Bishop of Lynn designate Dr Jane Steen with her husband Pip. Picture: Diocese of Norwich

The Venerable Dr Jane Steen, current Archdeacon of Southwark, will be the next Bishop of King’s Lynn.

She will be the first female bishop not only in Lynn, but in Norfolk and Waveney, the Diocese of Norwich has said. 

Her appointment was announced today (Wednesday) and a spokesman said Dr Steen will also be the first suffragan bishop to have been consecrated in Norwich Cathedral for more than 100 years when the ceremony takes place on Wednesday, June 23.

Suffragan bishops are usually consecrated in London and York but there have been changes due to the pandemic.

Dr Steen studied at Newnham and Trinity Colleges, Cambridge, and Westcott House theological college. She was a curate in the Diocese of St Albans before moving to Southwark as chaplain to Bishop Tom Butler.

Her move to the Diocese of Norwich follows more than 20 years of ministry in the Diocese of Southwark. Since 2013, she has been the Archdeacon and was previously Canon Chancellor of Southwark Cathedral and director of ministerial education.

Dr Steen, who has an LLM in Canon Law from the University of Cardiff, was the Bishop of Southwark’s chaplain for five years. 

Married to Pip, she enjoys walking, reading and gardening. The couple have said they are looking forward to the move to new pastures.

Dr Steen said she was “honoured and delighted” to be the next Bishop of Lynn and was looking forward to the new ministry.

“It will be a privilege to minister with the clergy and laity of the Lynn archdeaconry and to serve the wider life of north and West Norfolk.

“I feel very blessed to be calling this area home after several lovely holidays and I will enjoy getting to know people and places better,” she said.

Bishop Graham, the Bishop of Norwich, said she had a “deep pastoral care for the people and communities” she served and a “rich experience of mission in the Church of England”. 

“She will bring these aspects, together with her great sense of joy and fun, to the role of Bishop of Lynn,” he said.

Dr Steen, who will move to the area in the next few months, replaces the Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick, who announced his retirement last June, after nine years as Bishop of Lynn and 45 years in the ministry.