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Suffragan Bishop of Bradford: Toby Matthew Howarth

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Reverend Canon Toby Matthew Howarth to the Suffragan See of Bradford.

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The Queen has approved the nomination of the Reverend Canon Toby Matthew Howarth, MA, PhD, National Adviser for Inter Religious Affairs and Archbishop of Canterbury’s Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs, to the Suffragan See of Bradford in the newly created diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.

Reverend Canon Toby Matthew Howarth

The Reverend Canon Toby Howarth (aged 52), studied first at Yale University and then at Birmingham University for his MA, before conducting research in India for a PhD in Islamic preaching through the Free University of Amsterdam. He trained for the ordained ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and The Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham. He served his curacy at St Augustine’s, Derby from 1992 to 1995. From 1995 to 2000 he was a research student at the Henry Martyn Centre for Reconciliation and Inter Faith Relations in Hyderabad, India, and then Evangelist at the Pilgrim Father’s Church, Rotterdam from 2000 to 2002. On his return to England in 2002 he became Tutor and then Vice Principal at Crowther Hall, the CMS Training College at Selly Oak until 2004. From 2004 to 2011 he was Priest-in-Charge at Springfield in Birmingham Diocese. He is an Honorary Canon at All Saints Cathedral, Cairo. From 2005 he served also as Inter Faith Advisor to the Bishop of Birmingham before taking up his current role in 2011 as Archbishop of Canterbury’s Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs and National Adviser for Inter Religious Affairs for the Church of England.

He is married to Henriette, who is from the Netherlands and ordained in the Church of England. They have three daughters: Franciska aged 17, Lucy aged 15 and Tamar aged 12. His interests include music, travelling, walking and spending time with family and friends.

Published 26 August 2014