The Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, the former Dean of Exeter, was consecrated Suffragan Bishop of Lynn by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Westminster Abbey on Thursday 2nd June at 11am. He has been formally welcomed to the Diocese at a special service at St Margaret's, King's Lynn on Sunday 19 June at 6.30pm, and installed at Norwich Cathedral on Wednesday 29 June at 5.30pm.
He was ordained in the Diocese of Oxford in 1976 following training at Salisbury and Wells Theological College and an undergraduate degree in Theology at St John's College, Oxford. He served a five month placement in the Diocese of South Carolina during his training years and a title curacy in the Bicester Team Ministry, at that point still an agricultural market town. In 1978 he became domestic chaplain to the then Bishop of Oxford and three years later moved to the West Indies to serve as tutor in Old Testament studies at Codrington College, Barbados. In 1984 he returned to the Diocese of Oxford as Team Vicar of Taplow and Dropmore in the Burnham Team Ministry. From 1990 - 98 he was Team Rector of Tisbury in the Diocese of Salisbury and Rural Dean of Chalke from 1997. Two Cathedral jobs followed, firstly in Rochester where he was Canon Pastor and Acting Dean for two years; and secondly in Exeter where he became Dean in 2005.
Within this Diocese, the Bishop of Norwich has given Bishop Jonathan Area Responsibility for the episcopal oversight in the Archdeaconry of Lynn (North and West Norfolk), Diocesan wide responsibility for Social and Voluntary Concerns, Youth and Children's work, Healthcare, Prison and Industrial Chaplaincies and the link with Papua New Guinea. Many of these responsibilities reflect Bishop Jonathan's concern for the churches place in the overall life of the community. Plymouth University has recently awarded him an honorary doctorate in Education in recognition of his place in the life of the community in Devon.
He married Rebecca Keatley in 1984 who is a clinical nurse specialist in palliative care. They have three children in their early to mid-twenties, George, Nancy and Buffy. All five of them are thoroughly enjoying their first taste of life in Norfolk and look forward to many happy years as part of the Diocese of Norwich.