Bishop of Crediton announces retirement date
The Bishop of Crediton, the Rt Revd Bob Evens, has announced he will retire next year.
Bishop Bob will be 65 in May 2012, and has said he will retire at the end of October. His last service will be to ordain some of Devon’s new priests next autumn.
Bishop Bob has served as a bishop, overseeing a large area of Devon, since 2004. Before that he was Archdeacon of Bath.
He was born in Plymouth, later moving to Exeter and Ilfracombe.
Bishop Bob said: ‘As a son of Devon, it has been a huge joy and privilege to serve and care for the people of this wonderful county. I have seen God at work and continue to have confidence that when filled with love and generosity, God’s people can reveal more of the Kingdom of God here on earth.’
He has many visits to make for the next 12 months and will continue to enjoy being Bishop of Crediton ‘to the full’ until his retirement, he said.
The Bishop of Exeter, Rt Revd Michael Langrish, said Bishop Bob had been loved and appreciated by all those he served. He said a celebration service for his retirement was planned for October 6 next year in Exeter Cathedral.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Bishop Bob will not be doing any further interviews on his retirement until next year.