Saturday 13 November 2021 8:55 AM UTC
GILLINGHAM (Kent) Nov 13: Keralite Lukose Varghese Muthalaly (known as Saju), Vicar of St Mark’s Church in Gillingham, in the Diocese of Rochester, is named as the next Bishop of Loughborough.
According to Diocese of Leicester, Bishop-elect Saju may be the youngest bishop in the Church of England when he begins in the role next year at the age of 42.
Saju is married to Katy who has a background in Youth & Community Work and has more recently dedicated her time to raising their four children: Jonah (8), Abraham (9), Zipp (10) and Zeph (12).
Saju was brought up in the Syrian Orthodox Church in Kerala India by his family who are Christians who trace their spiritual and cultural lineage back to the St Thomas the Apostle who is said to have taken the Good News of Jesus to the region in the first century AD.
Saju committed his life to Christ as a young teenager and studied at the Southern Asia Bible College in Bangalore and trained for ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He served his title at St Thomas’, Lancaster in the Diocese of Blackburn and was ordained Priest in 2009.
Currently Captain of Rochester and Canterbury Diocesan Cricket Team, Saju also enjoys running (having just completed his third marathon), playing the guitar and cooking.
His consecration service is likely to take place in London in January and an official public welcome service will be held in the diocese in the spring when he and his wife and four children move to the county.
A video by Bishop-elect Saju introducing himself to the diocese
Saju recently led the Church of England’s national online service
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