Eleanor to become bishop in New Zealand

April 26, 2017 | 0 Comments | Filed under: 2017, May 2017


Eleanor Sanderson, whose grandparents Joe and Lilian Chapman lived in Sherwood Road, Tideswell, is to be consecrated as a bishop in New Zealand.

The Rev Canon Dr Eleanor Sanderson, who grew up in Bradwell and Litton, will take up her new role as Assistant Bishop of Wellington after her consecration on June 2. She will be the fourth female bishop in the Anglican Church of New Zealand.

A former student of Hope Valley College and Lady Manners School, she moved to New Zealand 17 years ago after being sponsored by Bakewell Rotary Club for a prestigious Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study in Wellington in 1999-2000.

She has a first class honours degree in geography from Bristol University, two master’s degrees and a PhD, travelling widely for research in Africa, Melanesia and America, and publishing her African story for the Mothers’ Union.

Eleanor (née Grourk) worked in Eyam Church as a youth worker before travelling abroad. She was ordained in 2006, currently serving as vicar of St Alban’s, Eastbourne, near Wellington.

Eleanor will assist the Bishop of Wellington the Right Rev Justin Duckworth, who said: “We are so thankful to Ellie and her family for saying ‘yes’ to God’s call. We see a strength and depth of leadership in her that we believe will help catalyse a next generation of leaders among us.”

Married to Tim, a New Zealander, Eleanor is 40 and has two sons, Zachary and Joseph, aged nine and seven.

Eleanor’s late grandfather Joseph Chapman was a joiner and cabinet-maker whose workshop is now the Vanilla Kitchen. Eleanor’s mother Jane Chapman, who farms near Chapel-en-le-Frith, will attend the consecration.

Jane said: “Eleanor still retains a strong warmth of feeling and close links with her home community. She has preached in Tideswell Parish Church on visits home and loves to come back to her roots.”




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