Jonathan Meyrick
Bishop of Lynn
Meyrick in 2012
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Norwich
In office2011–2021
PredecessorJames Langstaff
Other post(s)Dean of Exeter (2005–2011)
Consecration2 June 2011[1]
Personal details
Born (1952-04-23) 23 April 1952 (age 71)
Alma materSt John's College, Oxford

Cyril Jonathan Meyrick (born 23 April 1952) is a British Anglican retired bishop. He is a former Bishop of Lynn and Dean of Exeter.[2]

Early life and education

Meyrick was born on 23 April 1952.[3] He was educated at Lancing College and St John's College, Oxford. He then studied for ordination at Sarum and Wells Theological College.

Ordained ministry

Meyrick was made a deacon at Petertide 1976 (27 June), by Peter Walker, Bishop of Dorchester, at St Luke's, Cowley,[4] and as a priest in 1977. After a curacy at Bicester he was domestic chaplain to Patrick Rodger, Bishop of Oxford, from 1978 to 1981 and then a tutor in Old Testament studies at Codrington College, Barbados until 1984. He returned to the Diocese of Oxford as Team Vicar of Burnham with Dropmore, Hitcham and Taplow until 1990, when he moved to become Team Rector of Tisbury, Sarum and Wells until 1998.

While at Tisbury, he served as Rural Dean of Chalke Valley from 1997 to 1998, when he moved to become a canon residentiary at Rochester Cathedral, where he served as Canon Pastor and Acting Dean. On 21 May 2005, he was installed as Dean of Exeter,[5][6] serving simultaneously (ex officio) as Priest-in-charge of Central Exeter. He has presented a weekly feature in The Express and Echo under the name of "Johnny Dean".[7]

In March 2011, it was announced that Meyrick had been appointed as Bishop of Lynn, taking over from James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester. He was consecrated as a bishop by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 2011[8] and installed in Norwich Cathedral on 29 June 2011.

In 2016, he was appointed Provost of Lancing College.[9]

Meyrick retired as Bishop on 25 January 2021,[10][11] but remains Provost of Lancing.



  1. ^ Diocese of Norwich – New Bishop of Lynn
  2. ^ "Cyril Jonathan Meyrick". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 31 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Meyrick, Cyril Jonathan". Who's Who. Vol. 2016 (November 2015 online ed.). A & C Black. Retrieved 10 September 2016. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  4. ^ "Petertide ordinations". Church Times. No. 5916. 2 July 1976. p. 8. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 24 May 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
  5. ^ Number 10 – Dean of Exeter
  6. ^ East Devon- Chairman's engagements[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ This is Exeter – Johnny Dean[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Eastern Daily Press – New Bishop for King's Lynn
  9. ^ Lancing College - new provost
  10. ^ "Bishop of Lynn announces retirement". 3 June 2020.
  11. ^ "Bishop Jonathan bids a fond farewell". 24 January 2021.
Church of England titles Preceded byKeith Jones Dean of Exeter 2005–2011 Succeeded byJonathan Draper Preceded byJames Langstaff Bishop of Lynn 2011–2021 Succeeded byJane Steen