Appointing the next Bishop of Chester

The Church of England is looking to appoint the next Bishop of Chester to lead the Diocese of Chester.

What has happened so far?


Through August and September, the diocese ran a consultation which asked respondents to share their views on who the next Bishop of Chester should be and what qualities he or she should have. We're pleased to report that 430 individuals, groups and PCC's responded to the consultation. You can read about it here

Statement of Needs

Following the consultation, a drafting group read all of the responses from the consultation and began the process of producing the diocesan Statement of Needs - a brief description of the diocese and statement setting out the desired profile of the next bishop. The document will help inform the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC) as to the qualities the diocese hopes to see in the next Bishop of Chester. 

Download a digital version here

Hard copies of the Statement of Needs will be posted out to all parishes by the end of November.  

Election of CNC members

Diocesan bishops have a variety of roles, not only within the Church of England but also in the local community and the nation at large, because of this, the choice of the next Bishop of Chester is not made by representatives of the diocese alone.

On 24 September, six people from the Vacancy in See Committee were elected to the CNC alongside representatives of the Church of England as a whole.  

The six members elected to represent the diocese on the CNC are: 

The Ven Ian Bishop

Ian became the Archdeacon of Macclesfield in January 2011. He was brought up in Devizes and worked as a chartered surveyor before ordination. He is married to Sue who works at Crewe YMCA, and he has three adult sons. Ordained a deacon in 1991 and priested the following year he went on to be Rector of Middlewich and Byley and Rural Dean of Middlewich before being appointed Archdeacon of Macclesfield.  He is also a Simeon’s Trustee.
Address: Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Warrington WA4 4GE.  
T: 01928 718834 Ext 234

Canon Dr John Mason

Canon Dr John Mason is Chair of the Vacancy in See Committee and Chair of the House of Laity at Diocesan Synod. He is also an Elected Lay Member of the Church of England's General Synod representing the Archdeaconry of Chester in the Diocese of Chester. John worked initially as a research scientist before taking on management roles in various technical services businesses. John was appointed Diocesan Secretary of the Diocese of Chester in 2006. He is now semi-retired but holds the position of Finance Director in a tech start-up company based in Daresbury. He worships at St Boniface, Bunbury where he has been treasurer for nearly 20 years.
Address: Willington Mill, Weetwood, Tarporley CW6 0NQ
T: 01829 733971

Revd Rob Munro

Rob is the Chair of the House of Clergy at Diocesan Synod and currently chairs the Diocesan Mission Committee. He has served as an elected member of General Synod for over 14 years and is on the Diocese Commission and the National Church Statistics Reference Panel. He is Rector of St Marys, Cheadle and the local Rural Dean, as well as Chair of the Cheadle Village Partnership serving the local community. Rob is married with three children and a dog and used to be a secondary school teacher.
Cheadle Church Office, 11 Wilmslow Road, Cheadle SK8 1DW
T:  0161-428-8050 E:

Canon Betty Renshaw MBE

Betty is an Elected Lay Member of the Church of England’s General Synod representing the Diocese of Chester. She is the Chair of Chester Diocesan Multi Academies Trust (CDAT) and an Elected Lay Church Commissioner. She was formerly chair of Chester Diocesan Board of Finance. 
Address: 82 Ennisdale Drive West Kirby, Wirral CH48 9UA
T: 07443 513351

Miss Debbie Woods 

Debbie is a churchwarden at St. John's Knutsford, a trustee of Growing Young Disciples and an Associate Professor at the University of Law initially in Chester and now in Manchester.
Address: 10 South downs Knutsford WA168ND
T: 07505 381109


Revd Peter Froggatt 

Revd Peter Froggatt is Vicar of Christ Church Barnston with St Michael’s Pensby. He has been in ordained ministry in the diocese for 24 years, previously in Bebington and Rock Ferry and is currently Rural Dean of Wirral North Deanery and a member of Diocesan Synod. He has been a Bishop’s Advisor on national selection panels for 7 years.



What happens next? 

February 03
The CNC meets for the first time

March 16/17
The CNC meets again and agrees on the person it wishes to nominate for the role

Downing Street announces the name of the next Bishop of Chester



A prayer for the diocese

Almighty God,
who sent Jesus Christ
to be the cornerstone of your Kingdom
and to call us to follow him;
guide your Church, by the Holy Spirit,
to show love and mercy as we build your Kingdom.
We pray for the person you are calling to be the next Bishop of Chester;
bless, guide and strengthen them to answer your call;
in the name of Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Page last updated: 18th Nov 2019 2:00 PM