Mark Santer

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Mark Santer
Bishop of Birmingham
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Santer in September 2015
Diocese Diocese of Birmingham
In office 1987–2002
Predecessor Hugh Montefiore
Successor John Sentamu
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Worcester (2002–present)
Bishop of Kensington
Principal of Westcott House
Ordination 1964
Consecration 1981
Personal details
Born (1936-12-29) 29 December 1936 (age 81)
Denomination Anglican
Profession Theologian
Alma mater Queens’ College, Cambridge

Mark Santer (born 29 December 1936) is a retired Anglican bishop.[1] He is father of television producer, Diederick Santer.

Early life and education[edit]

Santer was educated at Marlborough College and Queens’ College, Cambridge before his ordination in 1964.[2]

Ordained ministry[edit]

After being a curate at Church of All Saints, Cuddesdon, he was a tutor at Ripon College Cuddesdon; Dean and Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge; assistant lecturer in divinity at the University of Cambridge and finally Principal of Westcott House, Cambridge[3] before his ordination to the episcopate as area Bishop of Kensington in 1981.

After six years at Kensington,[4] he was translated to be the Bishop of Birmingham.[5] During this time he took part in the second phase of the ecumenical discussions of the Anglican—Roman Catholic International Commission and was embroiled in controversy over the use of the term "Winterval", which he opposed.[6]

In retirement he served as an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Worcester.


  1. ^ Who’s Who 2008 (London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  2. ^ Crockford's clerical directory London, Church House 1975 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  3. ^ The Times, 20 May 1972, p. 16, "Rev Mark Santer to be Principal of Westcott House, Cambridge"
  4. ^ The Times, 29 October 1980. p. 16, "New Suffragan Bishop of Kensington"
  5. ^ Debrett's People of Today, Ellis, P. (1992), London, Debrett's. ISBN 1-870520-09-2
  6. ^ Winterval gets frosty reception - BBC, November 1998
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Ronald Goodchild
Bishop of Kensington
Succeeded by
John Hughes
Preceded by
Hugh Montefiore
Bishop of Birmingham
Succeeded by
John Sentamu