The Bishop for Northamptonshire has been given a prestigious new role by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.
The Rt Revd Donald Allister is the Bishop of Peterborough, but his diocese also covers Northamptonshire.
He has been appointed Chair of the Council for Christian Unity (CCU).
The CCU advises the Archbishops’ Council on relations with other Christian denominations, and encourages local churches of different denominations to work together.
He takes up his role in June next year, and succeeds the Rt Revd Christopher Hill, Bishop of Guildford.
Speaking of his appointment, Bishop Donald said: “I feel deeply honoured to be asked by our Archbishops to follow Bishop Christopher as Chair of CCU.
“It has been a joy to serve on the Council since 2006 and, through that, to get to know and work with many of our ecumenical partners.
“Ecumenism properly understood – the sharing of faith, love, worship and witness rather than the bureaucracy – is vital. God is one and calls his people to be one and to love one another so that the world may believe.”
Bishop Christopher said he welcomed the news of the appointment of his successor. “He has been a wonderful colleague on the CCU and in some detailed work we have done together.
“I shall leave the Chairmanship in the middle of next year with very positive feelings about its direction for the future with Bishop Donald.”