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Southampton Street Pastor to be next Bishop of Stafford

By administrator - Posted on 15 July 2010

A Southampton priest, who combines his parish role with a chaplaincy to the Mayflower Theatre and a Street Pastor in the south-coast port city, is to be the next Bishop of Stafford. The appointment of the Revd Canon Geoff Annas was announced today by 10 Downing Street. He succeeds the Rt Revd Gordon Mursell who was forced to retire early on health grounds


Geoff Annas was born on the 29th November 1953. His wife Ann is an ophthalmologist. They have two grown up children. He is currently Vicar of St Christopher’s Thornhill, Southampton. In addition to this he is Actors’ Church Union Chaplain of the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, a Canon of Winchester Cathedral and assistant Area Dean of Southampton. As Area Dean in addition to thinking through pastoral re-organisations, he has overseen the establishment of the Southampton Street Pastor scheme and chairs its management committee; and does a monthly duty as a Street Pastor




Prior to theological training at Salisbury and Wells and his ordination in 1983, Geoff was a senior social worker with Surrey County Council with a specialism in fostering and adoption. He was assistant intake team leader dealing with family crisis, non-accidental injury, mental health issues and vulnerable adults. He supervised team members and students and prepared and presented court reports.


Commenting on his appointment, he said: “I have to be honest in that on hearing I was going to be the new Bishop of Stafford I was quite overawed, really. It is a huge responsibility, a great privilege; but also it is really exciting because, although I don’t know the area very much I’m looking forward to getting to know it and certainly getting to know all the people there – particularly the clergy but the communities as well. I hope I have something to offer and I’m looking forward to discovering it


Canon Geoff Annas will be consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury with other bishops from the Church of England and the Anglican Communion during a special service in St Paul's Cathedral, London, on 21st September. He will be officially begin his new role when he is installed in Lichfield Cathedral on Sunday 26th September.