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The Bishop of Chelmsford

The Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani

About Bishop Guli

The Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani has served as Bishop of Chelmsford since April 2021.

Chelmsford is the second largest diocese in the Church of England in terms of population and serves the communities of Essex and East London. In January 2021, Bishop Guli was also appointed as the lead Bishop for Housing for the Church of England and she has served as a member of the Lords Spiritual in the House of Lords since November 2021.

Between 2017 and 2021, Bishop Guli served as the first Bishop of Loughborough in the Diocese of Leicester. As well as assisting the Bishop of Leicester across the Diocese, her specific responsibilities included overseeing and supporting the vocations of those called to lay and ordained ministries. Before she became Bishop of Loughborough, Bishop Guli led Curate training in the Diocese of Peterborough.

Bishop Guli is currently Vice-President of the Conference of European Churches, Vice Chair of the Board of the Church Army and a contributor to BBC Radio 4s Thought for the Day.

Born in Iran, Guli’s family left the country in the wake of the Iranian Revolution in 1980, when she was 13 years old, and to date she has been unable to return. She is married to Lee, also a priest and they have three children.


Books by Bishop Guli

Titles written by Bishop Guli are listed below. 

Cries for a Lost Homeland: Reflections on Jesus' sayings from the cross
Reflections for Lent 2021: 17 February - 3 April 2021
Reflections for Advent 2021: 29 November - 24 December 2021


Videos

A selection of the latest videos featuring Bishop Guli are below.

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Contact information

General enquiries

Please click to email the members of staff below.
Executive Assistant: Jo Bluck
Senior Secretary: Mrs Jane Carter

 

Chaplain to the Bishop of Chelmsford

The Revd Dr Rachel Pennant

Send an email to the Bishop's Chaplain

 

Communications and Media enquiries

Tom Geldard
Director of Communications & Media
Tel 07903831967
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Enquiries relating to Bishop Guli's role as Bishop for Housing

For enquiries relating to Bishop Guli’s national role as Lead Bishop for Housing for the Church of England, please contact Jonathan Tame, Advisor on Housing and Community.

Send an email to Jonathan - usual working days Wednesday - Friday


Bishop Guli’s role for housing

The Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani is the national Lead Bishop for housing. In this role, Bishop Guli leads efforts to implement the recommendations of the Coming Home Report, the report of the Archbishops’ Commission on Housing, Church and Community.

The Church Housing Foundation

The Church Housing Foundation has been set up to take forward the recommendations of the Coming Home report of the Archbishops' Commission on Housing, Church and Community.

Chaired by Bishop Guli in her role as Lead Bishop for Housing, the Foundation is inviting dioceses and local parishes to get involved and help to respond to housing need in the communities they serve. 


Latest news from The Bishop of Chelmsford

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Decision regarding the Archdeaconry of Harlow

12 April 2024

Bishop Guli has announced a decision regarding the Archdeaconry of Harlow

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Bishop Guli speaks in support of amendment to minimise the risk of unaccompanied children being sent to Rwanda

6 March 2024

The Bishop of Chelmsford has spoken in support of an amendment in the House of Lords that would minimise the risk of unaccompanied children being sent to Rwanda.

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Bishop of Chelmsford calls for long term national housing strategy

29 February 2024

The Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Rev Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani has repeated calls for a long term national housing strategy, with cross party support, during a House of Lords Short Debate.  

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Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill Committee Stage Day 3, Bishop Guli’s speeches to the House of Lords

20 February 2024

The Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Rev Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani spoke twice during the third day of the Committee Stage of the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill in the House of Lords. 

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Bishop Guli’s House of Lords speech during the debate on the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill, Committee Stage Day 2

14 February 2024

The Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Rev Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani addressed the House of Lords during the debate on the Safety of Rwanda (asylum and immigration) Bill, Committee Stage Day 2

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Bishop Guli: Churches’ support for asylum seekers shouldn’t be seen as a magic ticket

6 February 2024

An article by the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani, first published in the Telegraph.