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The New Bishop of Bolton

Her Majesty the Queen has appointed the Venerable Mark David Ashcroft, Archdeacon of Manchester, to be the next Bishop of Bolton in the Diocese of Manchester.

Mark Ashcroft, 61, has served as the Archdeacon of Manchester and Residentiary Canon of Manchester Cathedral since 2009.  He will be consecrated in October at York Minster by the Archbishop of York and take up his appointment in November.  Mark is married to Sally and they have three adult children.  They met in Kenya while volunteers with the Church Mission Society and have a lifelong commitment to mission.

The Bishop of Manchester, The Rt Revd Dr David Walker said. “I am delighted that Archdeacon Mark has accepted the crown’s invitation to be the next Bishop of Bolton.  Having worked with him as a colleague, I know that he has the requisite gifts and skills, and that this new role will give him a base from which to offer even more to God and the Church.”