Lincoln Choice of ‘Inclusive’ Bishop

Friday 15 April 2011

Diocese of Lincoln

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Venerable Christopher Lowson, AKC, STM, MTh, LLM, Director of Ministry at the Archbishops’ Council, for election as Bishop of Lincoln in succession to the Right Reverend Dr John Charles Saxbee, BA, PhD, on his resignation on the 31 January 2011.    

Notes for Editors

Christopher Lowson (aged 58) trained for the ordained ministry at King’s College, London. He then spent a year as a World Council of Churches’ Scholar studying within the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He served his title at Richmond from 1977 to 1982 in the diocese of Southwark.  He was then Priest-in-Charge and later Vicar of Holy Trinity, Eltham. From 1991 to 1999 he was Rector of Buriton and Vicar of Petersfield in the diocese of Portsmouth.

In 1999 he took up the post of Archdeacon of Portsdown. He chaired the Diocese of Portsmouth’s Board of Ministry. and the Kairos Project: a programme of renewal for the diocese which encouraged parishes and diocesan bodies in Portsmouth to take part in an 18-month process of study, prayer and reflection on the needs of their local communities before producing five-year plans for mission and ministry.

Christopher has been Director of Ministry for the Archbishops’ Council since February 2006. In this role he has led a team responsible for developing policy and delivering support to those in lay and ordained ministry throughout the Church. He advises the House of Bishops, the Archbishops’ Council and the General Synod on ministry matters and is responsible for the selection and the oversight of the training of more than 900 new clergy, lay Readers and others admitted to ministry each year. He is married to Susan Lowson and they have two grown up children. His interests include contemporary literature, the theatre, watching cricket and cooking.


The Rt. Reverend John Saxbee was always going to be a difficult act to follow as Bishop of Lincoln.  In Bishop Christopher’s appointment, the Church of England will have a solid supporter of the ‘underclass’ of Britain’s thriving multi-ethnic community.

Christopher’s wife is a soundly catholic member of the C.of E., being currently a Church Warden in the inclusive environment of St. Matthew’s, Westminster. May God richly bless their future ministry together in the Church.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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