Bishop Jonathan Gibbs
Bishop of Huddersfield Jonathan Gibbs grew up in Cheshire and then studied at Jesus College, Oxford for his MA in Philosophy and Politics and Jesus College, Cambridge for a PhD on the Theology of Work. He trained for ordained ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He served his curacy in the Diocese of Chester at Stalybridge, Holy Trinity and Christ Church from 1989 -92. He was Chaplain at Basle with Freiburg-im-Breisgau, in the Diocese of Europe from 1992 – 98 and was Rector of Heswall in the Diocese of Chester from 1998 until 2014.
Jonathan was Chair of the House of Clergy in the Diocese of Chester from 2006 and Chair of the Diocesan Clergy Chairs Forum from 2011 to 2014. He was formerly a member of the Clergy Discipline Commission and is a member of the General Synod and of the Meissen Commission, linking the Church of England with the Evangelical Church in Germany.
He is married to Toni and they have three children. His interests include walking, usually accompanied by their Cocker Spaniel, and rummaging in second hand bookshops. He is a fluent French speaker with a love of France, and especially its wines. He also speaks German and Swiss-German. He and his wife, who originally met when working in Paris, enjoy entertaining and making new friends. Jonathan is also a member of the Campaign to Protect Rural England and the Campaign for Real Ale, committed to supporting village and community life. Jonathan was consecrated as Bishop of Huddersfield in York Minster on 17 October 2014.