THE NEW Bishop of Kensington has been consecrated in a service at St Paul's Cathedral.
Paul Williams was consecrated at St Paul's on Wednesday.
The service was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Bishop of London, the Bishop of Winchester and the Bishop of Oxford.
Bishop Paul, 40, joins from the Oxford Diocese, having led one of its largest churches, St James Gerrards Cross with Fulmer in Buckinghamshire, since 1999.
He succeeds the Rt Revd Michael Colclough.
Bishop Paul said: "At a time of such deep economic uncertainty for our nation, it is a privilege to be part of a service that is infused with such great hope. "The office of bishop is an ancient ministry of the church that extends right back to New Testament times. "I believe that the church is uniquely placed to put the love of Christ on dis-play in 21st Century London, in a way that can be truly transformational for communities across the capital. As a bishop,I look forward to sharing this adventure of Christ in partnership with the Bishop of London,fellow bishops, clergy and congregations in many different and exciting settings around the diocese."
Bishop Paul is married to Sarah and they have three boys, aged five, eight and nine.
He is enthusiastic about all sport, especially football and sailing, and is keen on fell-walking and English choral music.
The Bishop of London, Dr Richard Chartres, said: "Bishop Paul brings to Kensington invaluable
experience in leadership and children's ministry and a proven background in successfully leading and growing a thriving parish.
"His skills and expertise match directly the needs of the area and the challenges that the Diocese of London faces as a whole."