Canon Mark Oakley

Chancellor, St Paul's Cathedral

Mark was born in 1968 and educated in Shrewsbury, London and Oxford. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1993 and has served as Curate of St John’s Wood, Chaplain to the Bishop of London, Rector of the Actors’ church in Covent Garden, Archdeacon of Germany and Northern Europe and is currently Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral.

At St Paul’s he carries responsibility for the visual arts policy and the educational work of the cathedral. He has a strong interest in poetry, novels, theatre and Scandinavia. He was made Deputy Priest Ordinary to HM the Queen in 1996 and he is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King's College London.

He is a regular broadcaster, reviewer and a well-known preacher.


The Collage of God
Readings for Weddings
Readings for Funerals
John Donne: Verse and Prose
The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry
A Good Year

Lecture titles

  • Are You Sitting Comfortably? The Art of Unease and the Spiritual Life
  • Poetry: The Native Language of Faith
  • The Collage of God: Faith, Doubt and Guessing at God