10 Downing Street today announced that Her Majesty the Queen has approved the nomination of the Right Reverend Dr Jonathan Frost, Dean of York, for election as the 10th Bishop of Portsmouth, in succession to the Right Reverend Christopher Foster, following his retirement in May.
He will lead the Church of England’s Diocese of Portsmouth, which covers 133 parishes across south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Jonathan was appointed Dean of York in November 2018 and has led the community of York Minster, the 'mother church' of the Diocese of York, since his installation in a service there on 2nd February 2019.
Commenting on the announcement, the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell said:
“Jonathan Frost has been an outstanding Dean of York. He is a leader who knows how to be led, a man of prayer and a servant of the gospel. He has very successfully steered York Minster through difficult and challenging times. But he has also enabled it to focus on its primary purpose as a place of prayer and a centre for mission. Although we are very sad to see him go, we are delighted that he has been called to use his considerable gifts of leadership, pastoral care and missionary endeavour as the next bishop of Portsmouth.”