The Right Reverend Mark Tanner has been named by Downing Street as the next Bishop of Chester, succeeding the Right Reverend Dr Peter Foster who retired last September.
Bishop Mark has been Bishop of Berwick since 2016, and he has made his mark across the diocese, not least in this parish, where his wife Lindsay has served as a Reader and on occasion, both in person and on Zoom, he has supported her, and plans to do so again in an online service shortly after their departure to Chester. We in the Diocese say farewell to him on Sunday 12th July in a Zoom service led by Bishop Christine.
“It will be hard to say goodbye to the North East,” he says. ”But Lindsay and I are excited to return to Chester where I was ordained and both of our children were born.”
Mark says: “I am so grateful to be part of the life of the Diocese of Newcastle. This is such a special part of the world and it will always be part of us. God is not finished with us yet and I look forward to celebrating what He leads you all into in the months and years to come. It is an honour to be appointed to the Diocese of Chester at such a key time in the life of our communities, nation and Church. In Christ, God offers a gift of hope beyond our imagining and we get to share it in practical service and profound worship. God is here for all.”
Click here to hear what Bishop Mark had to say about his new appointment in conversation with Bishop Christine, shortly after his appointment was announced