Jonathan Greener

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Jonathan Greener
Dean of Exeter
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseAnglican Diocese of Exeter
In office2017–present
PredecessorJonathan Draper
Other postsPresiding Dean of the Diocese of Leeds (April 2014–2017)
Dean of Wakefield (2007–2017)
Personal details
Birth nameJonathan Desmond Francis Greener
Born (1961-03-09) 9 March 1961 (age 58)
EducationReigate Grammar School
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge
College of the Resurrection

Jonathan Desmond Francis Greener (born 9 March 1961) is a British Anglican priest. He was Dean of Wakefield[1] and presiding dean of the Diocese of Leeds.[2] He became Dean of Exeter on 26 November 2017.[3]

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}).[4] 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.[5] He was Vicar of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Brighton[6] 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.[7] 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.


  1. ^ Burkes
  2. ^ The Dioceses of Bradford, Ripon and Leeds and Wakefield Reorganisation Scheme 2013 (Accessed 3 February 2014)
  3. ^ Wakefield Cathedral — Dean of Wakefield on the Move (Accessed 24 September 2017)
  4. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  5. ^ Crockfords, (London, Church House 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  6. ^ Church web-site
  7. ^ BBC Four Cathedrals, episode 1 of 3: Wakefield. Accessed 14 November 2013
Church of England titles
Preceded by
George Nairn-Briggs
Dean of Wakefield
2007 – 2017
Succeeded by
Jonathan Draper
Preceded by
Jonathan Draper
Dean of Exeter