The Right Reverend Christopher Foster, Lord Bishop of Portsmouth
Christopher Foster has been Bishop of Portsmouth since September 2010. Since arriving in the diocese he has led the development of a framework for outreach and service in the parishes, chaplaincies and communities of south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Ministry for Mission emphasises the calling of all people, lay and ordained, and commits us all to the priority of working together in the name of Jesus for the kingdom of God.
He has particularly become involved where the church or other groups are seeking to support those in poverty, unemployment or need and each year the Bishop’s Lent Appeal has focused on local and national challenges such as food poverty, homelessness and debt. Among his wider responsibilities he is the Chair of the Directors (and Convenor of the Enabling Group) of Churches Together in England, the umbrella grouping of 40+ Christian denominations, a Governor of the University of Portsmouth, and a member of the Dioceses Commission, charged with considering national structural issues.
In the House of Lords, where he was introduced as a Lord Spiritual in 2014, he speaks particularly on the economy and about welfare and benefit issues. Bishop Christopher grew up in the industrial West Midlands and in Surrey before studying economics at Durham and Manchester Universities and briefly working as an economics lecturer.
He studied at Westcott House and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, before his ordination in 1980. He was a curate in Wolverhampton before he became chaplain of Wadham College, Oxford and on the staff of the University Church. He then became vicar of Christ Church, Southgate, in London (serving additionally as director of clergy continuing education), and then Sub Dean and residentiary canon at St Albans Cathedral in 1994.
He was consecrated as Bishop of Hertford in 2001, one of two suffragan (assistant) bishops in the diocese of St Albans. There he was Warden of Readers in the diocese, leading the training and work of licensed lay ministers, chaired the Mission and Pastoral Committee, and was especially involved with outreach among young people and the encouragement of their ministry and leadership. He married Sally, who is also ordained, in 2006 following the death of his first wife, Julia, in 2001. He has two grown-up children, Richard and Miriam.
The Very Reverend Dr Anthony Cane, Dean of Portsmouth
The Very Reverend Dr Anthony Cane is the new Dean of Portsmouth – the most senior clergy person at the cathedral. He is also the second most senior clergy person in Portsmouth’s Anglican diocese after the bishop.
Anthony, who is 57, was previously Canon Chancellor at Chichester Cathedral, where he led its work in the areas of education, the arts, visitor engagement, and external partnerships. During a varied career, he has also worked with the homeless and drug addicts before becoming a Church of England priest.
His role is leading the clergy and lay team at Portsmouth Cathedral, working alongside civic and political leaders in the city, and enhancing its role in the local community.
Although his parents are from Kent, Anthony was born and raised in Cape Town until he was 20, and studied at university there for his first degree. He left college an atheist, and his journey to faith started when he met the woman who would become his wife, Clare, and accompanied her to church.
He worked in three different jobs in London, on the frontline of engagement with vulnerable people – working with homeless people in Vauxhall, a centre for former drug addicts in Earl’s Court, and a church community project on the Kings Road.
After ordination training at Westcott House, Cambridge, he served a curacy in Birmingham, then spent six years as senior chaplain at the multi-campus University of Brighton. He combined parish and diocesan jobs in the Diocese of Exeter, and was then adult education officer in Chichester diocese, developing courses for parishes, training Readers, and designing and running a new programme for curates.
As Chancellor of Chichester Cathedral, he delivered an acclaimed annual series of public lectures, introduced five series of films with spiritual themes in a local cinema, and was a founding member of three charities. He has served as a governor of the University of Chichester, chaired the Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust from its inception, and initiated a ‘Night Cathedral’ event for students.
“Working with homeless people and former drug addicts was a formative experience, not least because my faith was developing at the time,” he said. “Both because of this, and the fact that I was an atheist until my early twenties, I have a strong sense for those on the fringes of church. ”
“I enjoy cathedral worship and pastoral care, and I have experience of helping people into deeper discipleship. But I think it’s important to be outward-facing too.”
“I’m always very happy to work in partnership with other organisations, and sometimes the best ideas come organically through working with others. Cathedrals are well placed to be creative and put on events you might not imagine them hosting. I intend to be out and about in Portsmouth, looking for opportunities to build partnerships.”
Anthony is married to Clare, a teacher, and they have three grown-up children.
The Reverend Canon Nick Ralph, Residentiary Canon and Director of Social Enterprise and Engagement
Nick advises parishes on engagement with their communities and engages with local authorities & other agencies.
Winchester Social Enterprise (WSE) Diocese of Winchester.
Council for Social Responsibility (CSR) Diocese of Portsmouth.
The Reverend Canon Peter Leonard, Canon Chancellor
Peter grew up in various places in the South East of England, beginning a career in Marketing and Public Relations before responding to God’s call to ordination in the Church of England. He trained at Trinity College, Bristol from 1994 and was ordained in 1997. He served in two parishes in the Guildford Diocese between 1997 and 2007, one a traditional wealthy middle class suburban parish and the other a partnership with the Methodist Church in an area of relative social deprivation. He then responded to a call from God to be a teacher and so left the church to train as a primary school teacher. Peter taught in two schools becoming Head of School in a primary school north of Portsmouth.
Peter joined the Cathedral team in 2014 and is responsible for the Education and Community Engagement programme. He has been a member of General Synod since 2015. Peter is a Trustee of OneBodyOneFaith and is Chair of Governors for two local primary schools.
The Reverend Canon Jo Spreadbury, Canon Precentor
Jo served in the diocese of St. Albans for 15 years before moving to Portsmouth in September in 2015. She previously worked at Christian Aid and at St Paul’s Cathedral as a verger.
She was a member of General Synod for seven years, and is currently on the Church of England Liturgical Commission, as well as chair of Praxis.
The Reverend Canon Dr. Anthony Rustell, Residentiary Canon and Head of Mission, Discipleship, and Ministry for the Diocese of Portsmouth
Anthony leads the work of the Mission, Discipleship and Ministry team, advises the Bishop’s Council on strategic development and provides consultancy and training for parishes on lay discipleship development.
The Reverend Matt Bray, Assistant Curate
Matt was ordained a Priest at the Cathedral in June 2018, and is completing his first four years of ordained ministry with us as Priest-in-Charge of St George’s Church, Portsea, Portsmouth.
Kitty Price, Lay Reader
Kitty is a licensed lay minister and regularly takes part in worship services. She also preaches and is part of the team leading discipleship and spirituality course for children, young people and adults.
Dr. David Price, Organist & Master of the Choristers
In addition to his duties at the cathedral, David serves on the committee of RSCM Portsmouth and is a member of the Council of the Royal School of Church Music. Portsmouth University conferred David Price with an Honorary Doctorate of Music in recognition of the significant contribution he has made to the development of music at the Cathedral and for his contribution to the cultural life of the city. In 2009 his St John Passion for Good Friday was published by Encore Publications in a series of the gospel passions alongside John Scott, Philip Moore and Richard Lloyd. In 2013 he was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of The Guild of Church Musicians.
Sachin Gunga, Sub-Organist
Born in Derby, Sachin was trained as a chorister in Derby Cathedral Choir and studied organ under Dr Tom Corfield. Sachin read Classics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, followed by a Master’s in Music at the Birmingham Conservatoire, under Henry Fairs and David Saint. He subsequently held organ scholarships at Truro Cathedral and Wells Cathedral, completing his ARCO diploma in 2011. Sachin’s first Assistant Organist position was at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, where he also made his first appearance as an organist on Radio 4 and Songs of Praise. After spending ten months at Lincoln Cathedral as Acting Assistant Director of Music, he became Assistant Director of Music at Wakefield Cathedral in 2015. Sachin joined Portsmouth Cathedral as Sub-Organist in January 2018.
Peter Sanders, Chapter Clerk
Peter Sanders (Chapter Clerk) – Peter has been Chapter Clerk since 2013. Peter started out as a Student Union President before working as a Probation Officer and following a broad career in the public and charitable sectors. His previous roles include being the Chief Executive of the Kepplewray Project in Cumbria and of St George’s Crypt in Leeds. Peter also serves as a Trustee of Housing Justice.
Sarah Page, Education Officer
Sarah joined Portsmouth Cathedral in January 2015 as our Education Officer. Previously, Sarah was teaching full-time in a Hampshire primary school as Music and ICT leader and has also managed the RE curriculum. She has worked for NCH, the children’s charity, and was the Eurostar Account Manager for Railtrack. Sarah worships in the Meon Bridge Benefice and organises and supports their All Age services.
Malina Green, Head Verger
The vergers, alongside a magnificent team of volunteers, ensure that all of our services, concerts and events run smoothly and act as floor managers for concerts and events.
Tim Sledge, Head of Fundraising
Tim Sledge was Vicar of Romsey Abbey for nearly 10 years before moving to be Head of Fundraising at the Cathedral in 2018. Before this, Tim served as Diocesan Mission Enabler in the Peterborough Diocese. He is co-author of a number of books including Mission Shaped Parish and Youth Emmaus. Prior to ordination, Tim was an Arts Administrator in Yorkshire running classical music festivals and community projects. He is a trustee of Triangulate, a Hampshire mental health charity, and has a keen interest in both the Holy Land and Burundi.
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