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Deborah Sellin
Bishop of Southampton
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Winchester
PredecessorJonathan Frost
Other post(s)acting Bishop of Winchester (2021–present)
Ordination2007 (deacon)
2008 (priest)
Consecration3 July 2019
by Justin Welby
Personal details
Born (1964-10-01) 1 October 1964 (age 57)
Alma materUniversity of St Andrews

Deborah Mary Sellin (born 1 October 1964[1]) is a Church of England priest serving as Bishop of Southampton, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Winchester, and acting as diocesan Bishop of Winchester.

Early life and education

Sellin is originally from Scotland,[2] and was born in Dumfries on 1 October 1964.[3] She studied at the University of St Andrews, graduating with an undergraduate Master of Arts (MA Hons) degree in 1986.[4] She worked a manager in the National Health Service (NHS) and then as a family and children's worker.[2] She trained for ordination with the Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme between 2004 and 2007.[4]

Ordained ministry

Sellin was ordained as a deacon at Petertide 2007 (1 July),[5] ordained as a priest at the Petertide following (28 June 2008) – both times by Christopher Hill, Bishop of Guildford, at Guildford Cathedral[6] – and served all her parish ministry in the Diocese of Guildford.[4] She was a Non-Stipendiary Minister at St Saviour, Guildford, from 2007 to 2010, then Vicar of Wonersh from 2010 to 2019 and also Area Dean of Cranleigh from 2015 to 2019. In 2018 she was made an Honorary Canon of Guildford Cathedral.[7]

Episcopal ministry

In April 2019, it was announced that Sellin would be the next Bishop of Southampton; she legally took up her role on 3 July 2019, the day of her consecration [8][9][10] by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, at St Paul's Cathedral.[11]

On 20 May 2021 it was reported that Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester, had "stepped back" as diocesan bishop for six weeks, in light of the threat of a diocesan synod motion of no confidence in his leadership. David Williams, Bishop of Basingstoke, the other suffragan bishop, also "stepped back" (he was said to be in sympathy with the protesters) and Sellin served as acting diocesan bishop.[12] The "stepping back" was later extended[13] and on 16 July Dakin announced that he would retire in February 2022; meanwhile, Sellin continues as acting diocesan bishop.[14] On 11 January 2022 the Archbishop of Canterbury announced that Sellin would continue as acting diocesan bishop during the vacancy following Dakin's formal retirement on 6 February 2022.[15]


  1. ^ "Sellin, Deborah Mary". Who's Who. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. 2020. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ a b Byford, Celine (16 July 2019). "First female Bishop of Southampton takes up role". Southern Daily Echo. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Southampton, Bishop Suffragan of, (Rt Rev. Deborah Mary Sellin) (born 1 Oct. 1964)". Who's Who 2022. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2021. Retrieved 27 April 2022.
  4. ^ a b c "Deborah Mary Sellin". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Petertide ordinations". Church Times. No. 7530. 6 July 2007. p. 26. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 15 July 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
  6. ^ "Petertide ordinations". Church Times. No. 7581. 4 July 2007. p. 25. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 15 July 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
  7. ^ Wonersh Church
  8. ^ "Suffragan Bishop of Southampton: 16 April 2019". GOV.UK. Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street. 16 April 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  9. ^ "A New Bishop for Southampton". Diocese of Winchester. 16 April 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  10. ^ "UK news in brief - New Suffragan Bishop of Southampton". Church Times. 18 April 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  11. ^ Winchester Anglican
  12. ^ "Bishop of Winchester steps back after diocesan rebellion". Church Times. No. 8253. 21 May 2021. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  13. ^ "Talks about Dakin's future to continue". Church Times. No. 8259. 2 July 2021. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  14. ^ "Bishop of Winchester announces retirement". 16 July 2021.
  15. ^ "Winchester - News - Archbishop confirms arrangements following Bishop of Winchester's retirement". Diocese of Winchester. 11 January 2022.
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