Diocese of Newcastle

Bishop Mark in Newcastle Cathedral

The Right Reverend Mark Tanner, Bishop of Berwick

NEWS: On 12th May 2020, the Right Reverend Mark Tanner was named by Downing Street as the next Bishop of Chester, succeeding the Right Reverend Dr Peter Foster who retired last September. For more, see here

The Right Reverend Mark Tanner has been the Suffragan Bishop of Berwick since 2016 and, working with the Bishop’s staff team, has oversight for mission and ministry in the Diocese of Newcastle.

He describes it as a 'huge honour and great delight' to be a Bishop in the Diocese of Newcastle: 

“What better place could there be to minister the life-giving love of Christ? I love the huge and beautiful diversity of this diocese, from the busy vibrant bustle of life in Newcastle to the wild beauty of Northumbria… and to journey with the church in this place with our ancient heritage and deep authenticity is just wonderful.”

Bishop Mark studied at Christ Church, Oxford, and served as a youth worker at Holy Trinity, Coventry before training for ordination at Cranmer Hall. Ordained in 1998, he was Curate at St Mary, Upton (near Birkenhead) and went on to be appointed Vicar of St Mary’s, Wheatley (Doncaster) in 2001. In 2005 he was awarded Master of Theology from Chester College, University of Liverpool, and in 2007 he left Wheatley to become Vicar of Holy Trinity, Ripon, North Yorkshire, until returning to Cranmer Hall as Warden in 2011. He became an honorary Canon of Durham Cathedral in 2015 and was elected to the Church of England’s General Synod in the same year.

He is married to Lindsay and they have two teenage children. He enjoys vehicles (especially motorbikes, Land Rovers, and a 1951 BSA Bantam he is rebuilding), and being a husband and dad.

In addition to his parish and academic work, Bishop Mark served as a member of the Royal Army Chaplain’s Department from 2009-2013, serving as Officiating Chaplain to 21 Engineer Regiment from 2009 to 2011, and as Officiating Chaplain to 101 Royal Artillery from 2011 to 2013.

He served as Area Dean of Ripon, as New Wine’s Regional Network Leader for the North and East, and was an Associate with ReSource.

Bishop Mark was the convenor of the Renewal series of Grove Booklets; he has written various books on a number of subjects, including books entitled ‘The PCC Members Essential Guide’ (CHP, 2015) and ‘The Introvert Charismatic’ (Monarch, 2015) and a number of Grove Booklets, mainly on preaching and leadership. His passion is seeing people released into all that God has for them; he loves introducing people to faith, is a natural teacher and trainer, an instinctive strategist and networker.

Follow Bishop Mark Tanner on Twitter:@BishopofBerwick

  • The Suffragan Bishop of Berwick supports and extends the Bishop of Newcastle’s ministry across the entire Diocese of Newcastle. The Bishop of Newcastle leads the Diocese and is both the source of teaching authority and the focus for unity within it. A Suffragan Bishop exercises their ministry in support of and by permission of the Diocesan Bishop, and takes their title from a place within the diocese.
  • Prior to Bishop Mark’s appointment the title Bishop of Berwick had been in abeyance since the death in 1572 of the first Suffragan Bishop of Berwick, the Right Reverend Thomas Sparke.