Jonathan Greener

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The Very Reverend
Jonathan Greener
Dean of Wakefield
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Leeds
In office 2007 to present
Predecessor George Nairn-Briggs
Other posts Presiding Dean of the Diocese of Leeds (April 2014–present)
Personal details
Birth name Jonathan Desmond Francis Greener
Born (1961-03-09) 9 March 1961 (age 56)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglicanism
Education Reigate Grammar School
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
College of the Resurrection

Jonathan Desmond Francis Greener (born 9 March 1961) is a British Anglican priest. He is the current Dean of Wakefield[1] and presiding dean of the Diocese of Leeds.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Greener was educated at Reigate Grammar School and Trinity College, Cambridge (whence he gained his Cambridge Master of Arts {MA Cantab}).[3] After 5 years as Sales and Export Manager with A & M Hearing (a company run by his father) he studied for the priesthood at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield.

Ordained ministry[edit]

Greener was ordained in 1992. He was Assistant Curate at Holy Trinity with St Matthew, Southwark, while Angus Galbraith was incumbent from 1991 to 1994. During this time he organized the opening of the new Church building and community centre "St Matthew at the Elephant" by Diana, Princess of Wales, one of her final public engagements. He then became the Bishop of Truro's Domestic Chaplain.[4] He was Vicar of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Brighton[5] from 1996 to 2003 when he became Archdeacon of Pontefract, a post he held until his elevation to the Deanery in 2007.

Greener appeared prominently in a BBC Four television documentary, Cathedrals, broadcast in November 2013.[6] The programme focused on recent renovations to the cathedral and the impending decision on the Church of England commission's recommendation that the diocese be merged with two other Yorkshire dioceses.


Church of England titles
Preceded by
George Peter Nairn-Briggs
Dean of Wakefield
2007 –