The next Bishop of London was announced by 10 Downing Street today.
The Rt Revd Sarah Mullally, currently the Bishop of Crediton, is to take up the post, which was vacated by The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Richard Chartres, at his retirement.
Bishop Sarah said in a message to the Diocese of London that she is "both delighted and slightly terrified" at being nominated.
Speaking about the way she came to faith, she said, "Having made a commitment to follow Jesus Christ as a teenager, in the words of the hymn by Horatio Bonnar, I have found in Jesus Christ my Star and Sun. Jesus Christ has been good news for me and I look forward to sharing that with others as I come to London."
Simon Harvey said, "I'm delighted at this announcement of Bishop Sarah's appointment. It's a bold move and I'm really pleased that the Church of England is seen to be putting into practice the outcome of long debates, that there is now no office in the Church to which a woman should not be appointed. London is probably the most complicated and exciting diocese in England and Bishop Sarah will need our prayers and support as she takes up this role. Many people said that it was too soon to contemplate appointing a woman as bishop in a diocese in which a number of parishes won't be comfortable with this news. But with grace and a commitment to flourishing together, I hope that Bishop Sarah's ministry will be a wonderful blessing to us all."