Jonathan Clark (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Jonathan Clark
Bishop of Croydon
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Southwark
In office 2012–present
Predecessor Nick Baines
Ordination 1988 (deacon)
1989 (priest)
Consecration 21 March 2012
by Rowan Williams
Personal details
Born (1961-02-13) 13 February 1961 (age 56)
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Alison
Children Two adult
Alma mater Exeter University

Jonathan Dunnett Clark SCP is a Church of England bishop. He is the current area Bishop of Croydon.[1] An Anglo-Catholic, he was Rector General of the Society of Catholic Priests from 2005 to 2008 and Chair of Affirming Catholicism from 2008 to 2012

Early life[edit]

Clark was born on 13 February 1961. He was educated at Alleyn's School, then a direct grant grammar school in Dulwich, London, from 1972 to 1979. He studied English literature at Exeter University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1983. From 1984 to 1988, he studied theology at Trinity College, Bristol, an Evangelical theological college, during which he completed a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE).[2]

He continued his university studies after joining the priesthood. He completed a Master of Letters (MLitt) degree in theology in 1990. His thesis was titled Narrational technique in the gospel according to Matthew. He completed a Master of Arts (MA) degree in adult education through the Open University and the University of Southampton.[2]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Clark was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1988 and as a priest in 1989.[3] After a curacy at Stanwix[4] he was a chaplain at Bristol University then Director of Studies of the Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme. From 1997 to 2002 he was a chaplain at the University of North London and then the Rector of Stoke Newington until his episcopal appointment.[2]

He served as Rector General of the Society of Catholic Priests from 2005 to 2008.[2] He served as Chair of Affirming Catholicism from 2008 to 2012.[5]

Episcopal ministry[edit]

On 21 March 2012, Clark was consecrated a bishop in Southwark Cathedral by Rowan Williams.[6] He began his duties as Bishop of Croydon on 17 May 2012.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Clark is married to Alison and they have two children.[2]


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  • The Reverend Jonathan Clark (1989–2012)
  • The Right Reverend Jonathan Clark (personal: 2012–present)
  • The Right Reverend The Bishop of Croydon (official: 2012–present)


  1. ^ London Gazette
  2. ^ a b c d e "Two new Area Bishops for Southwark Diocese" (Press release). Diocese of Southwark. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jonathan Dunnett Clark". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 3 December 2016.  (subscription required)
  4. ^ Crockfords (London, Church House, 1995) ISBN 0715180886
  5. ^ "Affirming Catholicism New Chair" (PDF). News letter. Affirming Catholicism. 30 September 2012. Archived from the original (pdf) on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Episcopal Team completed in Southwark Diocese". Diocese of Southwark. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Nick Baines
Bishop of Croydon