The Anglican Bishop of Wolverhampton, the Right Revd Clive Gregory, has announced his retirement. Bishop Clive has overseen the Episcopal Area of Wolverhampton – which encompasses Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell and southern Staffordshire – since April 2007.
Bishop Clive said, ‘After sustained and prayerful reflection over a considerable period of time, I have discerned that this is the right time for me to step aside as Bishop of Wolverhampton. It has been a privilege to serve in this role for the past 16 years and I will take with me many fond memories of the wonderful colleagues that I have served with, the faithfulness and inspirational witness of clergy and laity alike across the diverse churches of the Wolverhampton Episcopal Area, and of the City of Wolverhampton itself, a very happy home for my family and I.’
‘This role is a very demanding one and becoming increasingly so, as the challenges that the Church of England faces become more onerous and complex. I believe that someone with different gifts, new vision, and fresh energy will be best placed to join Bishop Michael and the senior staff team in leading both Area and Diocese onwards.’
‘I will be excited to discover where God is leading me on my path of discipleship and will hold the people of the Diocese, and of the Black Country and South Staffordshire in my heart as we journey into God’s future.’
There will be a farewell to Bishop Clive from the Episcopal Area and Diocese at St Matthew’s, Walsall, at 4.00pm on Sunday 2 April. He will then preach at the Chrism Eucharist at Lichfield Cathedral on Thursday 6 April before his last parish service at St Peter’s, Wolverhampton, on Easter Sunday morning, 9 April.