sarah Caughey on Mon, 19 Sep 2011 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

After 11 years of service, Community Leader Rev Canon Tim Dakin has been appointed to be Bishop of Winchester and is to assume his new role in early 2012. CMS Ireland joins with CMS UK and many others in celebrating this appointment.

The chair of trustees for CMS UK, John Ripley, commented: “It is great news for Tim and the family and we wish them every blessing in their new move with God. The time will come to reflect on Tim’s contribution to CMS as he has led us through many changes and has played an important part in setting out a path and foundation for where God will lead us next – meanwhile we thank him for his dedication and know that ‘Sharing Jesus, Changing Lives’ will continue to inspire and motivate us all.”

CMS Ireland Mission Director Ronnie Briggs adds his congratulations and prayers for Tim as he prepares to take up this new position,

“I am delighted to hear that Tim has been appointed as the Bishop of Winchester. We have known each other for many years, frequently bumping into one another in Nairobi! On behalf of CMS Ireland, I warmly congratulate him on this appointment. He and his family can be assured of our prayers as he prepares to take up this new role in early 2012.”

Speaking about his recent appointment, Rev Canon Tim Dakin shares,

“To be asked to be Bishop of Winchester is an amazing privilege and a wonderful opportunity to serve God’s mission in a new way. I’ve lived in southern England for a lot of my life. The Diocese is an ancient one, and can trace its roots to the mission of St Birinus in the 7th century. Winchester has been the seat of Saxon Kings, notably Alfred, and was a focus for Anglo-Saxon Christianity. Later it became one of the centres for the flowering of Norman Christianity. Today, the Diocese includes a number of cities and towns (Basingstoke, Winchester, Southampton and Bournemouth) and is a mixture of rural, commuter and locally based economies. The Diocese has strong links across the Anglican Communion and works closely with its neighbouring Dioceses: Chichester, Guildford, Oxford, Portsmouth and Salisbury.

“…At this stage I want to thank all those who have encouraged me and prayed for me during my time at CMS. I shall take with me a passion for the mission of Jesus, a commitment to mission-shaped church, including mission societies, and a love of the Anglican Communion.”

Please join with us in praying for Tim and his family at this exciting time. We also remember the CMS UK Staff, giving thanks for the contribution that Tim has made to the ministry of the organisation and asking God to provide the right person to appoint to the role of Chief Executive and Community Leader for this next stage in the Society’s history.