Press release

Suffragan See of Hertford

Approval of the nomination of the Reverend Canon Paul Bayes to the Suffragan See of Hertford, in the Diocese of St Albans.

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Reverend Canon Paul Bayes, the Church of England’s National Mission and Evangelism Adviser and an Honorary Canon of Worcester Cathedral, to the Suffragan See of Hertford, in the Diocese of St Albans, in succession to the Right Reverend Christopher Richard James Foster, MA, on his translation to the See of Portsmouth on 16 April 2010.

Notes for Editors

The Reverend Canon Paul Bayes (aged 56) studied for the ordained ministry at Queen’s College Birmingham. He served his curacy at St Paul’s Whitley Bay in Newcastle diocese from 1979 to 1982. From 1982 to 1987 he was a University Chaplain in the West London Chaplaincy in the diocese of London. From 1987 to 1990 he served as a Team Vicar at High Wycombe in the diocese of Oxford and then as Team Rector there from 1990 to 1994. From 1995 to 2004 he was Team Rector of Totton in Winchester diocese. From 2000 to 2004 he was Area Dean of Lyndhurst. Since 2004 he has been a member of the staff of the Archbishops’ Council, working as National Mission and Evangelism Adviser. In 2007 he was appointed an Honorary Canon of Worcester Cathedral.

Paul Bayes is married to Kate, a drama teacher. They have three grown-up children.

His particular concern is to find good ways of communicating the Christian faith within popular culture. His recreations include walking, reading, laughter and conversation.

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