Appointing the next Bishop of Chester

The Church of England is looking to appoint the next Bishop of Chester for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century. The Crown Nominations Commission (CNC) is due to meet on 03 February and again on the 16 and 17 March, with an announcement expected in the spring. 

During this period of change and transition for the Diocese of Chester, Bishop Keith is inviting us all to pray with him for the diocese, the CNC, and the person God is calling to be the next Bishop of Chester. 

Prayer meeting

Come along to one of the prayer meetings organised in the weeks before the CNC is due to meet for the first, and final time.  

Wednesday 29 January, 2pm at Foxhill, led by Bishop Keith - Please register your attendance here.

Thursday 12 March, 2pm at St Michael and All Saints Church, Macclesfield, led by Archdeacon Ian Bishop - Please register your attendance here.

Prayer resources

Please download and use any of the prayer materials below in any way you like. You could include the words in your service sheets, project the images on to a screen at church, and download and print them as posters and place them around the church. 

Long prayer

Short prayer

Responsive prayer



The appointment process to date


Through August and September, the diocese ran a consultation which asked contributors to share their views on who the next Bishop of Chester should be and what qualities he or she should have. 

Statement of Needs

Following the consultation, the Vacancy in See Committee produced our diocesan Statement of Needs. Download a digital version here

Election of CNC members

On 24 September, six people from the Vacancy in See Committee were elected to the CNC alongside representatives of the Church of England as a whole.  

The six members elected to represent the diocese on the CNC are: 

The Ven Ian Bishop

Ian became the Archdeacon of Macclesfield in January 2011. He was brought up in Devizes and worked as a chartered surveyor before ordination. He is married to Sue who works at Crewe YMCA, and he has three adult sons. Ordained a deacon in 1991 and priested the following year he went on to be Rector of Middlewich and Byley and Rural Dean of Middlewich before being appointed Archdeacon of Macclesfield.  He is also a Simeon’s Trustee.
Address: Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Warrington WA4 4GE.  
T: 01928 718834 Ext 234

Canon Dr John Mason

Canon Dr John Mason is Chair of the Vacancy in See Committee and Chair of the House of Laity at Diocesan Synod. He is also an Elected Lay Member of the Church of England's General Synod representing the Archdeaconry of Chester in the Diocese of Chester. John worked initially as a research scientist before taking on management roles in various technical services businesses. John was appointed Diocesan Secretary of the Diocese of Chester in 2006. He is now semi-retired but holds the position of Finance Director in a tech start-up company based in Daresbury. He worships at St Boniface, Bunbury where he has been treasurer for nearly 20 years.
Address: Willington Mill, Weetwood, Tarporley CW6 0NQ
T: 01829 733971

Revd Rob Munro

Rob is the Chair of the House of Clergy at Diocesan Synod and currently chairs the Diocesan Mission Committee. He has served as an elected member of General Synod for over 14 years and is on the Diocese Commission and the National Church Statistics Reference Panel. He is Rector of St Marys, Cheadle and the local Rural Dean, as well as Chair of the Cheadle Village Partnership serving the local community. Rob is married with three children and a dog and used to be a secondary school teacher.
Cheadle Church Office, 11 Wilmslow Road, Cheadle SK8 1DW
T:  0161-428-8050 E:

Canon Betty Renshaw MBE

Betty is an Elected Lay Member of the Church of England’s General Synod representing the Diocese of Chester. She is the Chair of Chester Diocesan Multi Academies Trust (CDAT) and an Elected Lay Church Commissioner. She was formerly chair of Chester Diocesan Board of Finance. 
Address: 82 Ennisdale Drive West Kirby, Wirral CH48 9UA
T: 07443 513351

Miss Debbie Woods 

Debbie is a churchwarden at St. John's Knutsford, a trustee of Growing Young Disciples and an Associate Professor at the University of Law initially in Chester and now in Manchester.
Address: 10 South downs Knutsford WA168ND
T: 07505 381109


Revd Peter Froggatt 

Revd Peter Froggatt is Vicar of Christ Church Barnston with St Michael’s Pensby. He has been in ordained ministry in the diocese for 24 years, previously in Bebington and Rock Ferry and is currently Rural Dean of Wirral North Deanery and a member of Diocesan Synod. He has been a Bishop’s Advisor on national selection panels for 7 years.





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