Today Right Reverend David Walker has been named as The Bishop of Manchester, and leading charity The Lesbian & Gay Foundation have welcomed him back to the city.
The Right Reverend David Walker, 56, is currently the Bishop of Dudley in the Diocese of Worcester and is a former pupil of Manchester Grammar School. He will replace the Right Reverend Nigel McCullough, who retired in January after 10 years as Bishop of Manchester.
Bishop Walker commented; “I was born and grew up here and I’m delighted that I will now have the opportunity to give something back to the place that gave me my start in life.”
Leading Manchester-based charity The Lesbian & Gay Foundation have welcomed the appointment. Chief Executive Paul Martin OBE, comments;
“We warmly welcome Bishop David Walker back to Manchester and we are looking forward to working with him and learning about his plans for continued dialogue and engagement with the city’s significant LGB&T community.
“In its recruitment, The Diocese of Manchester made clear that it was specifically looking for a Bishop willing to continue working with the LGB&T community.
“We had an excellent relationship with the previous Bishop, Nigel McCulloch, and in December 2012 made him a Homo Hero in recognition of his work in challenging homophobia in the Diocese of Manchester.
“I have contacted Bishop David this morning to request an early meeting to discuss his plans and to welcome him back to the City.”
More information can be found at www.manchester.anglican.org/bishop.