|Diocese Diocese of Lichfield|
Consecration 28 October 2009
Children Nataasha Van Kampen
|Predecessor Alan Smith|
Name Mark Rylands
In office 2009–present
|Born 11 July 1961 (age 54) (1961-07-11) |
Spouse Claire van Kampen (m. 1989)
Siblings Susannah Waters, Jonathan Waters
Awards Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play
Movies and TV shows Bridge of Spies, Wolf Hall, The Gunman, Intimacy, The Other Boleyn Girl
Similar People Claire van Kampen, James B Donovan, Amy Ryan, Rudolf Abel, Nataasha Van Kampen
Mark James Rylands (born 11 July 1961) is a British Anglican bishop. Since 2009, he has been the area Bishop of Shrewsbury in the Church of England.
Rylands was born on 11 July 1961, the son of Michael Rylands and Denise née Bates. Thomas was sometime Vicar of Wilton, Wiltshire, Rector of Malpas, Cheshire and honorary canon of Chester and Denise a scion of the Bates baronets (of Bellefield): her grandfather was Edward, 2nd Baronet. He was educated at Shrewsbury School, and the College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham University — whence he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1983. He trained for the ministry at Trinity College, Bristol, gaining a second BA in 1987; and later studied for a Master of Arts (MA) degree from Sheffield University, which he was awarded in 2006. Mark married in 1986 and they have two adult children; his wife is also a priest.
He was made a deacon at Petertide 1987 (27 June) and ordained a priest the Petertide following (3 July 1988) — both times by Michael Baughen, Bishop of Chester, at Chester Cathedral; he began his ministerial career with a title post as assistant curate at St George's Heaviley, Stockport (1987–1991); he was then Vicar of Acton and Worleston, Church Minshull and Wettenhall, Cheshire (1991–1997). He moved to Somerset in 1997 to serve as Team Rector for the Langport Team Ministry (Aller, Drayton, High Ham with Low Ham, Huish Episcopi, Long Sutton, Muchelney, and Pitney); then from 2002 until his appointment to the episcopate he was Diocesan Missioner for the Diocese of Exeter and a Canon Residentiary at Exeter Cathedral.
Rylands was appointed Bishop of Shrewsbury, one of three area bishops (suffragan bishops with delegated responsibility for episcopal areas) in the Diocese of Lichfield: he was consecrated a bishop at Westminster Abbey on 28 October 2009 and installed at Lichfield Cathedral on 2 November 2009.