GLADSTONE'S Anglican community is celebrating after it was announced the new bishop of Rockhampton had been appointed and was due to start later this year.
Reverend David Robinson will move from his current role as the ministry formation co-ordinator at St Mark's national theological centre in Canberra to become the 12th bishop of Rockhampton in September, looking after communities in central Queensland.
Mr Robinson said he looked forward to the challenge of his new role.
"A bishop is called to teach, to defend the faith, to care for the clergy and people of the diocese," he said.
"I think, in the first instance, this will mean spending a lot of time travelling around the diocese and getting to know the people and their dreams and desires.
"Another task of the bishop is to empower and encourage others. To help people identify and use their God-given gifts and abilities in order to serve their communities."
Ordained in 1994, Mr Robinson has served in the Diocese of Canberra as well as rural towns such as Gundagai and Kooringal in regional NSW.
He and his wife Jan have also worked with indigenous students in Darwin and travelled to Bangladesh with the Anglican Board of Mission during the 1980s.
"I guess neither of us are what you could call big city people. We have enjoyed being part of rural and regional communities in the past; there is a welcoming feel," Mr Robinson said.
"People smile and say hello as you walk down the street. We are looking forward to being in central Queensland."
The announcement was made about a year since Bishop Godfrey Fryar announced we would retire from the diocese at the end of 2013.
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