Mark Beach

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The Revd
Mark Beach
Dean of Rochester
Church Church of England
Diocese Rochester
In office 2012–2015
Predecessor Adrian Newman
Successor Philip Hesketh
Personal details
Born 1962 (age 54–55)
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Annabel
Children 1 daughter

Mark Howard Francis Beach (born 1962) is a priest of the Church of England. He was the Dean of Rochester Cathedral from 2012 to January 2015.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Beach grew up in Staffordshire.[2] He studied theology at the University of Kent for his BA degree in 1980[3] and completed an MA degree in mission and ministry studies at Nottingham University in 1995.[3] At King's College London he completed a University of London doctorate in ministry (DMin) in 2011.[3][1]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Beach trained for ordained ministry at St Stephen's House from 1985 to 1987.[3] His curacy was at Hucknall Torkard in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. He then moved to the parish of Gedling, a few miles away in the same diocese, as rector from 1993 to 2001.[1] He was the bishop's chaplain in the Diocese of Wakefield from 2001 to 2003 before going to Rugby, Warwickshire, as a team rector.[1] He left Rugby in 2012 to take up the appointment of Dean of Rochester.[1][4] In January 2015 it was announced that he had resigned from this position because of issues regarding his marriage break-up.[5]

Post resignation[edit]

In late January the Bishop of Rochester announced that "[Beach] is taking on a new role outside ordained ministry, and has been appointed to the post of director of the Blackfriars Settlement."[6]


  • Mr Mark Beach (until 1987)
  • The Revd Mark Beach (1987–2012; 2015–present)
  • The Very Revd Mark Beach (2012–2015)



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