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The Bishop of Lincoln

The Rt Revd Christopher Lowson 

The Rt Revd Christopher Lowson is the 72nd 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 until 1991, when he became Vicar of Petersfield and Rector of Buriton.

He held this appointment for eight years, and for the last four of these 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 as a bishop on the 21st of September 2011 at Westminster Abbey and enthroned at Lincoln Cathedral on the 12th of November.

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The Suffragan Bishop of Grimsby
The Rt Revd Dr David Court

Bishop David joined the diocese in September 2014 following his consecration as Bishop of Grimsby at St Paul's Cathedral in 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 of 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 their service to their communities.

Delighted to have been offered the opportunity to become Bishop of Grimsby, within the diocese Bishop David now has strategic responsibility, amongst other things, for 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 (he has introduced the Bishop’s Staff to the joys of Bruce Springsteen), and playing squash.

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The Suffragan Bishop of Grantham
The Rt Revd Dr Nicholas Chamberlain

Bishop Nicholas was ordained and consecrated as Bishop of Grantham in Southwark Cathedral on the 19th of November 2015. He was then subsequently welcomed to the diocese at a special service of welcome held in Lincoln Cathedral on the 13th of December of that year.

Bishop Nicholas was born in Middlesex, grew up in Chester and he studied in Durham and Edinburgh. Most recently, Bishop Nicholas served as a parish priest in Jesmond, in the north-east of England, and during his ministry he has also held positions of responsibility for clergy recruitment and in-service training.

Running, cycling, reading and enjoying the company of friends and family are among the bishop's list of interests and ways in which he seeks to relax.