It's Andy John!
The next Bishop of Bangor! Here we had been, all worried that we might end up with Jeffrey John, and instead we get Andy John - a wonderful godly man, a biblical man, a lovely funny human man, a gentle and generous man of God whom I am pleased to know. This morning I prayed and prayed that the electoral college would not place us in a terrible dilemma - and indeed they have done anything but! They have given the Church in Wales a great gift.
How wonderful. How wonderful.
This picture comes from a million years ago. Stuart Bell, Harry Latham, Andy John and I were the clergy in Aberystwyth. We were at the St David's Diocesan Clergy Summer School in Oxford, at St Peter's College. It must have been 1997. England were playing a World Cup qualifier against Moldova at the old Wembley, and I got us tickets, so we bunked off Evensong and drove over... I remember everyone chanting "make your people joyful" in the chapel, and the falling third on "joyful" sounding anything but joyful; yet exactly the same interval used by the crowd at Wembley as they chanted David Seaman's name sounded excited and full of life!
Remember this Andy? Mercifully I am not in the photo, so we can all simply look at Stuart and think how youthful he looked back then!
How wonderful. Glorious days. Thank you Jesus for a man like Andy as a Bishop in your church now in these days. Thank you!