Rt Revd Ric Thorpe has been Bishop of Islington since September 2015. Before being appointed to Islington, Bishop Ric was the Bishop of London’s Adviser for Church Planting. He has worked in various roles including assistant to the evangelist, J John, Marketing Manager with Unilever, worship leader and curate at Holy Trinity Brompton and led a church plant to St Paul’s Shadwell in London’s East End in 2005. The role of Bishop of Islington – a revived post that had been vacant since 1923 – is to support London’s Church growth strategy as part of Capital Vision 2020, which sets a target of creating 100 new worshipping communities within the Diocese by 2020. As such, Bishop Ric is free from territorial responsibilities and focuses on supporting newly established worshipping communities both within London and at a national level, serving as a resource for the whole Church of England. He is supported by The Centre for Church Planting and Growth based at St Edmund the King in London, which helps to run church planting training courses and church growth learning communities, equip church planters through individual consultations, and develop resources for the wider church. He studied Chemical Engineering at Birmingham and Theology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Ric is married to Louie and they have three children, Zoe, Barny and Toby, and a dog called Tasha.