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

Early life and education

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

Ordained ministry

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 has 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
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Preceded by Bishop of Kensington
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Preceded by Bishop of Birmingham
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