Jonathan Frost

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The Right Reverend
Jonathan Frost
Bishop of Southampton
Diocese Diocese of Winchester
In office 2010–present
Predecessor Paul Butler
Other posts Chaplain at the University of Surrey and canon residentiary of Guildford Cathedral (2002–2010)
Ordination 1993 (deacon); 1994 (priest)
Consecration 30 November 2010[1]
Personal details
Born (1964-09-26) 26 September 1964 (age 52)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Christine Frost[2]
Children 3 teenage children[2]
Alma mater University of Aberdeen

Jonathan Hugh Frost (born 26 September 1964)[3] is the Bishop of Southampton, a suffragan bishop in the Church of England Diocese of Winchester.

Education and career[edit]

Frost graduated from the University of Aberdeen and the University of Nottingham before studying for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He was ordained a deacon on 27 June 1993, by Patrick Harris, Bishop of Southwell, at Southwell Minster[4] — directly before he began his curacy at West Bridgford — and then a priest on 2 July 1994 at St John's, Beeston, again by Harris.[5] In 1994, alongside his curacy, he became a police chaplain until he moved on from both posts in 1997 when he became Rector of Ash until 2002. Frost also served on the General Synod[6] during the 2005–2010 session.[7]

His most recent posts prior to the episcopate, since 2002, were as Anglican chaplain to the University of Surrey and a canon residentiary at Guildford Cathedral.[6] In 2007, he became co-ordinating chaplain at the university[6] and was appointed the Bishop of Guildford's Advisor for Inter-Faith Relations.[1] It was announced on 30 July 2010 that Frost would become Bishop of Southampton in the Diocese of Winchester, succeeding Paul Butler (following Butler's translation to Southwell).[6] He was consecrated a bishop at St Paul's Cathedral on 30 November 2010[8] and was welcomed to the Diocese of Winchester as Bishop of Southampton and installed as an honorary canon on 4 December 2010 at Winchester Cathedral.[1]

Marriage and family[edit]

Frost is married to Christine, who is a teacher. They have three teenage children.[6]



  1. ^ a b c Next Bishop of Southampton announced
  2. ^ a b Daily Echo — New Bishop for Southampton
  3. ^ Frost, Jonathan Hugh. Who's Who. 2016 (November 2015 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Petertide ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#6803). 2 July 1993. p. 6. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 10 September 2016. (subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ "Gazette: Ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#6857). 15 July 1994. p. 5. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 10 September 2016. (subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ a b c d e Number 10 — Suffragan See of Southampton
  7. ^ Peter Owen — Members of General Synod, 2005–2010
  8. ^ Next Bishop of Southampton to be consecrated today
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Paul Butler
Bishop of Southampton