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Barking Bishop set to retire

The Right Reverend Peter Hill will retire in August (Credit: Chelmsford Diocese)

The Right Reverend Peter Hill has announced he will retire from his role as the Bishop of Barking.

He has held the position since 2014 and has been responsible for overseeing the Church of England in East London and parts of Essex.

He had intended to retire last year but agreed to stay in post and stand in as the Bishop of Chelmsford.

Following the appointment of Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehan as the new Diocesan Bishop, Rt Revd Peter has confirmed his retirement for the 4th of August.

He said, “It will be tough to leave an Area, a Diocese and so many people we have grown to love and appreciate, especially at such a demanding and exciting time for the Gospel.”

Bishop Peter plans to move to Nottinghamshire to be closer to his grandchildren.

He said, “After saying our goodbyes we look forward to what the Lord has ahead for us in the East Midlands, as we return to another diocese we love and which formed us in ministry.

“It was a real Godly surprise and privilege to be called to East London and Essex and it has been a great discipleship adventure.

“The Barking Episcopal Area and the Diocese of Chelmsford will always be in my heart and prayers.”

Bishop Peter’s retirement service will take place at Chelmsford Cathedral on 4 July.

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