Archdeacon of Lambeth Nick Baines is to be the next Bishop of Croydon.
Nick Baines, whose archdeaconry covers Waterloo, Vauxhall and Kennington, came from Leicester in 2000 to serve in this part of the Southwark Diocese. His local churches include St John's Waterloo. Bishop-designate Baines, who is married with three children, was ordained priest in 1988 and for many years he has been a regular contributor to Pause for Thought on Radio 2.
Following the surprise appointment it has been announced that Archdeacon Baines will be consecrated bishop on Thursday 8 May in Southwark Cathedral. The new bishop will be installed on the following Sunday. He succeeds Wilfred Wood who has retired to his home in Barbados.