The new Bishop of Chester has been announced. The Rt Revd Mark Tanner, currently Bishop of Berwick in the Newcastle diocese, becomes the 41st Bishop of Chester in succession to the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster.

Bishop Mark is no stranger to Chester Diocese, having been ordained in Chester Cathedral. He and his wife Lindsay began their family in the diocese, and are very much looking forward to returning. “God’s work is not finished, God’s church is not shut.” In his message to the diocese, Bishop Mark emphasised how in a recent survey, 1 in 4 people in the UK have participated in a digital church service of some kind. “People are hungry for the love of God. That’s what we’re here for – to share the good news of hope that we know in Jesus Christ… God is here for you and that means that we are too!”

Bishop Mark was welcomed digitally to Chester diocese by a wide range of representatives of churches, youth organisations, schools and businesses. Watch out for further details of his enthronement at Chester Cathedral later this year.