Christopher Foster (bishop)

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Christopher Foster
Bishop of Portsmouth
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Christopher Foster before his enthronement at Portsmouth Cathedral, 18 September 2010
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Portsmouth
Installed 18 September 2010
Predecessor Kenneth Stevenson
Other posts Bishop of Hertford (2001–2010)
Ordination 1981
Consecration c. 2001
Personal details
Born (1953-11-07) 7 November 1953 (age 61)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence Bishopsgrove, Fareham
Spouse 1. Julia Marie née Jones (dec. 2001)
2. Sally Elizabeth née Davenport (2006—present)[1]
Children 1 son & 1 daughter (first marriage)[2]
Profession Bishop
Alma mater Durham University

Christopher Richard James Foster (born 7 November 1953) is an Anglican bishop. He is the current Bishop of Portsmouth in the Church of England.

Early life[edit]

Foster born on 7 November 1953. He was educated at Durham University[3] where he held the position of Chapel Clerk at University College. He studied for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge.

Religious life[edit]

Foster was ordained in 1981[4] and began his ordained ministry with a curacy in Tettenhall Regis in Wolverhampton, after which he became chaplain of Wadham College, Oxford. Following this he was vicar of Christ Church Southgate[5] and finally a canon residentiary and sub-dean at St Albans Cathedral.

In 2001 he was consecrated as Bishop of Hertford into the episcopate.[2] In February 2010, it was announced that Foster would be the new Bishop of Portsmouth.[1][6] He was enthroned on 18 September 2010.

Personal life[edit]

Foster's first wife died in 2001. He married his second wife, Sally, in 2006.[1][7] He has one adult son and one adult daughter.[2]


  • Christopher Foster Esq (1953–1981)
  • The Revd Christopher Foster (1981–1994)
  • The Revd Canon Christopher Foster (1994–2001)
  • The Rt Revd Christopher Foster (2001—present)


  1. ^ a b c d Official notification of appointment as Bishop of Portsmouth
  2. ^ a b c Official notification of appointment as Bishop of Hertford
  3. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 Lambeth, Church House Publishing ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  5. ^ Church website
  6. ^ "New bishop for south-east Hampshire". Hampshire Chronicle (Winchester, Hampshire). 9 February 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Debrett's People of Today London, 2008 Debrett's, ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Robin Smith
Bishop of Hertford
Succeeded by
Paul Bayes
Preceded by
Kenneth Stevenson
Bishop of Portsmouth