Bishop of Berwick leaving Northumberland for pastures new

The Bishop of Berwick, Rt Rev Mark Tanner, is leaving Northumberland to become Bishop of Chester.

Friday, 22nd May 2020, 6:04 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd May 2020, 6:04 pm
Rt Rev Mark Tanner. Picture by Craig Connor/NNP.
Rt Rev Mark Tanner. Picture by Craig Connor/NNP.

He was appointed Bishop of Berwick in 2016 when the Diocese of Newcastle resurrected a title out of use for 444 years.

Bishop Mark is expected to take up his new post in the autumn, coronavirus-related practicalities permitting.

He said: “It will be hard to say goodbye to the North East, but Lindsay (his wife) and I are excited to return to Chester where I was ordained and both of our children were born.

“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.

“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.”

Bishop Mark, who was ordained deacon in 1998, is a member of the Church of England’s Ministry Council and has led the renewal of the Church’s processes for discerning call to ministry.

He and Lindsay will be introduced to the Diocese of Chester via a series of live-streamed events, where members of the public will be invited to watch and participate via Facebook and Zoom.

The Bishop of Newcastle, Rt Rev Christine Hardman, said: “It has been a real joy to work with Mark as a key member of the team here.

“I give thanks for his time amongst us, for his friendship and counsel, his kindness and great sense of fun, and most particularly for his focus on those whom we are called to serve as Christ’s church today.

“He has been instrumental in helping us establish our Resource Church and imagine new possibilities in terms of ministry and mission, and has served us well as Bishop of Berwick.

“I know the Diocese of Chester will be blessed through his ministry there.

“In these challenging times, where it is not possible for endings and beginnings to be what we would want them to be, Bishop Mark, Lindsay, and their family are in my prayers as they prepare for this next season in their lives.”

It is hoped a new Bishop of Berwick will be appointed as soon as possible.