Diocese of Newcastle

Our Archdeacons

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 Mark Wroe, Church House, St Johns Terrace, Percy Main, North Shields, NE29 6HS. Tel: (0191) 270 4151 or 07469 950198 Fax: (0191) 270 4101 Email: northumberland@newcastle.anglican.org

Mark is the twelfth Archdeacon of Northumberland since the Diocese of Newcastle was established in 1882, though the role dates back to at least 1127. The archdeaconry now covers a relatively small geographical area, but includes the large urban and suburban populations of the deaneries of Newcastle Central, Newcastle West, Newcastle East, Tynemouth and Bedlington.

Mark was born in the North East and after studying for a degree in London, then a brief stint as a youth worker, he trained for ordained ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge (1994-96).

After serving his title at All Saints Chilvers Coton with Astley in Coventry Diocese (1996-2000), Mark became Vicar of St Alban’s Windy Nook, Gateshead in Durham Diocese. In November 2007, Mark crossed the River Tyne to become Vicar of Holy Trinity Jesmond, and Priest in Charge of St Barnabas & St Jude in Sandyford. He was made Area Dean of Newcastle Central Deanery in April 2017. Mark became Archdeacon of Northumberland in March 2019.

Mark has an ongoing commitment to see people of all ages and backgrounds flourish in worship and mission to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ to everyone. As part of his current role, Mark is a residentiary canon of Newcastle Cathedral and holds a brief to develop social responsibility in the diocese. He is chair of trustees for Together Newcastle and a trustee of Shepherd’s Dene Retreat House and the Hospital of God Greatham.

Mark is married to Caroline, a renal consultant and research professor, and they have three school age daughters. 

Archdeacon of Lindisfarne

The Ven Peter Robinson, 4 Acomb Close, Stobhill Manor, Morpeth, NE61 2YH
Tel: (01670) 503 810 Email: p.robinson@newcastle.anglican.org

Created in 1842 and originally the four deaneries of Norham, Bamburgh and Glendale, Alnwick and Morpeth, the archdeaconry of Lindisfarne was expanded in February 2008 to include the deaneries of Corbridge, Hexham and Bellingham. Hexham deanery includes the parish of Aston Moor which stretches into Cumbria and also three parishes in County Durham at Muggleswick, Edmunbyers and Hunstanworth in Corbridge Deanery.

Before ordination Peter worked in the oil industry, in research and development, marketing and in technical management. He trained for ministry at Cranmer Hall in Durham and served his title in the North Shields Team in North Tyneside (from 1995). Prior to being the archdeacon of Lindisfarne Peter was Director of the Urban Ministry and theology project in the east end of Newcastle, a deanery project that explored new models of collaborative ministry and continues as Mission Initiative Newcastle East (MINE). He was also priest in charge of both St Martin’s and St Michael and All Angels Byker. Peter was collated as the archdeacon of Lindisfarne in March 2008 and his home and office is Morpeth.

Peter chairs the Newcastle Diocesan Education board which together with the Diocesan Education Board in Durham Diocese resources the church’s Joint Education Team that works across the North East of England. Peter leads the church’s community engagement in Northumberland and is also the leader of the rural strand of the diocesan strategy growing church bringing hope. Outside the diocese Peter is involved in the work of theological education and training and also chairs the William Temple Foundation trustees based in Manchester.

PA/Secretary to the Archdeacons: Katherine Govier

Email: k.govier@newcastle.anglican.org

Katherine works at both archdeacons’ offices. She usually spends Monday and Friday afternoons and all day Wednesday at Morpeth and the remainder of the time at Church House.

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.