Diocese of Portsmouth

Bishop Christopher Foster

Bishop of Portsmouth


The Church of England’s ninth Bishop of Portsmouth was the Rt Rev Christopher Foster, from September 2010 until his retirement in April 2021. You can read about his farewell service here.

The Bishop of Portsmouth is responsible for the 139 parishes which make up the Portsmouth diocese, which includes south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The Diocese of Portsmouth is one of only two dioceses in the Church of England that only has one bishop. There are no suffragan bishops.

The bishop's work includes leading the mission and ministry of the diocese as a whole, caring for and inspiring clergy and lay worshippers across the diocese, visiting parishes, ordaining new clergy and confirming those who want to commit themselves to the faith.

We are currently involved in a process of appointing the tenth Bishop of Portsmouth, and you can read more about that process here.  While that process is happening, a 'commissary bishop' has been appointed to help lead the diocese in the meantime. That person is the Rt Rev Rob Wickham, Area Bishop of Edmonton. You can contact him via the bishop's office. Read more about him here and watch his introductory video to the Diocese of Portsmouth below.

The bishop's office, Bishopsgrove, is located in Fareham, whereas the diocesan offices are based in Portsmouth, near the cross-channel ferry port. Our cathedral is in Old Portsmouth.