Mark Bryant (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Mark Bryant
Bishop of Jarrow
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Durham
In office 2007–2018 (announced)
Predecessor John Pritchard
Other posts Archdeacon of Coventry (2001–2007)
Ordination 1975 (deacon); 1976 (priest)
by David Brown
Consecration 13 September 2007
by John Sentamu
Personal details
Born (1949-10-08) 8 October 1949 (age 68)[1]
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence Gateshead
Spouse (m. 1976)
Children three
Alma mater Durham University

Mark Watts Bryant (born 8 October 1949) is a British Anglican bishop. Since 2007, he has been the Bishop of Jarrow, the sole suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Durham, Church of England.[2]

Early life

Bryant was born on 8 October 1949 and educated at St John's School, Leatherhead. He went on to study at St John's College, Durham University,[1] whence he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts {BA} degree in 1972, and then trained for the ordained ministry at Cuddesdon College for three years.[3]

Ordained ministry

Bryant was made a deacon at Petertide 1975 (29 June),[4] and ordained a priest the Petertide following (27 June 1976), both times by David Brown, Bishop of Guildford, at Guildford Cathedral.[5] He served his title (curacy) at Addlestone, Surrey from 1975, and moved to Upper Studley, Wiltshire in 1979, serving as Chaplain to Trowbridge College (and licensed as an assistant priest at St John the Evangelist, {Upper} Studley/Trowbridge). He was then Vicar of that parish from 1983 until his move to Warwickshire in 1988 to become "Vocational Development Adviser" and Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO; head of the Vocations and Training department) for the Diocese of Coventry. Additionally, from 1993 to 2001 he was an honorary canon of Coventry Cathedral. In 1996, he moved to become Team Rector of the Caludon Team Ministry (Stoke, Coventry; Stoke Aldermoor; and Wyken), becoming also Area Dean of East Coventry from 1999. He was Archdeacon of Coventry from 2001 to 2007 and, from 2006, also a Canon Residentiary of Coventry Cathedral.[1][3]

Episcopal ministry

In 2007, Bryant was appointed to become Bishop of Jarrow, the sole suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Durham. He was consecrated as a bishop by John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, in York Minster on 13 September 2007,[6] and welcomed to the diocese in a special service in Durham Cathedral on 16 September 2007.[7] It was announced on 4 May 2018 that he is to retired on his 69th birthday, 8 October 2018.[8]

Personal life

Bryant has been married since 1976 and they have three adult children; his interests include classical music, walking and the arts.[9][10]



  1. ^ a b c Bryant, Mark Watts. Who's Who. 2017 (November 2016 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 5 August 2017.  closed access publication – behind paywall
  2. ^ Official notification Archived 27 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b "Mark Watts Bryant". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "Petertide ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#5864). 4 July 1975. p. 15. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 5 August 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ "Petertide ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#5916). 2 July 1976. p. 8. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 5 August 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ York Minster — New Bishop of Jarrow consecrated
  7. ^ Durham Cathedral — Installation of the Bishop of Jarrow Archived 20 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Diocese of Durham — Bishop of Jarrow to retire at next birthday (Announced 7 May 2018)
  9. ^ Debrett's People of Today London, 2008 Debrett's, ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9
  10. ^ Diocese of Durham — Bishops Archived 13 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine.

External links

  • Diocese of Durham – The Bishop of Jarrow
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Ian Russell
Archdeacon of Coventry
Succeeded by
Ian Watson
Preceded by
John Pritchard
Bishop of Jarrow
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