Diocese of Winchester appoints new Vocations Adviser and Diocesan Director of Ordinands

    18 Dec. 2015

    The Reverend Doctor Marcus Throup has been appointed as the new Vocations Adviser and Diocesan Director of Ordinands. Marcus will be based at the School of Mission at the Diocesan Offices in Wolvesey.

    Marcus read theology at the universities of Oxford and Nottingham, and holds a PhD in New Testament studies. He has worked as a tutor at St John’s College, Nottingham, but has taught predominantly in Brazil, through Church Mission Society, and has published in both English and Portuguese.

    In the year 2000 Marcus did a gap year, working with street children in Brazil. Meeting his Brazilian wife, Tamara, during that time, the ‘gap’ extended to 15 years! As well as training clergy and lay ministers, he worked as a minister in a slum based on and around a city rubbish dump. Later, alongside his role in theological education, Marcus was assistant minister of a small parish and then from 2007 - 2014, assistant minister in a Cathedral near his home of Recife.

    Marcus has been a priest for 10 years, and with his background in mission and ministry brings to Winchester significant experience of forming and mentoring church leaders. As the Diocesan Vocations Advisor Marcus will be a key member of the School of Mission and will lead and develop a team to discern those people in our churches who are being called to a variety of leadership roles, lay and ordained, as part of our vision to equip and enable all church members to live out their faith in daily life and make a difference in their communities.

    The Reverend Doctor Marcus Throup said:

    “We are greatly excited to be coming to the Diocese of Winchester as it works out its present and future vision under Christ. As part of the team, we look forward to facing the challenges together and discerning the opportunities, not least those where God might be working in surprising and unexpected ways.”

    Marcus and Tamara have two small children who are very much looking forward to visiting Peppa Pig World and Legoland!


    For further information please contact the Diocesan communications team on 020 7618 9197 or email