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: firstname.lastname@example.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 - vacant
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 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.