Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani to be Bishop of Chelmsford


Downing Street has announced that Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani will be the next Bishop of Chelmsford, succeeding the Stephen Cottrell, who became Archbishop of York earlier this year.
Bishop Guli Francis-Dehqani

Bishop Guli is currently Bishop of Loughborough in the Diocese of Leicester, a post she has occupied since late 2017.

She said “It is a great privilege to be appointed as the next Bishop of Chelmsford. I know there are many challenges ahead both in the church and wider society, not least as a result of the pandemic. However, I am hopeful about the future. As Christian communities, I believe our task is to be faithful; to share the good news of Jesus Christ and to continue serving the world; to work well together and in partnership with others. In doing this, we’ll discover the extent of God’s love.

“I want to thank my friends and colleagues in Leicester Diocese where I have been very happy. I will be sad to say goodbye, but at the same time I am very excited about this next chapter in my ministry.”

For full details, read the announcement from the Diocese of Chelmsford.

Read the announcement from Downing Street.