Two Church of England appointments announced from 10 Downing Street last week were those of the Rt Rev Simon Phipps, Suffragan Bishop of Horsham, Sussex, as Bishop of Lincoln, and Canpn John Vernon Taylor as Bishop of Winchester.
Bishop Phipps. 53, was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. He is the son of a Royal Navy captain, but went into the Army, being commissioned in the Coldstream Guards in 1941.
After the war he went up to Cambridge, where he was president of the Footlights Club. He was ordained a year later, and from 1950 to 1953 was assistant curate at Huddersfield Parish Church. From 1953 to 1958 he was chaplain at his old college.
He then went to Coventry as industrial Chaplain, where he served for ten years building up a team with eight colleagues in the industrial field. For the last three years of his time at Coventry he was an honorary canon of the cathedral.
After his appointment to Horsham he maintained his interest in industrial problems and has been chairman of the industrial mission, working with four industrial chaplains, particularly in the Brighton, Crawley and Worthing areas.
As chairman of the diocesan association for social work he has done much in assisting unsupported families and has been one of the pioneers in this form of service connected with family need.
He lists cooking and walking as his hobbies but in more recent times he has taken to painting, working both in oils and water-colours. Asked about his cooking, Bishop Phipps said: "I like being adventurous but tend rather to go by the book. Until.' was married (he married last year) I cooked all my own food."
Bishop Phipps, a cousin of Joyce Cirenfell, the actress, is a friend of Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon.
Canon Taylor, who will he 60 next month, is the son of a former Bishop of Sodor and Man, and apart from curacies at All Souls, Langham Place, London and St Helen's Lancashire, has been identified throughout his ministry with the Church Missionary Society.
He was accepted by the society for service overseas in 1944 and went to Uganda, where he became the principal of the the Bishop Tucker (Theological) College at Mukono in the diocese of .Namirembe (then the diocese of Uganda).
In 1955 he was seconded to the International Missionary Council to initiate a pioneer research project on the life and growth of the younger churches, subsequently visiting Ghana, Nigeria. and Rhodesia. In 1959 he was appointed Africa secretary of CMS and twice toured East and West Africa for on the spot consultations.
In September 1963 Canon Taylor was appointed general secretary of the society and since then he has visited every country in Asia in which mis-' sionaries of the CMS are working. In February he announced that he was reitiring from the CMS "at the turn of the year."