Christopher Lowson

Christopher Lowson
The Rt Revd
 Christopher Lowson 
Bishop of Lincoln
Church Church of England
Other posts Archdeacon of Portsmouth (1999–1999)
Archdeacon of Portsdown (1999–2006)
Director of Ministry Division (2006–2011)
Ordination 1977
Consecration 21 September 2011[1]
Personal details
Born 3 February 1953 (1953-02-03) (age 58)
Consett, County Durham
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Susan Lowson
Children One son and one daughter
Alma mater King's College London

Christopher Lowson (born 3 February 1953)[2] is the 72nd Bishop of Lincoln.[3]


Education and ordination

Lowson was educated at Newcastle Cathedral School, Consett Grammar School and King’s College London and ordained in 1978[4]


Lowson began his ordained ministry as an assistant curate in Richmond, Surrey. He was successively priest in charge then Vicar at Holy Trinity, Eltham. From 1982 to 1985 he was Chaplain at Avery Hill College and then of Thames Polytechnic to 1991 when he became Vicar of Petersfield and Rector of Buriton.[5]

He held this appointment for eight years, for the last four of which he was also Rural Dean of Petersfield. In 1999 he became Archdeacon of Portsmouth which then almost immediately split into two Archdeacon of the Meon; and Archdeacon of Portsdown, the latter of which he was until 2006. In that year he was appointed Director of the Ministry Division of the Archbishops’ Council and Priest Vicar of Westminster Abbey, posts he will hold until his consecration to the episcopate.[6] Christopher Lowson was consecrated a bishop on 21 September at Westminster Abbey and will be enthroned at Lincoln Cathedral on 12 November.[1]He is believed to be the only steel worker ever to have been appointed a Bishop. [7]


  • Christopher Lowson Esq (1953–1978)
  • The Revd Christopher Lowson (1978–1999)
  • The Ven Christopher Lowson (1999–2011)
  • The Rt Revd Christopher Lowson (2011–present)


Church of England titles
Preceded by
Graeme Knowles
Archdeacon of Portsmouth
February 1999– November 1999
Succeeded by
Archdeaconry split
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Archdeacon of Portsdown
1999– 2006
Succeeded by
Trevor Reader
Preceded by
John Saxbee
Bishop of Lincoln