Bishops

Bishop of Chester - The Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster

I was born in Birmingham and educated at Tudor Grange Grammar School for Boys, Solihull, and Merton College, Oxford, where I read chemistry. I subsequently read theology at Edinburgh University. I was later awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy for studies in St Irenaeus, a theologian and Bishop of Lyons in the second century.

I trained for the Anglican ministry at The Scottish Episcopal Church in Edinburgh. Ordained in 1980, I served as a curate in the parish of St Matthew and St James, Mossley Hill, Liverpool, before moving to the University of Durham in 1983 as Senior Tutor at St John's College. During my time in Durham, I was elected to serve as a member of the Church of England's General Synod.

In 1991, I was appointed Vicar of Beverley Minister in the East Riding of Yorkshire. I enjoyed parish ministry in Beverley, where I was responsible for training a number of curates for ministry in the Church of England. I was especially concerned with the revitalisation of worship at Beverley Minister and incorporating young people more fully into its life. I am married to Elisabeth. Elisabeth is a graduate from Edinburgh University in the History of Art.

We have four children. I am interested in current affairs and the broader life of society, as well as a range of sports. I have built a house in Scotland, and have a general interest in DIY. I was consecrated as a bishop in York Minster by the Archbishop of York on 13 November 1996, and enthroned as Bishop of Chester on 11 January 1997.

Address:  Bishop's House, Abbey Square, Chester. CH1 2JD 
TEL: 01244 350864  bpchester@chester.anglican.org

 

Bishop of Birkenhead - Rt Revd Keith Sinclair

I was consecrated as Bishop of Birkenhead on 8th March 2007, having previously been Vicar of Holy Trinity in Coventry for five and a half years,and Vicar of Aston in Birmingham for thirteen years. My passions are evangelism, justice and renewal, having been involved in some regeneration in Birmingham, and the development of youth ministry there and in Coventry. I was curate also in an inner-city parish in Birmingham, having been ordained in Birmingham Cathedral in 1984. During this time I was also Chaplain (part time) at the Children's Hospital in Birmingham.

I worked as a solicitor in Birmingham before ordination, having been trained in London, where I was brought up.
I am married to Rosie, who is a part-time lecturer in family law at Chester University, and we have three children, Peter, Anna and David.

I enjoy rugby, walking and watching films. I love black gospel music, Bach, and I love serving in this Diocese and living on the Wirral.

Address:  Bishop's Lodge, 67 Bidston Road, Prenton, CH43 6TR 
TEL: 0151 652 2741  bpbirkenhead@chester.anglican.org

 

The Bishop of Stockport- Rt Revd Libby Lane

Bishop Libby Lane was consecrated as the eighth Bishop of Stockport at York Minster on Monday 26 January 2015. Prior to that she was Vicar of St Peter’s, Hale, and St Elizabeth’s, Ashley. Bishop Libby had been Dean of Women in Ministry for the diocese until shortly before her consecration as bishop.

After school in Manchester and University at Oxford, she trained for ministry at Cranmer Hall in Durham. She was ordained a deacon in 1993 and a priest in 1994, serving her curacy in Blackburn, Lancashire. Prior to moving to Hale, Bishop Libby was Team Vicar in the Stockport South West Team, and Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands in our diocese, advising and supporting those considering a vocation to ministry in the church.
She was also Family Life Officer for the Committee for Social Responsibility in our diocese. She also served in the Diocese of York, as a chaplain in hospital and in further education.

Bishop Libby is married to the Revd George Lane, who is the co-ordinating chaplain at Manchester Airport. They have two adult children.

Address:  Bishop's Lodge, Back Lane, Dunham Town, Altrincham. Cheshire WA14 4SG 
TEL: 0161 928 5611  bpstockport@chester.anglican.org

 

 

The latest updates and information from Bishop's House.

Supporting and Developing Missional Communities : A Contribution to Discussion

The Bishop of Chester is inviting comments on proposals, contained in a discussion paper, to set up a five year Development Fund, with a suggested allocation of £250,000 pa.  He is also inviting reflections on the 20 year revolution in church finance. 

Chapters, Deanery Synods, PCCs (where desired), and other diocesan bodies, are asked to discuss this paper, and to send comments to the Diocesan Secretary by 31 October.  These will then be considered by the new Bishop’s Council at its inaugural meeting early in December.

The Bishops discussion paper can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of the article. Its contents should be self-explanatory, and it serves two basic purposes.

The first is to enable the Diocese to take stock after a long period of transition from the situation 20 years ago, when the Church Commissioners met half the stipend and pension costs of our parochial clergy, to the current situation where all costs are met by the Diocese, almost entirely through parish share contributions.

While there are considerable financial challenges in prospect over the next few years, it is good to report that for 2016 and 2017 the main DBF accounts showed a small surplus on ordinary activities, and our parish share collection rate has reached our initial goal of 95%.  There are, nevertheless, substantial financial challenges in prospect over the next few years, especially due to the increased number of stipendiary curates which we plan to train, in line with national policies.

As explained in the paper, our financial structure is quite closely tied to the inherited parish system, with new initiatives largely emerging locally from within that structure.

Looking at ‘renewal and reform’ initiatives in other Dioceses, it is important to ask whether our current structures are adequate to meet the challenges and opportunities which are before us.

The second purpose is to propose that we set up a five year Development Fund, with a suggested allocation of £250,000 pa.   We hope this will be largely fundable from the current surplus which we have generated on our Pastoral Account (from sale of parsonages, glebe etc).   Historically, the Pastoral Account has been used as a general strategic reserve against large unbudgeted costs, and also for capital initiatives (eg the refurbishment of Foxhill 15 years ago, or the more recent construction of Church House).

The paper contains some suggestions about the potential use of this new Fund, and careful thought will be given to how potential bids are adjudicated.

The paper can be viewed here... Supporting and Developing Missional Communities : A Contribution to Discussion

Please send comments to the Diocesan Secretary by 31 October. 

Ad Clerum - May 2018

Bishop Peter's Presidential Address - November 2017

Ad Clerum - August 2017

Bishop Peter's Presidential Address - November 2016

Confirmation Services in 2018
A full list of dates and services in the Archdeaconries of Macclesfield and Chester.

Chester Clergy Family Charitable Trust
Clergy Family Trust Application Form

Permission to Assist with the Distribution of Holy Communion
Excerpt from Bishop Peter's October 2015 Ad Clerum to explain the new regulations 
Form

Sermons

11 June 2016 Bishop's Sermon for the Queen's 90th Birthday

11 September 2016 Bishop's Sermon at the Consecration of Fr Leonard Dawea as Bishop of Temotu, Province of Melanesia

 


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