The Chaplain


The Rev'd Dr Mark Smith read History at Peterhouse. He worked as a school teacher after graduation, before returning to Cambridge to train for ordained ministry. Alongside his curacy, Mark also wrote his doctoral thesis, focussing on fifth-century church councils. He has been the Chaplain and Director of Studies in Theology at Christ's since 2015, and also lectures and supervises in early church history at the Faculty of Divinity (see here). 

Mark is married to Phillippa, and they have two young daughters, Phoebe and Sophie. In his spare time, he enjoys playing cricket, pool and snooker. He once appeared on University Challenge, heroically plunging his team into minus-figures by answering the very first question incorrectly.

The Chaplain has a number of roles in College. In addition to overseeing Chapel life (see here), he also has a wider pastoral responsibility, and is available to speak in confidence to any member of college on any matter. Mark's rooms are in Second Court (A2), and he can also be contacted by email ( 

The Chaplain is also the College's Director of Studies in Theology. He is very happy to hear from prospective Theology students who are considering studying at Christ's - you can find out more here.