Jonathan grew up in rural Devon and trained for ordination at Lampeter and Oxford. He was a curate in North Devon and in Gloucester, before joining the Royal Army Chaplains Department in 1989.
He served as an Army chaplain in garrisons and training units in the UK and in Germany, and deployed with soldiers on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo. His service included tours of duty as Senior Chaplain to Catterick Garrison, and to the Army Foundation College, Harrogate.
In 2001 he left the Regular Army to become Ecumenical Secretary to the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace, working for both Dr George Carey and Dr Rowan Williams. He served as the Archbishop’s representative on IARCCUM from 2001 to 2004.
In 2005 he returned to regular military service, deploying to Iraq, and later to Afghanistan as the Senior Chaplain to the British Forces. He returned to northern England as the regional senior chaplain for Yorkshire and the North East from 2011-14 and served as the Assistant Chaplain General to the British Army until his appointment as Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven in the Diocese of Leeds in March 2019. He was appointed an Honorary Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral, Nicosia, Cyprus in 2006.