What is a Deanery?

A Deanery is a grouping of parishes within a particular area of a Diocese. Within the Diocese of Newcastle, there are 12 of them. Each Deanery is led by an ordained Area Dean and a Lay Chair. 

Clergy who hold the Bishop's Licence regularly meet together in a Deanery Chapter, which allows them to support and pray for each other. The Chapter encourages mutual support between the parishes, such as the sharing of resources and sometimes of ministry responsibilities and other mission tasks. They may occasionally have speakers from within and outside the Diocese to help and inform their discussions.

Each Deanery also has a larger formal meeting called a Deanery Synod, where clergy and lay people elected from each parish meet together. These consider topical issues, are responsible for creating Deanery plans, pass motions to be considered by the Diocesan, and hear from external speakers.

Deanery Synod is also a place where the ‘voice’ of parishes can be heard more widely, and a space for them to discuss and debate common issues, such as the diocesan priorities.

The Area Deans, Deanery Lay Chairs and Archdeacons are regularly in touch with each other so that everyone stays informed and supported in relation to priorities, policy, practice, issues and opportunities.

Deaneries within the Lindisfarne Archdeaconry:

Archdeacon: The Venerable Dr Catherine Sourbut Groves


Area Dean: The Revd Alison Hardy, 01665 571314 revalisonhardy@gmail.com
Deanery Lay Chair: Hugh Williams
Deanery Synod Secretary: Jill Wharton
Deanery Finance Officer: Joanna Chillingsworth

Bamburgh & Glendale

Area Dean: The Revd Louise Taylor-Kenyon, 01668 214748 revdlouisetk@greennet.org.uk
Deanery Lay Chair: Vacant
Deanery Synod Secretary: Carol Griffiths
Deanery Finance Officer: Vacant


Area Dean: The Canon Revd Sarah Lunn, 01434 681 721 sarahlunn63@gmail.com
Deanery Lay Chair: Alice Murray
Deanery Synod Secretary: Vacant
Deanery Finance Officer: Roger Langford


Area Dean: The Revd Canon David Kennedy, 01434 633012 dkennedycorbridge@btinternet.com
Deanery Lay Chair: David McKenzie
Deanery Synod Secretary: Vacant
Deanery Finance Officer: Robin Brims


Area Dean: The Revd Dr Martin Naylor
Deanery Lay Chair: Vacant
Deanery Synod Secretary: Philip Rutherford
Deanery Finance Officer: Nigel Collingwood


Area Dean: The Revd Chris Groocock, 01670 813358 chrisgroocock@hotmail.com 
Deanery Lay Chair: Janice Robinson
Deanery Synod Secretary: Val Pope
Deanery Finance Officer: Linda Rudd


Area Dean: The Revd Canon Dr Sarah Hills, 01289 389216 incumbentholyisland@gmail.com
Deanery Lay Chair: John Ayerst
Deanery Synod Secretary: Phil Rowett
Deanery Finance Officer: Jonathan Gibbs


Deaneries within the Northumberland Archdeaconry:

Archdeacon: The Venerable Rachel Wood


Area Dean: The Rt Revd Mark Bryant, 0191 252 2429 markbryant@dunelm.org.uk
Deamery Lay Chair: Lynne Craggs
Deanery Synod Secretary: Valerie Masterman
Deanery Finance Officer: Vacant

Newcastle Central

Area Dean: The Revd Dr Pauline Pearson, pauline.pearson@northumbria.ac.uk
Deanery Lay Chair: Carol Barclay
Deanery Synod Secretary: Ruth O'Hagan
Deanery Finance Officer: Vacant

Newcastle East

Area Dean: The Revd Phil Medley phil.medley34@googlemail.com
Deanery Lay Chair: Mr Matthew King
Deanery Synod Secretary: Louisa Fox
Deanery Finance Officer: Vacant

Newcastle West

Area Dean: The Revd James McGowan, 0191 266 1071 vicar@jamesbasilfenham.org.uk
Deanery Lay Chair: Meg Fisher
Deanery Synod Secretary: Vacant
Deanery Synod Finance Officer: Janice Stait


Area Dean: The Revd Tim Mayfield, 0191 252 9393 tim.mayfield@btinternet.com
Deanery Lay Chair: Mrs Emma Doran
Deanery Synod Secretary: Jan Porter
Deanery Finance Officer: Iain Shaw

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