On his appointment as the Churches Together in Somerset County Ecumenical Officer.
'I am delighted to be appointed as the next County Ecumenical
Officer for Somerset. I look forward joyfully to serving the ecumenical mission of God at
local and county level, and meeting with and learning from local church communities across
my home county of Somerset.'
Jonathan knows Somerset well. He was born in Wellington and went to Nynehead Church
of England Primary School. In 2021 he will be returning to Somerset with his wife Sue to live
in Wells. They have two adult daughters and are expecting their first grandchild.
Jonathan trained and worked as a psychiatric social worker in London, and was principal
social worker at St Christopher's Hospice. He was ordained in the Church of England in
1990. He served as a curate in an urban multicultural South London parish and then as
Director of Social Responsibility for the Anglican Diocese of Southwark. In 1997 he moved
to Bath as Chaplain for the University of Bath and leader of the Ecumenical Chaplaincy
Team, a new team of eight denominations growing together through a covenanting
Jonathan then served as Priest in Charge for two parishes in Bath, before moving in 2009 to
the Anglican Diocese in Europe as Archdeacon of Germany and Northern Europe (based in
Copenhagen, Denmark, and covering the Nordics, the Baltics and Germany). Here he was
active in the Porvoo Communion and the work of the Meissen Commission bringing closer
relationships between Anglicans and Lutherans.
In 2016 Jonathan moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he is Rector of a large parish and
Jonathan is a Canon Emeritus of The Diocese in Europe, and a Tertiary of the Society of Saint
Francis. His wife Sue is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist, and they have a chocolate
Labrador called Bella.
Jonathan looks forward to returning to his Somerset 'roots'.