The Right Reverend Christine Hardman, Bishop of Newcastle
The Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman was installed as our Diocesan Bishop in 2015.
Her appointment followed the retirement in 2014 of Bishop Martin Wharton.
"I don’t really have the words to express my excitement at coming to this vibrant, warm and proud part of the world," she said as her appointment was announced.
"From my own faith journey I know the key significance of warm, lively, welcoming communities with worship that transforms us and sends us out into the world - bringing the depth of Christian hope to places where hope is thin on the ground.
"God cares about the world - not just about the Church. The rule of Christ is over the whole of our lives. That’s why it so important for Christians to engage with the public square - working with key partners for all that leads to the flourishing of communities.
"As Bishop of Newcastle I will use every opportunity I have to engage in the public square and especially to speak on behalf of those whose voices are not heard."
Bishop Christine became a Deaconess in 1984 and was ordained Deacon in 1987 (serving as Curate at St John the Baptist, Markyate Street in the Diocese of St Albans) and Priest in 1994.
In 1996 she was appointed Vicar of Holy Trinity and Christ the King, Stevenage, and also Rural Dean of Stevenage in 1999.
She served as Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich in the Diocese of Southwark (south London) from 2001 to 2012.
Christine Hardman holds a BSc (Econ) from the University of London and trained for ordination on the St Albans Ministerial Training Scheme. She later studied for a Master’s degree in Applied Theology from Westminster College, Oxford.
She took up the role of Tutor and Course Director on the St Albans Ministerial Training Scheme from 1988-1996. During this period the Scheme merged with the Oxford Ministry Course and she became its Director of Mission Studies.
In 2012 Bishop Christine became Assistant Priest at Southwark Cathedral and received the Bishop’s Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of St Albans where she was acting Warden of Readers.
As Bishop of Newcastle Christine is a Member of the House of Bishops in Church of England's General Synod; previously she was an elected member of the House of Clergy from 1998 to 2015 (with one brief break when she moved from St Albans to Southwark Diocese) and served on many different committees including the Synod's Eucharistic Prayers Revision Committee, the Dioceses and Pastoral Measures Review Group and the Ethical Investment Advisory Group. Her major area of work on General Synod was the legislation to allow women to be bishops. She was Prolocutor of the Province of Canterbury in the Synod 2010-2015 and served on the Archbishop’s Council.
She is married to Roger and they have two daughters and four grandchildren. She is the seventh woman appointed Bishop in the Church of England; the second to lead a diocese and the second to take a seat in the House of Lords.
Bishop Christine has a special interest in mission studies and the social implications of the Gospel.
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