Jonathan Goodall studied music at Royal Holloway College, University of London, and then, after some years working for Macmillan Publishers, trained for the ordained ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He served his curacy in the Bicester Team Ministry in Oxford Diocese from 1989 to 1992, and from 1990 to 1992 also as assistant chaplain, HM Prison Bullingdon. From 1992 to 1998 he was minor canon, chaplain and sacrist at Westminster Abbey.
From 1998 to 2005 he served successive Bishops of Gibraltar in Europe as chaplain and research assistant, and liturgical officer in the Diocese in Europe. Since 2004 he has been a priest vicar of Westminster Abbey, and since 2005 an honorary canon of the cathedral chapter of the Diocese in Europe. From 2005 he was chaplain and ecumenical secretary to successive Archbishops of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace.
Ordained bishop of Ebbsfleet in 2013, he served as suffragan in the Diocese of Canterbury as a “provincial episcopal visitor”. As an assistant bishop, he has had the episcopal care of parishes the Dioceses of Bath and Wells, Birmingham, Bristol, Coventry, Exeter, Lichfield, Oxford, Truro and Worcester.
In September 2021, he announced that he was stepping down from ministry in the Church of England to be received into full communion in the Roman Catholic Church.