Bishop of Newcastle appoints new Archdeacon of Northumberland

First published on: 9th December 2018

The Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman is pleased to announce that the Reverend Mark Wroe is to be the new Archdeacon of Northumberland.

Mark, 49, has been Acting Archdeacon since the beginning of this year following the appointment of the Very Reverend Geoff Miller, his predecessor, as Dean of Newcastle. Mark is currently vicar at Holy Trinity Jesmond, Newcastle.

His appointment comes at an exciting time for the Diocese of Newcastle as it continues with its five year vision: growing church bringing hope, inspiring growth in worshipping communities across Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Bishop Christine said: Mark is a man of warmth and deep faith. He has been an inspirational incumbent at Holy Trinity Jesmond, and has served the wider Church with wisdom and dedication as Area Dean and since January, as Acting Archdeacon of Northumberland.

Alongside the usual duties of an Archdeacon, Mark will be taking the lead role for the City Centre strand of our Diocesan strategy for growing church bringing hope, and he will be facilitating and overseeing the reshaping of the Diocesan approach to social responsibility. He will also be installed as a Canon Residentiary of Newcastle Cathedral.

The Bishop of Berwick, the Right Reverend Mark Tanner said: Mark brings a wealth of experience and a lovely mix of godliness, wisdom, compassion, and lively hope; he will be much missed at Holy Trinity, but will continue to be a blessing to the Diocese in this new role. I am delighted at his appointment, and look forward to working with him.

Commenting on his appointment, Mark said: I am truly delighted and privileged to be called to serve the Diocese of Newcastle as Archdeacon of Northumberland. In the midst of so much change and possibility, I relish the opportunity to work with parishes and deaneries to proclaim the hope we share in Jesus Christ. In all our richness and diversity as the people of God in the North East, we have so much we offer to our city, all our communities, and those in need.

The Dean of Newcastle, the Very Reverend Geoff Miller added: At the Cathedral we are thrilled to welcome Mark as he comes to work amongst us. We already know that he will be a dynamic, prayerful and generous colleague. He joins us at a wonderful moment in the life of the Cathedral and he will be a great addition to our team. He is also great fun….. what could be better!

Mark will be officially installed as Archdeacon early next year at a service at Newcastle Cathedral when he will become the Venerable Mark Wroe.



Mark is married to Caroline (a renal consultant and research professor) and they have three school age children. Born in Newcastle upon Tyne and growing up in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, Mark knows the North East well. After training at Ridley Hall Cambridge, Mark served his curacy at All Saints Chilvers Coton, Coventry Diocese, and was vicar of St Alban Windy Nook, Gateshead in the Diocese of Durham before moving north of the Tyne to Holy Trinity Jesmond in 2007.

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