The Reverend Canon Mark Collinson has been appointed as Canon Principal of the new School of Mission in the Diocese of Winchester. The School of Mission aims to help local churches have a positive impact in their local communities and to make a difference in the wider world.
Mark will lead the team of advisers in developing Christian discipleship among adults, youth and children, and offering a range of training courses for lay people and clergy. In this new role, Mark will promote community engagement and help foster a culture of mission throughout the Diocese.
As a Residentiary Canon of Winchester Cathedral, Mark will be a member of Chapter and will, therefore, be involved in the Cathedral’s governance, worship and work, helping to strengthen existing links between the Cathedral and the Diocese and opening up new opportunities for partnership in mission.
After a brief career in management consulting, Mark was ordained in 1998 and served in the Diocese of Chester. Since 2001 he has served as Chaplain of Christ Church, Amsterdam, and has overseen two church plants in different parts of the city. He was appointed the first Area Dean of the Netherlands in 2011 and is an Honorary Canon of the Pro-Cathedral in Brussels.
Mark studied theology at Cambridge and Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, where he is completing a doctorate on mission and the Anglican Church. Mark is also a keen cyclist, plays squash regularly and enjoys hill-climbing. He is married to Sue and has two teenage children.
The Reverend Canon Mark Collinson said, “It’s a great privilege to be joining the team at the Diocese of Winchester and helping to lead the School of Mission and work with the Archdeacon for Mission Development. I’m really excited about strengthening the connection between parishes and Winchester Cathedral during this period of great renewal within the Church.”
The Right Reverend Tim Dakin, the Bishop of Winchester said, “We are delighted to welcome Mark to the diocese. He brings a wealth of experience of working alongside teams of clergy and lay people to enable churches to grow in spirituality and daily discipleship, nurturing new forms of church community and building vision for transformative engagement with the needs of local communities and the wider world.”
The Very Reverend James Atwell, the Dean of Winchester Cathedral said, “Mark will make an excellent new member of the team at the Cathedral and joins us at a time of great opportunity. His particular Diocesan-wide role will enrich the Cathedral’s reach to the Parishes. We look forward to welcoming him in September.”