Mark Ireland (priest)

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Mark Campbell Ireland [1] (born 5 April 1960) [2] became the Archdeacon of Blackburn in 2016. [3]

Ireland was educated at University of St Andrews and Wycliffe Hall Oxford; and ordained in 1985. He was a director of Saltmine Trust (company 02930528) from 2005 to 2008. [1] After curacies in Blackburn and Lancaster he held incumbencies in Baxenden, Walsall and Wellington with Eyton [4] before his archdeacon's appointment. [2] [5]

He is a member of the General Synod of the Church of England. [6] In relation to same-sex marriage, Ireland has stated: "I want to maintain the church's traditional doctrine of marriage, but also to belong to a church that truly welcomes and includes gay and lesbian people." [7]

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  1. 1 2 "Mark Campbell IRELAND". Companies House. Retrieved 2 February 2023.
  2. 1 2 "Ireland, Mark Campbell" . Who's Who . Vol. 2019 (1 December 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 3 January 2019.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. "Return to the county for new Archdeacon". Lancashire Post. 14 February 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  4. "Mark Campbell Ireland" . Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing . Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  5. Pendlebury, Fiona (9 November 2015). "New Archdeacon of Blackburn back in the town where be began his career". Lancashire Telegraph . Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  6. Semley, Ronnie (January 2023). "General Synod". The Diocese of Blackburn. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  7. "General Synod Election 2021: MARK IRELAND" (PDF). Diocese of Blackburn. 2021. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
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