Bishop of Berwick leaving Northumberland for pastures new

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

Tuesday, 12th May 2020, 12:33 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th May 2020, 7:16 pm

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

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

“It will be hard to say goodbye to the North East,” he said. ”But Lindsay and I are excited to return to Chester where I was ordained and both of our children were born.”

Rt Rev Mark Tanner.

Mark added: “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.”

Bishop Mark 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. 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.”

Mark, who lives near Morpeth, served an area between the Tyne and the Tweed. In practice, the role has been similar to that of an Assistant Bishop.

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

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