Assistant and Assisting Bishops

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Our Diocesan and Suffragan Bishop are assisted in their ministry by a variety of bishops. You can find their details here

Assistant Bishop, The Right Reverend Cyril Ashton

Bishop Cyril is a retired bishop from the Diocese of Sheffield. He supports our diocese through conducting parish weekends and through the ministry of Confirmation.

He says “I see myself as a major support for the bishops and  enjoy the many occasions when I can be alongside him in this challenging and invigorating Diocese.I love being involved in the ministry of Confirmations and relish engagement with parishes conducting parish weekends, quiet days and retreats. I have a keen interest in training and was privileged to be involved in the development of St Mellitus. I have a particular role with the Wigan Deanery and enjoy immensely my contacts with parishes and clergy in that part of our Diocese.”

Assistant Bishop, Bishop of Beverley The Right Reverend Glyn Webster
T: 01904 628155

The Bishop of Beverley is a Suffragan Bishop in the Province of York. The Bishop’s role is that of a Provincial Episcopal Visitor, assisting in the pastoral care of those parishes that have petitioned for Extended Episcopal Care under the Act of Synod – the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood.

The present Bishop of Beverley is Glyn Webster, who was consecrated in York Minster on 25 January 2013. His entire ministry has been in or around the City of York, culminating in thirteen years as a Canon Residentiary of York Minster. Until his consecration, he served as a member of the General Synod of the Church of England, where he was elected as the Prolocutor of the Lower House of the Convocation of York.
The Right Reverend Geoff Pearson

I retired to Rainhill from the Diocese of Blackburn in 2017. I am supporting Bishop Paul and am part of the ministry team at St.Ann's, Rainhill alongside the Rev. Alan Conant, with a focus on Platform 2 (An alternative to traditional worship.)

As a priority in my ministry I have highlighted a concern for children and young people. I also relish opportunities for evangelism. My life verse is from Psalm 96, "Proclaim every day the good news that God has saved us."

Before my role as Bishop of Lancaster I was for seventeen years Vicar of St.Bartholomew, Roby in the Huyton Deanery. I am a scouser from Wavertree and I rejoice at being back on Merseyside, especially with the proximity of Anfield. My wife Jean is a Reader and together we have led Alpha Away Days and Parish Weekends. We have both been involved with St.Mellitus and are just starting a new prayer group, mainly for Platform 2 but also for Revival!! We have three children and four grandchildren.
Assisting Bishop of Liverpool, The Rt. Rev. Susan E. Goff

As Assisting Bishop in Liverpool, Rt. Rev. Susan E. Goff is an essential female voice in our college of bishops and supports a range of ministries as directed by the Bishop of Liverpool. This followed Bishop Susan’s consecration on July 28, 2012, as bishop suffragan in Virginia, where she oversees mission churches, in addition to multicultural and ethnic ministries.

Bishop Susan was licensed as Assisting Bishop of Liverpool, 3rd July 2015, by The Archbishop of York. You can also read about her commissioning here.

While Bishop Susan is resident in our diocese of Liverpool for just a short amount of time per year, she is available for counsel and support throughout the year via her office in Virginia or by email. 

Bishop Goff is married to the Rev. C. Thomas Holliday, an interim ministry specialist who has served many congregations in the Diocese.