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The Revd Rosie Woodall to become Interim Chaplain to the Bishop of Chelmsford

12th May 2021

The Revd Rosie Woodall will become Interim Chaplain to the Bishop of Chelmsford from 1 August this year. Rosie is currently Chaplain to the Bishop of Leicester, a role she has occupied since May 2017.

The position of Chaplain to the Bishop of Chelmsford has been vacant since November 2019 and Rosie will play a key role supporting Bishop Guli in the early part of her ministry as Bishop of Chelmsford. As well as providing pastoral and spiritual support to diocesan bishops, chaplains also provide strategic and practical guidance and support, and represent the diocesan bishop at meetings, services and events.

Ahead of Rosie starting her role on 1 August, the former Chelmsford Diocesan Director of Ordinands, the Revd Canon Philip Need will provide part time chaplaincy support for Bishop Guli.

Commenting on the appointments, Bishop Guli said:

"I am grateful that I will have the support of Philip and then Rosie during this important period as I begin my ministry in Essex and East London.

Philip knows the Diocese extremely well having served as Diocesan Director of Ordinands for many years until his retirement in 2020. I am very grateful for the wisdom he has shared and the support he has already given me in recent weeks.

I know Rosie well from my time in Leicester Diocese and I’m delighted that she will be joining us here in Essex and East London. She is an experienced bishop’s chaplain and will be a great support to me, the Bishop’s Staff Team and the wider diocesan family. I hope she will feel very welcome in our Diocese.

I am particularly grateful that Rosie has offered to support me on an interim basis. This will give me the time to recruit a permanent chaplain once I have settled into my own role and will allow Rosie to continue to discern what God is calling her to do next."

Speaking about her appointment, the Revd Rosie Woodall said:

"I am excited to begin this new chapter in my ministry, including of course meeting and getting to know new colleagues across Essex and East London. It has been a huge privilege to support Bishop Martyn and I have learned a great deal from my time as Bishop’s Chaplain in Leicester Diocese. I will be sad to say goodbye to colleagues, but I look forward to this new challenge, supporting Bishop Guli."