On the 13 September 2021 the Bishop announced that the Reverend Canon Jonathan Brewster had been appointed to a new role in the Diocese of Carlisle as Interim Mission Community Leader and Transitional Vicar in the Cartmel Peninsula Team Ministry, with responsibility for the parishes of Grange, Field Broughton, Finsthwaite, Haverthwaite and Staveley. He will provide strategic leadership to enable the churches to work together in mission across the peninsula and to work with ecumenical colleagues in developing the vision. He takes up his new post in mid-October.
Prior to ordination Jonathan taught 7-14 year olds in Southern India and studied for a HND in Business Management at University College Buckinghamshire, where he was also President of the Christian Union. He worked for an underwriting syndicate at Lloyd’s of London. Ordained Deacon in 1994 after studying for a BA in Theology at Trinity College Bristol, he was a curate in the Diocese of Bradford, and between 1998 and 2003 he led an ecumenical chaplaincy team in the University of Westminster. He also served for three years as Assistant Director of Ordinands in the Diocese of London. In 2001 Jonathan completed an MA in Systematic Theology at Kings College London. He was the Vicar of Christ Church with St John and St Saviour in Highbury for 14 years. He also served as Area Dean of Islington since 2014 and was Acting Archdeacon of Hackney from 2015 to 2016, before moving to St Paul’s in 2017 as Residentiary Canon and Treasurer, an appointment involving oversight of the building and the commercial and financial aspects of its work, relating these to the Cathedral’s spiritual mission of worship, prayer and service, as well as development, marketing and communications.
Jonathan said “I have been immensely privileged to be part of St Paul’s Cathedral community since 2017 and to contribute to the valuable work of the Cathedral in my role as Canon Treasurer. While I will be very sad to say goodbye to my colleagues and friends here at the Cathedral, I am very much looking forward to joining the Diocese of Carlisle, and contributing to its ecumenical vision and the important work of the Cartmel Peninsular team working alongside colleagues helping the parishes develop and articulate their identity in a new and developing relationship with each other.”
Jonathan is married to Sarah, and they have two adult and two younger children; the family will be living in Haverthwaite Vicarage. He enjoys playing and listening to Jazz music, reading, and walking the dog.