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Christopher Foster (bishop)

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Installed  18 September 2010
Name  Christopher Foster
Ordination  1981
Residence  Bishopsgrove, Fareham
Predecessor  Kenneth Stevenson

Denomination  Anglican
Alma mater  Durham University
Nationality  British
Role  Bishop of Hertford
Consecration  October 21, 2001
Christopher Foster (bishop)
Other posts  Bishop of Hertford (2001–2010)
Born  7 November 1953 (age 62) (1953-11-07)
Spouse  1. Julia Marie nee Jones (dec. 2001) 2. Sally Elizabeth nee Davenport (2006—present)
Diocese  Anglican Diocese of Portsmouth

Christopher Richard James Foster (born 7 November 1953) is an Anglican bishop. He is the current Bishop of Portsmouth in the Church of England.


Early life

Foster born on 7 November 1953. He was educated at Durham University where he held the position of Chapel Clerk at University College. He studied for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge.


Foster was made a deacon on St Peter's Day (29 June) 1980 and ordained a priest the following Petertide (28 June 1981) — both times by Kenneth Skelton, Bishop of Lichfield, at Lichfield Cathedral — and began his ordained ministry with a curacy in Tettenhall Regis in Wolverhampton, after which he became chaplain of Wadham College, Oxford. Following this he was vicar of Christ Church Southgate and finally a canon residentiary and sub-dean at St Albans Cathedral.

On 21 October 2001, he was consecrated a bishop by George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Southwark Cathedral, to serve the Diocese of St Albans as suffragan Bishop of Hertford. In February 2010, it was announced that Foster would be the new Bishop of Portsmouth. He was enthroned on 18 September 2010.

Welfare reform

Foster has spoken out against the Conservative government's changes to the welfare state and austerity measures. In October 2015, he called proposed cuts to tax credits "morally indefensible":

It’s clear to me and many others that these proposals blatantly threaten damage to the lives of millions of our fellow citizens. This must not be the way to achieve the Government's goal at a cost to those, who if we believe the rhetoric, the Government intends to encourage and support. To many in my diocese and beyond this seems punishing rather than encouragement.

Personal life

Foster's first wife died in 2001; they have two adult children. He married his second wife, Sally, in 2006.


  • The Reverend Christopher Foster (1981–1994)
  • The Reverend Canon Christopher Foster (1994–2001)
  • The Right Reverend Christopher Foster (2001–present)
  • References

    Christopher Foster (bishop) Wikipedia

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