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Deborah Mary Sellin (born 1964) is a British Anglican bishop serving as Bishop of Southampton, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Winchester.

Early life and education

Sellin was born on 1964.[1] She is originally from Scotland.[2] She studied at the University of St Andrews, graduating with an undergraduate Master of Arts (MA Hons) in 1986.[1] 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.[1]

Ordained ministry

Sellin was ordained in the Church of England: made a deacon at Petertide 2007 (1 July)[3] and ordained a priest the Petertide following (28 June 2008) — both times by Christopher Hill, Bishop of Guildford, at Guildford Cathedral;[4] and served all her parish ministry in the Diocese of Guildford.[5] She was a Non-Stipendiary Minister at St Saviour, Guildford from 2007 to 2010; Vicar of Wonersh from 2010 to 2019; and Area Dean of Cranleigh from 2015 to 2019. In 2018 she was made an Honorary Canon of Guildford Cathedral.[6]

Episcopal ministry

In April 2019, it was announced that she would be the next Bishop of Southampton; she legally took up her role on 3 July 2019, the day of her consecration, [7][8][9] by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, at St Paul's Cathedral.[10]

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, also "stepped back" and Sellin served as acting diocesan bishop.[11] Their leave, and Sellin's time as acting bishop, was later extended to the end of August 2021.[12]


  1. ^ a b c "Deborah Mary Sellin". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b Byford, Celine (16 July 2019). "First female Bishop of Southampton takes up role". Southern Daily Echo. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Petertide ordinations". Church Times (#7530). 6 July 2007. p. 26. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 15 July 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
  4. ^ "Petertide ordinations". Church Times (#7581). 4 July 2007. p. 25. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 15 July 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
  5. ^ "Deborah Mary Sellin". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  6. ^ Wonersh Church
  7. ^ "Suffragan Bishop of Southampton: 16 April 2019". GOV.UK. Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street. 16 April 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  8. ^ "A New Bishop for Southampton". Diocese of Winchester. 16 April 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  9. ^ "UK news in brief - New Suffragan Bishop of Southampton". Church Times. 18 April 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  10. ^ Winchester Anglican
  11. ^ "Bishop of Winchester steps back after diocesan rebellion". Church Times (#8253). 21 May 2021. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  12. ^ "Talks about Dakin's future to continue". Church Times (#8259). 2 July 2021. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
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