Appointment of Suffragan Bishop of Beverley: 12 October 2022


The late Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of the Reverend Canon Stephen Race, Beneficiary of Central Barnsley and Regional Dean of Barnsley, in the Diocese of Leeds, to the suffragan see of Beverley, in the Diocese of York, in succession to The Very Reverend Glyn Webster after his retirement.


Stephen was educated at St Hild and St Bede College, Durham. He trained for ministry at St Stephen’s House, Oxford, and was ordained a priest in 2003.

Stephen served his title at St Mary’s Wigton, in the Diocese of Carlisle, and in 2005 was appointed Vicar of St John the Baptist, Dodworth, in the Diocese of Wakefield. He was further appointed Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO) in 2008 for the Diocese of Wakefield (and subsequently the Diocese of Leeds), having served as Assistant DDO from 2005.

Stephen was appointed Priest in Charge of St Mary’s Barnsley in 2014, and also Priest in Charge of St Edward the Confessor Barnsley and St Thomas Gawber in 2017. Following this he was licensed as Priest in Charge of St George’s Barnsley in 2018 and once pastoral reorganizations were completed, he was licensed as a Beneficiary of Central Barnsley in 2019. Stephen has been Dean of Barnsley Region since 2009 and has been an Honorary Canon of Wakefield Cathedral since 2011.


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