Thursday, June 21, 2007

Durham Diocese announces new Suffragan

Mark Bryant (aged 57) studied for the ordained ministry at Cuddesdon College. He served curacies at Addlestone, Guildford from 1975 to 1979, and from 1979 to 1983 at Studley, Salisbury. He was then Vicar of Studley from 1983 to 1988. From 1979 to 1983 he was also Chaplain to Trowbridge College. From 1988 to 1996 he was Vocational Development Adviser, Coventry diocese, and Diocesan Director of Ordinands. From 1993 to 2001 he was an Honorary Canon of Coventry Cathedral. From 1996 to 2001 he was Team Rector at Caludon, Coventry, and from 1999 to 2001 he was also Area Dean of East Coventry. Since 2001 he has been Archdeacon of Coventry and, since 2006, also a Canon Residentiary of Coventry Cathedral.
Mark Bryant is married to Elisabeth, a nurse lecturer practitioner, and they have three grown up children. His interests include classical music, walking and the arts.

From the Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Dr N T Wright,

Bishop Tom writes,
It gives me very great pleasure to welcome the announcement from Downing Street of the appointment of the Venerable Canon Mark Watts Bryant, presently Archdeacon of Coventry in the Diocese of Coventry, to be Suffragan Bishop of Jarrow in the Diocese of Durham. (The Suffragan Bishop of Jarrow is an assistant bishop for the whole of the Diocese of Durham.)
Mark will join a happy and hard-working senior leadership team in the Diocese, and I very much look forward to sharing ministry with him. Bishops are called particularly to give leadership, to teach and care for clergy and people, to get the gospel message across and to build up God’s kingdom in deaneries, localities, parishes and communities. Mark has had a great deal of experience in working towards the regeneration of communities in the midlands. His father was a vicar and Mark has his roots deep in the tradition and life of the church and in the love of God which can be found there.

Mission is close to Mark’s heart. He has a special gift for teaching God’s word, and preaching the gospel, in “unchurchy” language. He is an expert on soap operas and is skilled at making connections between the great biblical stories and the stories of popular culture such as Coronation Street or Eastenders, and relating them to key issues facing people today. He loves being alongside people in the important moments of their lives. All this fits exactly with what we in the Diocese of Durham have committed ourselves to in our “Growing the Kingdom” programme. This is an exciting and demanding time to be Church in Durham. I shall enjoy ministering with Mark and perhaps finding out something of what happens in Albert Square.
My wife Maggie joins me in extending our welcome to Mark’s wife Elisabeth. Mark and Elisabeth met in Durham in their student days and it is a delight to think of them returning to those roots. Mark and Elisabeth will live in the Bishop’s House in Harlow Green, close to the Angel of the North.

It is likely that Mark will be consecrated as bishop by Archbishop Sentamu in York Minster on September 13 th at 11am and welcomed to Durham in a special service in the Cathedral on Sunday September 16 th at 3.30.pm. Those promise to be glad and rich events and we hope as many as possible will come to both of them so that we can give Bishop Mark a real north-eastern welcome.



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