Biography of the Rev Dr Jonathan Gibbs
The Rev Dr Gibbs has been Rector of Heswall for the past 16 years and prior to that he was Chaplain at Basle with Freiburg-im-Breisgau, in the Diocese of Europe from 1992 to 1998.
He has been Chair of the House of Clergy in the Diocese of Chester since 2006 and Chair of the Diocesan Clergy Chairs Forum since 2011.
He is a member of General Synod, of the Meissen Commission (which links the C of E with the Evangelical Church in Germany), and of the Clergy Discipline Commission.
He has also represented the General Synod on the Council of British Funeral Services and the Churches’ Funerals Group, focusing on the importance of clergy working flexibly and creatively to support grieving families.
After gaining an MA in philosophy and politics from Jesus College, Oxford, he went on to train for the ministry at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, where he also completed a PhD in theology at Jesus College.
He served his curacy in the Diocese of Chester at Stalybridge Holy Trinity and Christ Church from 1989 to 1992.
He is fluent in German, SwissGerman and French.