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 The Diocese of Lincoln
Edward King House
Minster Yard

For general enquiries, telephone 01522 50 40 50

The Bishop of Lincoln 


The Bishop of Lincoln
The Rt Revd Christopher Lowson

01522 50 40 90


The Old Palace
Minster Yard

The Bishop of Lincoln
(copyright Westminster Abbey)

The Rt Revd Christopher Lowson is the 73rd Bishop of Lincoln. He was educated at Newcastle Cathedral School, Consett Grammar School and King’s College London and ordained in 1978. He began his ordained ministry as an Assistant Curate in Richmond, Surrey, and was successively Priest in charge then Vicar at Holy Trinity, Eltham. From 1982 to 1985 he was Chaplain at Avery Hill College and then of Thames Polytechnic to 1991 when he became Vicar of Petersfield and Rector of Buriton.

He held this appointment for eight years, for the last four of which he was also Rural Dean of Petersfield. In 1999 he became Archdeacon of Portsmouth which then almost immediately split into two Archdeacon of the Meon; and Archdeacon of Portsdown, the latter of which he was until 2006. In that year he was appointed Director of the Ministry Division of the Archbishops’ Council and Priest Vicar of Westminster Abbey, posts he held until his consecration to the Episcopate. Christopher Lowson was consecrated a bishop on 21 September at Westminster Abbey and enthroned at Lincoln Cathedral on 12 November.

The Suffragan Bishop 

undefinedThe Bishop of Grimsby
The Rt Revd Dr David Court
01522 50 40 92

Bishop David joined the diocese September 2014 following his consecration as Bishop of Grimsby at Westminster Abbey July of that year. Born in Norwich, and spending the first eighteen years of his life there he then studied Chemistry at Southampton where he also completed his doctorate on the ‘Electrochemistry of Sugar’. Four years teaching in a rural 13-18 Comprehensive School in Northamptonshire followed, before finally being ordained at Peterborough Cathedral, following three years theological training at Oak Hill Theological College.

He subsequently served his curacy at Barton Seagrave, on the edge of Kettering, then lead a new Church plant at Kinson on the Poole/Bournemouth border, before returning to his native Norfolk to serve first in an urban Church, St Catherine’s Mile Cross in his home town of Norwich and then for eleven years as Vicar of Cromer on the North Norfolk Coast. In all of those settings he has been fortunate to lead churches which have grown numerically, spiritually and in service to their communities.

Delighted to have been offered the opportunity to become Bishop of Grimsby, within the diocese he now has strategic responsibility, amongst other things, of working with Churches and leaders to see if that same growth can be seen here in Greater Lincolnshire.

Married to Ann and with three children Jonathan, Matthew and Naomi he enjoys walking, reading, music of all kinds (and has already introduced the Bishop’s Staff to the joys of Bruce Springsteen), is a lapsed squash player, and at an age at which he ought to have known better recently tried to take up surfing in the North Sea, but with no great success!

Support team for the Bishop of Lincoln and the Bishop of Grimsby

The Bishop's Chaplain

The Revd Sal McDougall
01522 50 40 94

Executive Officer
April Heard
01522 50 40 90

Administrative Officer
Ellie Luck
01522 50 40 90

Bishops' Press Officer

Will Harrison
01522 50 40 33 / 07736 29 26 68



The Archdeacon of Lincoln
The Venerable Tim Barker

Edward King House
Minster Yard
Tel: 01522 50 40 95

Tim moved to Lincolnshire in 1998, after working in the Diocese of Chester since his ordination in 1980 as a parish priest, communications officer and Bishop’s Chaplain. Tim was Vicar of Spalding and District Dean of the Elloe Deaneries until he became Archdeacon of Lincoln in September 2009. He was a member of the Cathedral Chapter for eight years, and is one of the three clergy members from the Diocese of Lincoln serving on the Church of England’s General Synod. Tim is enjoying visiting the different communities in south Lincolnshire, meeting local parish leaders and getting to know the many beautiful churches in the area. His interests include walking, exploring churches and cathedrals, travel, listening to classical music and visiting art galleries.


  The Archdeacon of Boston
  The Venerable Dr Justine Allain Chapman

  Edward King House
  Minster Yard
  LN2 1PU
  01522 50 40 39
  07715 07 79 93

Justine Allain Chapman comes to the Diocese of Lincoln from the South East Institute for Theological Education where she was Vice Principal and Director of Practical Theology.

Having been a Head of Religious Studies in a North London Secondary School, Justine trained for ordination at Lincoln Theological College and then ministered for ten years in the Diocese of Southwark as a Curate and as a Vicar.

Speaking of her appointment, Justine said: "I am delighted to be taking up this new role as archdeacon and with a focus on developing our Christian discipleship across the whole diocese. 

"Enabling deeper discipleship has been a passion of mine as a parish priest and as a teacher preparing people for ministry, ordained and lay, and so to come to the Diocese of Lincoln in this new phase of its life is a challenging and exciting prospect."

Justine's own particular research has been in how people can be strengthened as human beings and as Christians through the experience of adversity. She has written a book about this called Resilient Pastors: the role of adversity in Healing and Growth which was published last year.

Justine and her husband Thomas will be returning to an area they have lived in as students and which their four children have often come to visit their grandparents. Justine enjoys swimming, yoga and cooking for family and friends. A member of a book group, she particularly enjoys reading detective fiction reportedly because - unlike life and ministry - all the loose ends get tied up.

The Interim Archdeacon of Stow and Lindsey 
The Ven Martin Gray

Edward King House
Minster Yard

01522 50 40 89
07809 52 19 95

The Archdeacons' PAs and support officers are as follows:

Angela Wilson - PA & Clergy HR Officer
01522 50 40 89

Jane Leighton - PA & Clergy Appointments Officer
01522 50 40 39

The main office number for the Archdeacons' office is : 01522 50 40 95

Diocesan Secretary

The Diocesan Secretary
Ms Angela Sibson OBE
01522 50 40 32

The PA to the Diocesan Secretary
Angela Manwaring
01522 50 40 32

The Assistant Diocesan Secretary 
Mr Will Harrison
01522 50 40 33

The Diocesan Registrar

The Diocesan Registrar
Julie Robinson
01775 84 25 57

Accounts and Finance

Head of Finance
Ann Treacy
01522 50 40 53

See Finance

Assets and Trusts

Assets and Trusts Manager
Andrew Gosling
01522 50 40 86

See Assets and Trusts

Church buildings: Diocesan Advisory Committee

DAC Secretary
Keith Halliday
01522 50 40 46

See Church Buildings 

Assistant to DAC Secretary
Peter Duff
01522 50 40 45


Head of Communications
Michelle Lees
01522 50 40 34 / 07885 99 99 07  

Media and Press Officer
Daniel Herrick
01522 50 40 37  

 See News and Media

Education - Church Schools

Diocesan Director of Education
Jackie Waters-Dewhurst
01522 50 40 10

See Board of Education

Estates and Housing

The Deputy Diocesan Surveyor
Nicholas Turner
01522 50 40 40

See Property 


CMD Officer
Dr Bill Goodman
01522 50 40 23


Director of Ordinands and Vocations
Canon Dr Jeffrey Heskins
01522 50 40 29 / 07590 95 00 40

See Vocations

Lay Ministry Officer
Jesse Ratcliff
01522 50 40 23 / 07585 117725

See Authorised Lay Ministry

MDR & Ministry Team Manager
Dr Neil Burgess
01522 50 40 23



Discipleship Officer
Simon Dean
01522 50 40 80

see Discipleship

Parish Operations

Parish Operations Manager
Simon Bland
01522 50 40 61

Pastoral and Stipends


See Clergy and Stipends 


Bishop's Safeguarding Adviser
Debbie Johnson
07712 32 13 61 

See Safeguarding

Youth Work

Children & Youth Officer
Mr Dave Rose
01522 50 40 66

See Lincoln Diocese Children Youth Service

Please note that the contact details of all clergy and readers in the Diocese can be found by using the search facility at the top of the home page, or click here. Unless shown above, addresses of Diocesan officers are: