Bishop of Jarrow biography

Sarah Elizabeth Clark was consecrated Bishop of Jarrow on 27 February 2019. As a Suffragan Bishop, she is called to work alongside the Bishop of Durham across the whole Diocese and act on his behalf as needed.  

She has particular responsibilities: 

 Ordained ministry

  • Trained for ordained ministry at St John's College, Nottingham
  • Studied an MA in theology and graduated in 1997
  • She was made a deacon in 1998 and ordained priest in 1999 at St Mark's, Woodthorpe
  • After a curacy in Porcester, Nottingham, she was the Rector of Carlton-in-Lindrick from 2002 until 2009 
  • She was the Area Dean of Worksop from 2006 until 2009 and also the Team Rector at Clifton, Nottingham, until her appointment as Archdeacon of Nottingham from 2014
  • She was Dean of Women’s Ministry and Hon Canon of Southwell Minster 2010-2014

 Other careers and interests

  • Bishop Sarah’s first career was as a civil servant, working in the Department of Employment from 1987 to 1995. She progressed through their graduate training programme in the West Midlands where she went on to hold a range of management roles
  • She completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Keele University in 1994 
  • She also studied Sports Science and History at Loughborough University of Technology, graduating in 1986 
  • She’s a keen sports fan, especially football and rugby, supporting Wales of course!
  • Lord of the Rings is one of her favourite films and she’s even seen some of the film sites in New Zealand while visiting friends there
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