Mark Sowerby

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The Rt Revd
Mark Sowerby
Bishop of Horsham
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Chichester
Installed c. 2009
Predecessor Lindsay Urwin
Ordination 1988
Consecration 25 July 2009[2]
Personal details
Born (1963-10-28) 28 October 1963 (age 51)
Ripon, Yorkshire[3]
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence Bishop's House, Horsham
Spouse Ruth[1]
Children 3 daughters[1]
Alma mater King's College London

Mark Crispin Rake Sowerby (born 28 October 1963[3]) is the area Bishop of Horsham.[4][5]

Sowerby was educated at King's College, London and ordained after studying at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield in 1988. His first posts were curacies at Knaresborough and Darwen[6] after which he was Vicar of Accrington then Vocations Officer and Selection Secretary in The Ministry Division. His last post before his appointment to the episcopate was as Team Rector of St. Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate and Rural Dean of Harrogate.[7][8][9]

Sowerby is married with three children.[1] One of his final acts as rector was to welcome a proposal from NEDL to erect a primary electricity station in the curtilage of the church. This proposal, which has yet to be considered by the planning committee of Harrogate Borough Council, has generated a vast amount of criticism from, amongst others, the Victorian Society, Private Eye magazine and residents of Harrogate.[10]

During a protracted investigation into the efficacy of Safeguarding practices in the Diocese and a vacancy in see, Sowerby was additionally Acting Bishop of Chichester. (The senior suffragan of the diocese, Wallace Benn, was involved with the ongoing investigation.)


  • Mark Sowerby Esq (1963–1988)
  • The Revd Mark Sowerby (1988–2009)
  • The Rt Revd Mark Sowerby (2009–present)


  1. ^ a b c d Official announcement
  2. ^ Peter Owen — Vacant Suffragan Sees
  3. ^ a b Debrett's People of Today — Mark Sowerby Horsham
  4. ^ The Diocese of Chichester – Acting Bishop of Chichester
  5. ^ Daily Telegraph, “Appointments in the clergy”, p24, Issue no 47,929 (9 July 2009)
  6. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory2008/2009 Lambeth, Church House Publishing ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  7. ^ Diocese of Chichester website
  8. ^ Church Times
  9. ^ Church website
  10. ^ [1]
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Lindsay Urwin
Bishop of Horsham