The Venerable Martyn Snow has today become the Church of England’s youngest bishop at the age of 45.
Currently the Archdeacon of Sheffield, the father of three was revealed at a ceremony in Gloucester as the new Bishop of Tewkesbury.
He will be consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Westminster Cathedral on September 25 and welcomed to his new diocese at a service in Gloucester Cathedral on October 12.
Introducing him to Gloucestershire diocesan workers and clergy at Parliament House in Gloucester, the Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Rev Michael Perham, said: “He will, for a while, hold the title of being the youngest bishop in the Church of England.”
Indonesian-born Bishop Snow, who was ordained in 1995, spent most of his working life as a priest in the Sheffield and Rotherham diocese apart from three years as a vicar and youth chaplain in West Africa.
Bishop Snow is married to Lynn, a paediatrician, and she and the couple’s three children, Roxanna, 11, Fraser, ten, and Wesley, eight, all attended today’s Press conference to announce his appointment.
Bishop Perham thanked him and his family for keeping the appointment secret for the last six weeks. “They have lived for six weeks with one of those awful secrets while the Church of England takes longer than anyone else to make an announcement,” he said.
“In the end it’s the Queen’s fault, I think! She signed the final document last Friday before jumping on the train to Balmoral.”
Bishop Snow said it was a “privilege and honour” to receive the appointment and he would now have to work fast to learn about Gloucestershire.
“I’ve spent the last 12 years in Sheffield. All three of my children were born there and have good Yorkshire accents,” he said.
“We are running a little competition in the family to see who will be the first to develop a good Gloucestershire accent.”