Diocese announces new Priest in Charge at Allendale with Whitfield

First published on: 12th January 2022

The Diocese of Newcastle is pleased to announce that the Revd Martin Naylor will be taking on the role of Priest in Charge at Allendale with Whitfield.

Martin will minister at St Cuthbert Allendale, Holy Trinity Whitfield, St John Whitfield and St Mark Ninebanks.

Prior to being ordained into the Church of England in 2010, Martin was a research scientist specialising in ecology at the University of Oxford, and has a passion for the environment.

When asked about his new role, Martin said: “I’m very excited to be ministering in the Diocese of Newcastle after spending the last eight years as vicar in Batley, West Yorkshire. We are moving from an urban parish to a rural one situated in such a beautiful part of the world.

“We look forward to meeting everyone and being part of such a wonderful community, celebrating God and his transforming work.”

The Venerable Catherine Sourbut Groves, Archdeacon of Lindisfarne said: “We are really delighted to be welcoming Martin and his wife Kathryn to the Deanery of Hexham in the Archdeaconry of Lindisfarne. He will have much to offer to the churches of the area.

“He will serve as vicar in the parishes of Allendale, Whitfield and Ninebanks in some of the most beautiful countryside of our county, where the churches are welcoming and keen to serve their wider communities.

“In addition, he will be serving as Area Dean of the wider area of Hexham Deanery, helping to promote partnership between parishes and between clergy and lay people. We pray we will be a blessing to Martin and Kathryn as we know they will be to us.”

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