Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

Bishop Guli

On 11 March 2021, the Rt Rev Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani was confirmed as the new Bishop of Chelmsford at a prayerful and historic service.led by the Archbishop of Canterbury. A recording of the service can be watched below.



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10 Downing Street announced Bishop Guli's appointment as Bishop of Chelmsford on 17 December 2020. She has served as the Bishop of Loughborough in the Diocese of Leicester since late 2017. 

Speaking about her appointment, Bishop Guli 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

Read the news post about Bishop Guli's appointment

Timetable for the start of Bishop Guli's Ministry in Chelmsford Diocese

11th March  -   Confirmation of Election as Bishop of Chelmsford

This prayerful and historic ceremony made Bishop Guli legally our Diocesan Bishop.  It was presided over by The Archbishop of Canterbury and took place on Zoom. In attendance were members of Bishop’s Staff, Bishop’s Council, The Diocesan Registrar, The College of Canons, Area Deans, Lay Chairs, the Diocesan Office Senior Leadership Team and the Vacancy and See Committee

12 March to Easter Day  

Bishop Guli completes her ministry as Bishop of Loughborough. Legal authority for oversight of this diocese remains delegated to Bishop Peter until 19 April.

19 April

Bishop Guli begins her ministry as Diocesan Bishop but will not fully move in to Bishopscourt with her family until the summer.

Early September

It is hoped to hold the public Welcome and Installation service for Bishop Guli in the cathedral.



Introducing Bishop Guli

Bishop Guli recorded a special introductory video for our Diocese that was published on the day of her announcement as the next Bishop of Chelmsford.


Welcome video to our new Bishop

People from around the Diocese of Chelmsford created a special welcome video for our new Bishop.


Online Events to mark Bishop Guli’s Announcement

On 17 December, 2020, Bishop Guli was welcomed to Essex and East London through a series of online events


Meeting with St Mary's Prittlewell C of E primary school

Bishop Guli met with pupils and teachers of St Mary's Prittlewell C of E Primary school 



An online service at Chelmsford Cathedral

Bishop Guli attended an online service at Chelmsford Cathedral hosted by Dean of Chelmsford, The Very Rev Nicholas Henshall.


In Conversation with Bishop Guli

Hosted by Bishop Peter


Please share your own welcome message to Bishop Guli on social media using #WelcomeBishopGuli

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