An image of the Venerable Janet Elizabeth McFarlane

WATCH is delighted to hear of the appointment of the ninth female bishop, the Venerable Jan Macfarlane as Bishop of Repton. Norwich’s loss is Derby’s gain.

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Venerable Janet Elizabeth McFarlane, BMedSci, BA, Archdeacon of Norwich, in the Diocese of Norwich, to the Suffragan See of Repton in the Diocese of Derby.

The announcement of the first female Bishop in Derbyshire and the East Midlands and the ninth female Bishop in the Church of England was made from Downing Street shortly after 10am this morning, Friday 26 February 2016.

Jan McFarlane will take the title Bishop of Repton, a Suffragan Bishop, working alongside the Bishop of Derby in leading the Church of England across the whole of the county.
As the second most senior appointment in the Diocese, she will be required to advise and consult with key people and organisations involved with the well-being of communities in Derbyshire.
Jan McFarlane said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been invited to become the sixth Bishop of Repton. I know Derbyshire a little having spent the first 18 years of my life in north Staffordshire and I’m looking forward to really getting to know this beautiful county and those who live and work and worship here.

“I’m passionate about the Christian faith and am energised by the challenges and opportunities we face as we learn how to adapt and grow in order to share that faith with a new generation. I’m also looking forward to getting to know the various community groups in Derby and beyond.”

Read full article from the Diocese of Derby here