The 56-year-old former oil industry worker turned bishop Justin Welby is likely to be named as the successor of Rowan William later this week.
Welby became bishop of Durham only a year ago, reported BBC News. He worked for 11 years in the oil industry before changing professions and being ordained in 1992.
Both Lambeth Palace and the church have remained completely silent on the matter of succession since work began in October of last year, reported the Guardian. A spokesperson of the Crown Nominations Commission refused to comment on reports that Welby had officially accepted the position.
Bishop Welby is regarded as being evangelical and practicing traditional Biblical interpretations, reported BBC News. Observers have said he also focuses on making the church more outward-looking.