Bishop-Elect of Chester - Mark Tanner

On 12 May 2020, Bishop Mark Tanner was named by Downing Street as the next Bishop of Chester, succeeding the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster who retired in September 2019.

Bishop Mark is currently the Bishop of Berwick in the Diocese of Newcastle, a post he has occupied since 2016. He will legally become the Bishop of Chester on 15 July and is expected to move from the North East to the North West over the summer, and take up public ministry in September. 

Of the announcement on 12 May, Bishop Mark said: "It will be hard to say goodbye to the North East, however, Lindsay and I are really excited to return to Chester where I was ordained, and both of our children were born.”

Mark says: “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."

Already Mark has held a number of conversations with people in the diocese and is keen to hear from you and is inviting everyone to share with him a short explanation of what it is you want to see God do in our lives and amongst our churches and communities. Share your short video on social media using the hashtag #wearechesterdiocese. 

Address:  Bishop's House, Abbey Square, Chester. CH1 2JD 
TEL: 01244 350864


Bishop of Birkenhead - Keith Sinclair

I was consecrated as Bishop of Birkenhead on 8th March 2007, having previously been Vicar of Holy Trinity in Coventry for five and a half years,and Vicar of Aston in Birmingham for thirteen years. My passions are evangelism, justice and renewal, having been involved in some regeneration in Birmingham, and the development of youth ministry there and in Coventry. I was curate also in an inner-city parish in Birmingham, having been ordained in Birmingham Cathedral in 1984. During this time I was also Chaplain (part time) at the Children's Hospital in Birmingham.

I worked as a solicitor in Birmingham before ordination, having been trained in London, where I was brought up.
I am married to Rosie, who is a part-time lecturer in family law at Chester University, and we have three children, Peter, Anna and David.

I enjoy rugby, walking and watching films. I love black gospel music, Bach, and I love serving in this Diocese and living on the Wirral.

Address:  Bishop's Lodge, 67 Bidston Road, Prenton, CH43 6TR 
TEL: 0151 652 2741


The Bishop of Stockport - Vacant

In December 2018, Downing Street announced that Bishop Libby was to become the next Bishop of Derby. She was confirmed as the Bishop of Derby at the Confirmation of Election service in London on 11 February 2019. 

Address:  Bishop's Lodge, Back Lane, Dunham Town, Altrincham. Cheshire WA14 4SG 
TEL: 0161 928 5611



The latest updates and information from Bishop's House.

Supporting and Developing Missional Communities : A Contribution to Discussion

The Bishop of Chester is inviting comments on proposals, contained in a discussion paper, to set up a five year Development Fund, with a suggested allocation of £250,000 pa.  He is also inviting reflections on the 20 year revolution in church finance. 

Chapters, Deanery Synods, PCCs (where desired), and other diocesan bodies, are asked to discuss this paper, and to send comments to the Diocesan Secretary by 31 October.  These will then be considered by the new Bishop’s Council at its inaugural meeting early in December.

The Bishops discussion paper can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of the article. Its contents should be self-explanatory, and it serves two basic purposes.

The first is to enable the Diocese to take stock after a long period of transition from the situation 20 years ago, when the Church Commissioners met half the stipend and pension costs of our parochial clergy, to the current situation where all costs are met by the Diocese, almost entirely through parish share contributions.

While there are considerable financial challenges in prospect over the next few years, it is good to report that for 2016 and 2017 the main DBF accounts showed a small surplus on ordinary activities, and our parish share collection rate has reached our initial goal of 95%.  There are, nevertheless, substantial financial challenges in prospect over the next few years, especially due to the increased number of stipendiary curates which we plan to train, in line with national policies.

As explained in the paper, our financial structure is quite closely tied to the inherited parish system, with new initiatives largely emerging locally from within that structure.

Looking at ‘renewal and reform’ initiatives in other Dioceses, it is important to ask whether our current structures are adequate to meet the challenges and opportunities which are before us.

The second purpose is to propose that we set up a five year Development Fund, with a suggested allocation of £250,000 pa.   We hope this will be largely fundable from the current surplus which we have generated on our Pastoral Account (from sale of parsonages, glebe etc).   Historically, the Pastoral Account has been used as a general strategic reserve against large unbudgeted costs, and also for capital initiatives (eg the refurbishment of Foxhill 15 years ago, or the more recent construction of Church House).

The paper contains some suggestions about the potential use of this new Fund, and careful thought will be given to how potential bids are adjudicated.

The paper can be viewed here... Supporting and Developing Missional Communities : A Contribution to Discussion

Please send comments to the Diocesan Secretary by 31 October. 

Ad Clerum - May 2018

Bishop Peter's Presidential Address - November 2017

Ad Clerum - August 2017

Bishop Peter's Presidential Address - November 2016

Confirmation Services in 2020
A full list of dates and services in the Archdeaconries of Macclesfield and Chester.

Chester Clergy Family Charitable Trust
Clergy Family Trust Application Form

Permission to Assist with the Distribution of Holy Communion
Excerpt from Bishop Peter's October 2015 Ad Clerum to explain the new regulations 


11 June 2016 Bishop's Sermon for the Queen's 90th Birthday

11 September 2016 Bishop's Sermon at the Consecration of Fr Leonard Dawea as Bishop of Temotu, Province of Melanesia


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