Bishop Christopher has been Bishop of Portsmouth since 2010 after nine years as a Suffragan bishop in St Albans Diocese. He grew up in the industrial west midlands and, after a brief career as an academic economist, has served in a variety of parish, university and cathedral ministries in five dioceses.
He is Anglican Co-Chair of the conversations in England and Wales with the Roman Catholic Church and leads the ecumenical Churches’ Funerals Group. Previously he served as Convenor/Chair of Churches Together in England for four years. His roles outside the diocese also include chairing a theological college and the CofE’s remuneration and conditions of service committee. He speaks nationally for the bishops on economic policy, benefits and welfare, and defence.
Portsmouth Diocese covers south east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It has embarked on a strategy – live | pray | serve – with a commitment to growth in depth, impact and numbers.