Thursday, 1 September 2016

Suffragan Bishop of Berwick: Mark Tanner

Press release from Number 10

Suffragan Bishop of Berwick: Mark Tanner

From: Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street
First published : 1 September 2016

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Reverend Canon Mark Simon Austin Tanner to the Suffragan See of Berwick.

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Reverend Canon Mark Simon Austin Tanner, MA, BA MTh, Vice Principal of St John’s College, Durham and Warden Cramer Hall in the diocese of Durham, to the Suffragan See of Berwick in the diocese of Newcastle which has been in abeyance since 1572.

Notes for editors

Canon Mark Tanner was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, then at St John’s College Durham and then at Liverpool University. He trained for the ministry at Cranmer Hall, Durham. He served his title at Upton in Chester diocese from 1998 to 2001.

From 2001 to 2007 he was Vicar at Doncaster in Sheffield diocese before moving on to be Vicar at Ripon in the diocese of Ripon and Leeds from 2007 to 2011, and was also Area Dean of Ripon from 2009 to 2011. From 2009 to 2011 he was OCM with 21 Engineering Regiment, and with 101 Royal Artillery from 2011 to 2013.

Since 2011 he has been Warden of Cranmer Hall in the diocese of Durham and Vice Principal of St John’s College, Durham, and from 2015 he has been Honorary Canon of Durham Cathedral.

Canon Mark Tanner is married and has 2 children.

His interests include walking, running and motorcycles.

The Newcastle diocesan website has Canon Mark Tanner announced as new Suffragan Bishop of Berwick.

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The Newcastle diocesan link doesn't work.


Posted by: RPNewark on Thursday, 1 September 2016 at 8:07pm BST

Preparing for the push back into Scotland, I assume.

Posted by: american piskie on Friday, 2 September 2016 at 11:04am BST

What's an OCM?

Posted by: Simon Bravery on Monday, 5 September 2016 at 7:32pm BST

OCF = Officiating Chaplain to the Military. It is a civilian, part-time role providing support at a local level.

Posted by: Peter Owen on Monday, 5 September 2016 at 10:46pm BST

This thread has been completely overshadowed by later developments. But, not wishing to cast any aspersions on Canon Tanner, or indeed on Cranmer Hall (perish the thought!), I do wonder if we really need more bishops, especially if it involves restoring a See that has been dormant for 444 years. I realise that this appointment is intended to replace a retired assistant bishop in the diocese, but there must be other ways of relieving the pressure on episcopal resources than this.
I expect that it follows the same thinking evident in the R&R project, namely that if we increase the numbers of clergy (or at least dramatically arrest the projected decline), increases in congregations and in giving will surely follow as night follows day. I hope that turns out to be true, but I fear (O me of little faith!) that it is at least as likely that we will just be adding heavily to the financial burdens placed on our ageing and declining congregations. Several dioceses, including my own, are experiencing severe difficulties in balancing their books, and we should not be doing things which will exacerbate this problem.
On the other hand, it was suggested in these columns (not by me) at the time of the appointment of the current +Newcastle that she might turn out to be the last +Newcastle, if the Dioceses Commission felt it right to re-integrate Newcastle with Durham, and restore the historic link with Lindisfarne. If that were to happen, then the restoration of a suffragan see in the north of the expanded diocese might just turn out to be a master stroke.

Posted by: Malcolm Dixon on Tuesday, 6 September 2016 at 9:58pm BST
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