Mark Rylands

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The Right Reverend
Mark Rylands
Bishop of Shrewsbury
Diocese Diocese of Lichfield
In office 2009–present
Predecessor Alan Smith
Ordination 1988
Consecration 28 October 2009[1]
Personal details
Born (1961-07-11) 11 July 1961 (age 55)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence Athlone House, Shrewsbury[2]
Parents Thomas Rylands (father)
Spouse Amanda[3]
Children 1 daughter & 1 son: Frances & Samuel[3]
Alma mater Hild Bede, Durham

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.

Early life[edit]

Rylands was born on 11 July 1961,[4] the son of Thomas Rylands, sometime canon, Vicar of Wilton and Rural Dean of Malpas.[5] He was educated at Packwood Haugh School near Ruyton-XI-Towns, Shrewsbury School, the College of St Hild and St Bede and Trinity College, Bristol.[6]

Ordained ministry[edit]

He was ordained in 1988 and began his career with a curacy at St George's, Stockport.[7] He was then Vicar of Acton and Worleston, Cheshire and from 1997 to 2002 Team Rector for Langport, Somerset. Since then until his elevation to the Episcopate[8] he has been Diocesan Missioner and a Canon Residentiary at Exeter Cathedral.[9]


Rylands was consecrated a bishop at Westminster Abbey on 28 October 2009 and installed as Bishop of Shrewsbury at Lichfield Cathedral on 2 November 2009.[1][3][10]

Personal life[edit]

His wife Amanda is also a priest and they have two adult children, Frances and Samuel.



  1. ^ a b Diocese of Lichfield — Hear Ye: Town Crier invites shoppers to “pull up a pew” with bishop
  2. ^ Diocese of Lichfield — Bishop of Shrewsbury
  3. ^ a b c "Official announcement: Suffragan See of Shrewsbury". 4 August 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  4. ^ "". Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  5. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  6. ^ Crockford's 2008-09 Lambeth, Church House, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  7. ^ "St George's with St Gabriel's, Stockport". Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  8. ^ "Rural evangelist chosen as Bishop of Shrewsbury". Diocese of Lichfield. 4 August 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  9. ^ "Shrewsbury's new bishop announced". BBC News. 4 August 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  10. ^ "'Making disciples' is main task". BBC Shropshire. 5 August 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Alan Smith
Bishop of Shrewsbury