Reverend Mark Stobert

Lead Chaplain

Mark Stobert came into post as Lead Chaplain to CUH in November 2018 having been a healthcare chaplain for over 25 years at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley.  He was  ordained as a Methodist Minister in 1991.

He is a registrant and chair of UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy (UKBHC) which is the register of healthcare chaplains accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).  Mark was part of the UKBHC task group that produced the successful application for accreditation.

He was president of College of Health care Chaplains (CHCC), the professional body for health care chaplains.

Mark is currently studying for a Doctorate in Practical Theology (DPT) using critical reflection to explore the chaplaincy practice of creating ‘Safe Space for Slow Questions’ with patients, visitors and staff of CUH.

“A ‘Slow question’ is a question that can’t be replied to by a fast answer.  Sometimes there are no answers but in asking it can be enough just to be understood.  Sometimes the slow question is simply, ‘Why?’  Sometimes it is the nagging or delicate thought that can only be voiced when it is safe to do so.”

Mark is also a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). 

He is married and has two sons.  His interests are varied and include cycling and mountaineering.  His favourite mountain is Clach Glas and Bla bheinn on the Isle  of Skye.

Mark’s earlier career was as an agricultural engineer working for the Ministry of Agriculture researching into the design of cattle feed barriers and flooring systems with the  British Standards Institute.

My favourite quotation is:

 Create peace within yourself and thousands will find salvation around you

– St. Seraphim of Sarov