The Right Rev’d John Stead appointed as Bishop of Willochra
Adelaide Archbishop Dr Jeffrey Driver has expressed his congratulations to the Diocese of Willochra and his delight at the appointment of the Right Rev’d John Stead as the new Bishop of Willochra.
Yesterday the Synod of Willochra met at Melrose and elected the Right Rev’d John Stead as the seventh Bishop of Willochra.
John Stead is currently the Assistant Bishop of Bathurst based in Dubbo but will take up his position in Willochra sometime in June.
Speaking about John Stead’s appointment, the Administrator of the Diocese of Willochra, Archdeacon Michael Hillier, said the Diocese had been without a Bishop since early October.
“Nominations commenced soon after the position became vacant and a number of candidates were considered with the process culminating yesterday in the election by Synod of John Stead.”
“The Synod is delighted about the appointment and we look forward to John having a long and fruitful ministry in our midst.”
“John Stead comes to us as an experienced priest and Bishop of several years standing. He was ordained in 1996 and consecrated a Bishop in 2009.”
Bishop John Stead is married to Jan and they have two adult sons.
“Both Jan and I are thrilled about my election to the position of Bishop of Willochra,” John said.
“We are humbled by the call from the Synod and are looking forward to the ministry that we will be exercising in the Diocese of Willochra.”