The Bishop of Liverpool, Paul Bayes, announced he will retire next February after eight years as Bishop of Liverpool.
He said “I’m deeply grateful to God for the years spent ministering alongside my outstanding colleagues and friends here in Liverpool Diocese. The time has come to prepare for a new chapter in life and ministry, and to contribute in a different way.”
Bishop Bayes has spoken out on a number of social justice issues including matters of food injustice and debt and is a leading proponents of gay rights in the Church of England.
While the diocese is in vacancy the Bishop of Warrington, Bev Mason, will be the episcopal lead.