The struggle to get women consecrated as bishops in the Church of England came to a close this week as the country had her first female bishop, Elizabeth Jane Holden Lane, consecrated by the Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu.
Lane was born in 1966 as Elizabeth Jane Holden in Wycombe, a rural district in Buckinghamshire, England. She grew up in Glossop, Derbyshire.
In 1990, Elizabeth married George Lane, who is also an Anglican priest and currently the Coordinating Chaplain at Manchester Airport. They were among the first married couples to be ordained at the same time in the Church of England. They have two children.
Elizabeth was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1993 and as a priest in 1994. She served as a Curate at St James’ Church, Blackburn.
Elizabeth was consecrated at York Minster on Monday, 26 January 2015 by Dr. John Sentamu, Archbishop of York.
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