From its inception in 1882 the Diocese of Newcastle has always been divided into two Archdeaconries, referred to by the ancient titles of Northumberland and Lindisfarne. In 2008 the boundaries of the Archdeaconries were adjusted in order to make the responsibilities more equitable and focused.
Archdeacons are used to bad press as the ‘trouble-shooters’ and disciplinarians of the church. Jokes aside, the present post holders are seeking to develop a team approach whose key focus is the support of parishes and deaneries, clergy and people throughout the diocese. The following pages hopefully both introduce you to the ‘team’ and provide useful links to resources and further information. However, we are always pleased to respond to personal contacts by email or phone.
Archdeacon of Northumberland
The Ven Geoff Miller, 80 Moorside North, Fenham, Newcastle upon Tyne. Tel: (0191) 273 8245 Fax: (0191) 226 0286 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Geoff Miller came to the diocese in 1999 to serve as a Residentiary Canon and Diocesan Urban Officer. Until then his entire ministry had been lived out south of the Tyne, in the Diocese of Durham. A Mancunian by birth (but a North Easterner by marriage), his initial career was as a teacher and he brings to his work as an Archdeacon his educational gifts as well as his passionate commitment to the Church’s engagement with society.
As Archdeacon of Northumberland he remains a Residentiary Canon at the Cathedral, and he sits as a Trustee of the Hospital of God at Greatham, Lord Crewe's Charity and Shepherds Dene Retreat House. In the Diocese, as well as his normal archidiaconal duties, he chairs the Strategic Development Group of the Bishop’s Council.
Archdeacon of Lindisfarne
The Ven Peter Robinson, 4 Acomb Close, Stobhill Manor, Morpeth, NE61 2YH Tel: (01670) 503 810 Fax: (01670) 503 469 Email: email@example.com
Peter Robinson was ordained in Newcastle Diocese and served a title in the North Shields Team before being appointed the Director of the Urban Ministry and Theology Project in Newcastle East Deanery in 1999. He is committed to a partnership working both within and outside the church. He has experience of managing the church’s involvement with regeneration programmes and was priest in charge of St Martin’s, Byker, now a children’s centre as well as being a parish church.
Prior to ordination Peter worked for Burmah Oil and this instilled in him concerns for good leadership and management in all spheres of life. Peter has responsibilities for theological training and education in the diocese, chairing the Theological Education and Initial Ministerial Training Task group and being involved in setting up Lindisfarne, the Regional Training Partnership. Alongside his usual archidiaconal duties, he is chair of the Seahouses Hostel for young people .
PA/Secretary to the Archdeacons: Katherine Govier
Katherine works at both archdeacons’ offices. She usually spends Monday and Friday afternoons and all day Wednesday at Morpeth, the remainder of the time at Fenham. She may also be contacted at Church House (0191 270 4100) on Tuesday afternoons.
Katherine has been PA to both Archdeacons since March 2008. Prior to this she has fulfilled secretarial roles within the diocese. She is an active member of the congregation at Newcastle Cathedral and has been licensed as a Reader since October 2008.
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