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New Bishop of Chester named

New Bishop of Chester named as Rt Rev Mark Tanner

New bishop is married father-of-two, who rides a motorbike and is qualified scuba diver

A motorcycling bishop and underwater diver, he succeeds the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster who retired in September 2019.

Bishop Mark, 49, is currently Bishop of Berwick in the Diocese of Newcastle, a post he has occupied since 2016.

Mark, who will take up his new post as the 41st Bishop of Chester in the autumn, said: “It is an honour and a joy 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; there is no greater joy or privilege than enabling others to step into this freedom and life, whether in deeply practical service or beautiful wonder and worship. God is here for all.”