Lipscomb was the son of William Lipscomb, rector of Welbury, and the brother of Francis Lipscomb, who died from a dog bite. Lipscomb was baptised on 20 November 1781 in Staindrop, County Durham. He was educated at New College, Oxford, where he took his MA on 28 June 1811 and was elected a fellow. Lipscombe was ordained in 1816. He was appointed vicar of Sutton Benger, Wiltshire on October 2, 1818  and remained there until his elevation to the Episcopate. Lipscombe was consecrated bishop at Lambeth Palace on July 24, 1824, the same year he obtained his doctorate of divinity from the University of Oxford.
The see of Jamaica was erected by letters patent of George IV, and Lipscomb appointed its first bishop, on July 24, 1824. His initial salary was four thousand pounds per annum. The bishop arrived on Jamaica on February 11, 1825 and was enthroned as bishop in February 15. Lipscombe was the author of Church Societies, a Blessing to the Colonies: A Sermon" He resigned his See in 1842 and died on 4 April 1843.
- Christopher Lipscomb A Sermon [on Matt. x. 16] preached in the Parish Church of Chippenham, at the Triennial Visitation holden by the Bishop of Sarum (Chippenham, s.n., 1820).
- Christopher Lipscomb A Sermon, preached in the parish church of Sutton-Benger, on Sunday, March the 18th, 1821, being the day after the execution of Edward Buckland, for the murder of Judith Pearce. (Chippenham: J. M. Coombs, 1821).
- Christopher Lipscomb A charge delivered to the candidates for Holy Orders: at the Cathedral Church, in Spanish-Town, Jamaica, on Saturday, the 9th of April, 1825, being the day before the primary ordination in that diocese. (St. Jago de la Vega: Jamaica District Committee of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1825).
- Christopher Lipscomb Church Societies, a Blessing to the Colonies: A Sermon Preached at the Parish Church of St. Michael-Le-Belfry, York (London: J., G., F. & J. Rivington, 1840). (The correct spelling of the parish name is St Michael le Belfrey, York)
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- Anglican History
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- The Times, Monday, Nov 29, 1824; pg. 2; Issue 12510; col E Ecclesiastical Intelligence
- Sylvanus Urban (ed.) The Gentleman's Magazine Volume XX New Series July–December (London: William Pickering, John Bowyer Nichols and Son, 1843) page 201-202
- Harry Curteis Lipscombe History of Staindrop Church and Monuments (London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., 1888) p. 93
- Gordon Goodwin, ‘Lipscomb, William (1754–1842)’, rev. Rebecca Mills, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 11 Nov 2013
- Gentleman's Magazine 1843 page 202
- The Edinburgh Magazine and Literary Miscellany: A New Series of the Scots Magazine July - December 1818 p. 381.
- J.B. Ellis The Diocese of Jamaica: A Short Account of its History, Growth, and Organisation (London: SPCK, 1913), page 60.
- 'The Gentleman's Magazine Volume 94, Part 1, page 367 (1824)
- Laws of Jamaica Passed in the Year 1875 (Kingston: Robert Osborn, 1875) page 115
- Thomas Farrar 'The Church of England in Jamaica' West Indian Quarterly 1885-86 (Demerara: Guyana: J. Thomson p. 99
- Gentleman's Magazine' 1843 p. 202
- Anglican Diocese of Jamaica Archived October 23, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- Edmund Burke (ed.) Annual Register, or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1860, Volume 112 (London: J. and F.H. Rivington, 1861) page 456
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