Rt Revd Jonathan Clark
Bishop Jonathan was educated at Exeter University and ordained as a priest in 1989. After a curacy in Carlisle he was a chaplain at Bristol University then Director of Studies of the Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme. From 1997 to 2003 he was chaplain at the University of North London, and from 1999 to 2003 also Area Dean of Islington. He then moved across to Hackney as Rector of Stoke Newington until his episcopal appointment as Bishop of Croydon in 2012. Part of the Diocese of Southwark, the Croydon Episcopal Area comprises the London Boroughs of Croydon and Sutton, and a small part of Bromley, and the eastern quarter of Surrey.
Within the Diocese, Bishop Jonathan is Chair of the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education, supporting the work of the diocese’s 106 church schools. For the Church of England, he chairs the Ministry Division’s panel which oversees quality in theological education. More widely, he chairs the Churches’ Refugee Network, a network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, and also chairs the Board of Safe Passage International, a pioneering charity seeking to enable unaccompanied child refugees to be reunited with family members.
Bishop Jonathan holds Masters degrees in both theology and adult and continuing education. His favourite place is Westray in the Orkney Islands, for walking, reading, writing and extreme gardening.