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The Right Reverend Libby Lane 2007- 2015

The Revd Libby Lane MA (Oxon.)

2007 - 2015

Fromt left to right

Revd George Lane, Chaplain at Manchester Airport & Libby's husband
Rt Revd Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York
Rt Revd Libby Lane, Bishop of Stockport

Libby was the Vicar of St Peter’s Hale and St Elizabeth’s Ashley, in the Diocese of Chester, from April 2007 to 26 January 2015 when she was consecrated the first women Bishop in the Church of England by Archbishop of York John Sentamu at a service in York Minister.

Libby was installed as the eighth Bishop of Stockport by The Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster, Bishop of Chester at a service in Chester Cathedral on 8 March supported by over 200 parishioners from Hale and Ashley.

After school in Manchester and University at Oxford, Libby trained for ministry at Cranmer Hall in Durham. She was ordained a deacon in 1993 and a priest in 1994, serving her curacy in Blackburn, Lancashire.

Prior to moving to Hale, Libby was Team Vicar in the Stockport South West Team, and Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands in the Diocese of Chester, advising and supporting those considering a vocation to ministry in the church.  She continues to be a Bishop’s Selection Advisor.

Libby has served in the Diocese of York, as Chaplain in hospital and further education, and as Family Life Officer for the Committee for Social Responsibility in the Diocese of Chester.  in January 2010 Libby was made Dean of Women in Ministry for the Diocese and later become one of eight clergy women from the Church of England elected as Participant Observers in the House of Bishops, as the representative from the Dioceses of the North West.

Her husband, George, is also a priest; they were one of the first married couples in the Church of England to be ordained together. George is Coordinating Chaplain at Manchester Airport, licensed in the Diocese of Manchester. They have two grown up children in higher education.

Her interests include being a school governor, encouraging social action initiatives, learning to play the saxophone, supporting Manchester United, reading and doing cryptic crosswords.

Everyone at St Peter's Hale are delighted and very proud of Libby and know that she will make an excellent Bishop and wish her every success.

If you have any media enquiries please click here to contact Stephen Regan, Director of Communications, Diocese of Chester.

Click here for the Press Release
Click here for the anouncement from the Prime Minister
Click here to watch a video made on the day of the announcement that Libby was to be the first female Bishop of the Church of England


Rt Revd Libby Lane, Bishop of Stockport and The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby Archbishop of Canterbury January 2015

Rt Revd Libby Lane and parishioners from St Peter's Hale and St Elizabeth's Ashley March 2015