The College Chaplain

The Rev'd Dr Mark Smith

The Rev'd Dr Mark Smith read History at Peterhouse from 2002 to 2005, stayed on for the PGCE, and then spent two years teaching in a boys' grammar school. In 2008, he returned to Cambridge to train for ordained ministry at Ridley Hall. During that time, he took the Theology Tripos, and then the MPhil. He was ordained in Ely Cathedral in June 2012, and served for three years as a Curate at All Saints' Church, Little Shelford, and as the Assistant Chaplain of Peterhouse. Alongside his curacy, Mark also undertook and completed his doctorate in Theology (Cambridge), focussing on fifth-century church councils. He 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. His 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, and is an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Divinity, where he teaches early church history (see here). He is very happy to hear from prospective Theology students who are considering studying at Christ's - you can find out more here.