Diocese of Portsmouth

Bishop Christopher Foster

Bishop of Portsmouth


The Church of England's Bishop of Portsmouth is the Rt Rev Christopher Foster. He is responsible for the 139 parishes which make up the Portsmouth diocese, which includes south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

His office, Bishopsgrove, is located in Fareham, whereas the diocesan offices are based in Portsmouth, near the cross-channel ferry port. His cathedral is in Old Portsmouth.

His 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. 

Read about Bishop Christopher's vision for the diocese
Read a selection of Bishop Christopher's recent sermons and speeches
Bishop Christopher with worshippers after his installation at our cathedral