THE new Bishop of Peterborough is to be the Ven Donald Allister, the current Archdeacon of Chester.
Mr Allister, 57, lives with his wife Janice, a GP, in Delamere.
They have a son, the Rev John Allister, who is curate at Hurdsfield, near Macclesfield, and two grown-up daughters, Rosie and Susan.
Mr Allister is due to be installed as Bishop of Peterborough next spring. He will succeed the Rt Rev Ian Cundy, who died last May.
The son of a Mersey docks manager and a nursing sister, Mr Allister spent part of his childhood in Birkenhead before studying at Cambridge University and later at theological college in Bristol.
He was a vicar in Birkenhead and Cheadle, and Rural Dean of Cheadle before becoming the Archdeacon of Chester in 2002.
His current role involves him in administration, pastoral duties and the encouragement of mission in the western half of the Diocese of Chester.
He has also had a role in the leadership of the whole diocese.
On his new role as a diocesan bishop, Mr Allister said: “Christian ministry is a huge privilege and for me it has also brought many joys. I have loved my roles in various churches and in the Diocese of Chester.”