Mark Ashcroft

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Mark Ashcroft
Bishop of Bolton
Church Church of England
Province Province of York
Diocese Diocese of Manchester
In office 2016–present
Predecessor Chris Edmondson
Ordination 1982 (deacon)
1983 (priest)
Consecration 18 October 2016
by John Sentamu
Personal details
Birth name Mark David Ashcroft
Born (1954-09-03) 3 September 1954 (age 64)
Rugby, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Denomination Anglicanism
Spouse Sally
Children Three
Previous post Archdeacon of Manchester (2009–2016)
Alma mater Worcester College, Oxford
Ridley Hall, Cambridge
Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Mark David Ashcroft (born 3 September 1954) is a British Anglican bishop. Since 2016, he has been the Bishop of Bolton.[1] He had previously been Archdeacon of Manchester from 2009 to 2016. Apart from ten years working in Kenya, he has spent all his ordained ministry in the Diocese of Manchester, Church of England.

Early life and education

Ashcroft was born on 3 September 1954 in Rugby, Warwickshire.[2] He studied at Worcester College, Oxford, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1977; as per tradition, this BA was promoted to a Master of Arts (MA Oxon) in 1982.[3]

In 1979, Ashcroft entered Ridley Hall, Cambridge, an Anglican theological college in the Open Evangelical tradition, to train for ordained ministry. For the first two years, he also studied theology at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA degree in 1981. He undertook a further year of training at Ridley Hall, before being ordained in 1982.[3]

Ordained ministry

Ashcroft was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1982 and as a priest in 1983.[3] From 1982 to 1985, he served his curacy at St Margaret's Church, Burnage, in the Diocese of Manchester.[4] He spent 1986 to 1996 as a member of the academic staff of St Paul's College, Kapsabet, one of the theological colleges of the Anglican Church of Kenya; he was a tutor between 1986 and 1989, and its principal between 1990 and 1996.[3]

In 1996, Ashcroft returned to England. He was rector of Christ Church, Harpurhey from 1996 to 2009, and also area dean of North Manchester from 2000 to 2006. In 2004, he was made an honorary canon of Manchester Cathedral.[2] In 2009, he was appointed the Archdeacon of Manchester.[5]

Episcopal ministry

On 22 June 2016, it was announced that Ashcroft would become the next Bishop of Bolton, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Manchester.[6] He was consecrated a bishop on 18 October 2016 by John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, during a service at York Minster.[1]

Personal life

Ashcroft is married to Sally.[6] Together, they had three sons.[5]


  1. ^ a b Diocese of Manchester (22 June 2016). "The new Bishop of Bolton". Archived from the original on 25 June 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b ‘ASHCROFT, Ven. Mark David’, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 Accessed 27 June 2013
  3. ^ a b c d "Mark David Ashcroft". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  4. ^ Crockfords (London, Church House, 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  5. ^ a b "New Archdeacon of Manchester". Diocese of Manchester. Church of England. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Suffragan Bishop of Bolton: Mark David Ashcroft". Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Andrew Ballard
Archdeacon of Manchester
Karen Lund
Preceded by
Chris Edmondson
Bishop of Bolton
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