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 Fax: (0191) 270 4101 Email: northumberland@newcastle.anglican.org

Mark was previously Vicar of Holy Trinity Jesmond, where together with the churchwardens and the church council (PCC), he held responsibility for leading the church in its mission and ministry. He is married to Caroline and they have three 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.