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10 October 2008
Nottingham alumnus is the new Bishop of Bangor

The new Bishop of Bangor is Nottingham alumnus the Venerable Andrew John, who graduated in Theology at the University 20 years ago.

Archbishop of Wales Dr Barry Morgan with the New Bishop of Bangor - The Venerable Andrew John  The New Bishop of Bangor - The Venerable Andrew John

The announcement was made by the Archbishop of Wales Dr Barry Morgan on the steps of Bangor Cathedral at 12.40pm on 9 October.

An electoral college of 46 people, including four Welsh diocesan bishops, spent a three-day “lock-in” at Bangor Cathedral to decide on the appointment and the news ended weeks of speculation about who would take up the post.

Dr Morgan said it gave him great pleasure to announce the name of the 81st Bishop of Bangor who takes over from Rt Rev Anthony Crockett who died in June. He had become the first bishop in the UK to have been divorced and remarried.

Andrew John, 44, grew up in Aberystwyth and graduated in Law at the University of Wales, Cardiff, in 1986,  Theology at Nottingham in 1988 followed by a Diploma in Pastoral Studies in 1989 at St John's College, Nottingham. He was ordained as a deacon in 1989 and as priest in the Diocese of St Davids in 1990 and has served all his ministry in that diocese.

He was a curate for Cardigan, Y Ferwg and Mwnt from 1989 to 1991. He was a curate for Aberystwyth from 1991-1992. He served as vicar in the Rectoral Benefice of Aberystwyth from 1992 to 1999.

He was vicar for Henfynyw with Aberaeron & Llanddewi Aberarth from 1999 to 2005 – a parish which expanded in 2005 to include Llanbadarn Trefeglwys. More recently, he has been vicar of Pencarreg & Llanycrwys since 2006 and Archdeacon of Cardigan since 2006.

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