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Norfolk vicar set to become Bishop of Grimsby 

2014 - 10 Downing Street has this morning (May 9) announced that Her Majesty the Queen has approved the appointment of The Revd Canon Dr David Court, Vicar of Cromer, Rural Dean of Repps and Honorary Canon of Norwich Cathedral as Bishop of Grimsby in the Diocese of Lincoln.

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Canon Court, aged 55, is a Norfolk man who grew up in Norwich before he moved away and returned to Norwich as a priest in 1997 and is well known within the Diocese of Norwich. Married to Ann, they have two grown-up sons Jonathan (27) and Matt (25), and a daughter Naomi (14).
 
Speaking of the move he said: “I will miss Cromer, Norfolk and the Diocese of Norwich enormously. It has been tremendous to live and minister here but I am very excited by the fresh opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. The Diocese of Norwich has been a wonderful place to live and work and I am grateful for the support and encouragement of Bishop Graham and so many others”.
 
As Bishop of Grimsby, David will have a strategic leadership role across the whole of Lincolnshire to co-ordinate and develop diocesan mission through parishes, schools, chaplaincies, projects and with partner organisations. “I was honoured to be offered this role, and I’m very excited about the opportunities to further the work of mission in historic Lincolnshire,” said David.
 
The Bishop of Norwich, The Rt Revd Graham James, has expressed his delight at the appointment. He said: “I am delighted that David’s gifts have been recognised by the wider Church and that he will serve as one of our bishops in the Diocese of Lincoln.  He has been hugely appreciated as Vicar of Cromer and built one of the largest congregations in the Diocese.  We will miss him enormously but pray for him and Ann and their family as they begin this new adventure in the service of the gospel.”
 
David grew up in Norwich and attended Heartsease High School, the forerunner of the Open Academy and is almost certainly the first Church of England bishop to have been educated there.  He read electro-chemistry at Southampton University and went on to complete a doctorate before deciding to teach. 
 
While at university, he explored the Christian faith, and soon made a commitment as a Christian. He became a chemistry and physics teacher at a rural comprehensive school in Oundle, Rutland.
 
His sense of vocation to be a priest grew and he was ordained in 1991, serving first in the Diocese of Peterborough and then the Diocese of Salisbury before returning to be the Vicar of St Catherine’s, Mile Cross in Norwich in 1997.  He became the Vicar of Cromer in 2003 and is Rural Dean of Repps as well as an Honorary Canon of Norwich Cathedral
 
Canon Court will be consecrated as Bishop of Grimsby in St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday July 25.

Pictured above is Canon David Court with the Bishop of Norwich.
 


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