The Rt Revd Paul Thomas SSC
Bishop Paul was born and raised in west Wales and received a BA in Medieval English from Cardiff University in 1996 and an MA in 1998. He trained for ordained ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, and was ordained Deacon in 2002 and Priest in 2003.
He served his title at St Mary with Christ Church Wanstead, in the Diocese of Chelmsford, and in 2006 he was appointed Assistant Priest, and later Associate Rector, of St Marylebone in the Diocese of London. In 2008, he was additionally appointed Chaplain at St Marylebone Secondary School and Chaplain to the Royal Academy of Music.
Bishop Paul was appointed as Vicar of St James Paddington in 2011 and additionally served as Area Dean of Paddington from 2016 to 2021. Between 2017 and 2019 he also served as Acting Archdeacon of Charing Cross in the Two Cities Area of the Diocese of London.
Bishop Paul was consecrated as the first Bishop of Oswestry on the Feast of Candlemas, 2nd February 2023.