New bishop will take his own advice

02 November 2006

THE MAN who trains new bishops, the Revd Dr John Mantle, has himself been elected a bishop in the Scottish Episcopal Church, it was announced on Saturday.

Dr Mantle, who is to become the new Bishop of Brechin, said on Tuesday that he would be taking his own advice and reading booklets that, so far, he had only recommended to others.

As the Archbishops' adviser for bishops' ministry, Dr Mantle has been responsible for giving new bishops guidance on their induction, as well as providing them with opportunities for Continuing Minis-terial Education (CME).

The Scottish Episcopal Church has a different system from the Church of England, in that it elects its own bishops from a shortlist of previously agreed candidates at a meeting of its electoral synod.

Dr Mantle, who grew up in Brechin, said that he was delighted to be returning to Dundee.  Although he said he would not need help getting to know the area, being a bishop was a different responsibility.

He said that he believed being a bishop in the Scottish Episcopal Church was different from being a diocesan bishop in the Church of England: the Episcopal Church was much smaller, "which makes for much more intense relationships".

After working as a trainee artist at the publisher D. C. Thomson, Dr Mantle studied for the priesthood at Edinburgh Theological College, and served as assistant curate at St Mary's, Broughty Ferry.

In 1980, he was appointed Chaplain of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, before becoming staff tutor and Vice Principal of the Canterbury School of Ministry.

Dr Mantle is married with two children.

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