The Reverend Mark Birch has been a Minor Canon at Westminster Abbey since January 2015.
As Sacrist, he shares responsibility with the Precentor for the daily worshipping life of the Abbey and the many special services in both the Abbey and St Margaret’s Church. He is also responsible for the care of the vestments, sacred vessels, plate, banners, and furnishings of the Abbey.
Mark Birch came to Westminster Abbey after two years as Priest-in-Charge of the parish of St Faith, Chaplain at the Hospital of St Cross and Chaplain at Treloar College in Alton, in the Diocese of Winchester. He was previously Chaplain at Helen and Douglas House in Oxford, and before that Chaplain and Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He served his curacy at the parish of Cirencester with Watermoor in the Diocese of Gloucester.