Bishops' biographical notes
Rt Revd Christopher Chessun
Bishop of Southwark
Bishop Christopher read Modern History before training for the priesthood. He served curacies at St Michael & All Angels, Sandhurst and St Mary’s, Portsea. In 1989 he became Chaplain and Minor Canon at St Paul's Cathedral as well as Vocations Adviser in the Diocese of London. Appointed in 1993 Rector of St Dunstan & All Saints', Stepney, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, he served as Area Dean and held a number of ex-officio posts on the Governing Bodies of various Trusts and Church Schools and remains a Patron of Tower Hamlets Mission.
After four years as Archdeacon of Northolt he was consecrated bishop in Southwark Cathedral 2005, taking up his appointment as Area Bishop of Woolwich and more widely from 2008 as Bishop for Urban Life and Faith. In March 2011 he began public ministry as the tenth Bishop of Southwark. He is a strong advocate for the parish system as the most effective means of church presence and engagement in local communities including the need to proclaim the Gospel afresh amid the rapid changes in church and community life. He maintains a keen interest in the Holy Land and is a trustee of the Balfour Project and Embrace the Middle east as well as Friends of the Holy Land.
In December 2014 he was introduced to the House of Lords as one of the 26 Lords Spiritual where he speaks on a wide range of issues including Immigration, Overseas Development and Foreign Affairs.
Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham
Bishop of Kingston
When he became Bishop of Kingston in 2002, Richard Cheetham returned to the area of his childhood. He was brought up in Surbiton and his parents still live there. He attended Kingston Grammar School between 1966 and 1974, went to church in Tolworth and was confirmed in Surbiton.
He won an Open Exhibition to Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He graduated in 1977, with a Joint Honours degree in Physics and Philosophy. He was an Oxford Hockey Blue and an under 19 player for England. He followed this with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Corpus Christi College Oxford and then taught science at a large comprehensive school in Richmond, North Yorkshire, (1978-1980). From there he moved to be Assistant Physics Master at Eton College, Windsor (1980-1983) before becoming an investment analyst in London.
In 1985, he went to Ripon College, Cuddesdon where he obtained a Certificate in Theology and in 1987 he was ordained deacon. He served his title at Holy Cross Church, Newcastle and was priested in 1988.
In 1990, he moved to become Vicar of St Augustine of Canterbury, Limbury, Luton in the Diocese of St Albans and was Rural Dean of Luton from 1995 –1998. During this period he was founder and convenor of an ecumenical study group and a founding member of Luton SACRE. He was awarded a PhD by King College London in October 1999.
In February 1999 he became the Archdeacon of St Albans and in July 2002, he moved to Southwark when appointed Bishop of Kingston.
He is married to Felicity and they have a daughter and a son. He still plays hockey and squash regularly. His other interests include theatre, cinema and walking.
Rt Revd Jonathan Clark
Bishop of Croydon
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 1999-2003 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.
He is married to Alison, a senior lecturer at the Open University, and the couple have two grown-up children. Outside of his church work he is a fan of Westray in the Orkney Islands, his favourite place for walking, reading and writing, and a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur football club.
Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu
Bishop of Woolwich
Dr Dorgu was ordained Deacon in 1995 and Priest in 1996. His curacy was at St Mark, Tollington Park followed in1998 to building the community of faith at St John, Upper Holloway, before being consecrated Bishop of Woolwich in 2017.
Born and brought up in Nigeria, Dr Dorgu worked as a medical doctor before ordination. He studied Theology (BA Hons) at London Bible College (now LST). He trained for Ordained ministry at Oak Hill College, Southgate. And, his post-graduate theological research for MA Missiology at All Nations College, Ware. He is keen about sharing the good news of Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. He has a deep concern for mission and regularly led open-air evangelism in his parish which saw his church grow remarkably.
Bishop Karowei has a keen interest in training candidates for Lay and Ordained ministry. He has been involved with theological training as a Tutor of a couple of training programmes. He was for many years Assistant Director of Post Ordination Training in Stepney Area.
He was a Prebendary of St Paul’s Cathedral before his appointment as Bishop of Woolwich. He was also involved in the life of the Church Primary School in the parishes he served in where he had been Chair of Governors, Vice Chair, and supported staff and pupils as Chaplain.
He is married to Mosun who is a Consultant Child Psychiatrist, they have a grown up son, Timi. His interests include personal fitness, reading and cooking for others. He enjoys travel and discovering new places and cultures. He plays tennis, cycles and visits the gym. He is a keen supporter of Arsenal Football Club.