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Confirmation of Election Service for the 12th Bishop of Newcastle

Wednesday 23rd September 2015

Following Evensong at York Minster yesterday evening, the Archbishop of York led the Confirmation of Election Service for the Venerable Christine Hardman.


The Archbishop said: “I am delighted to welcome Christine to the Province of York. She brings tremendous energy and enthusiasm for the Gospel as well as her wide experience of ministry and mission.  I pray for Christine and for the Diocese of Newcastle at this exciting time”.

Christine Hardman will be the twelfth Bishop of Newcastle since the post was created on the formation of the Diocese of Newcastle by division from the Diocese of Durham in 1882. The eleventh Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Martin Wharton, served from 1998 until his retirement in 2014.

The Consecration Service will be held on 30 November at York Minster.  The Inauguration Service in the Diocese of Newcastle will be held at St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle on Saturday 12 December.

Please remember Christine and her family in your prayers.


About Christine Hardman

The Venerable Christine Elizabeth Hardman, aged 64, holds a B.Sc (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 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. 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.

Christine was ordained Priest in 1994 and became Vicar of Holy Trinity and Christ the King, Stevenage in 1996 and also Rural Dean of Stevenage in 1999. She served as Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich from 2001 to 2012.

In 2012 Christine became Assistant Priest at Southwark Cathedral and received the Bishop’s Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of St Albans where she has been acting Warden of Readers. She has a special interest in mission studies and the social implications of the Gospel.

Christine has been a member of the General Synod since 1998, with one brief break, when she moved from St Albans to Southwark Diocese, and has 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 last Synod 2010-2015 (which came to an end with the July session) and served on the Archbishop’s Council.

She is married to Roger and they have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Immediately after graduation Christine worked as an articled clerk and with an estate agency. Her interests include making connections between the worlds of economics and Christian faith, being in the mountains, cycling (especially bike tours in other countries and cultures), theatre and cinema. For many years she enjoyed running, completing the London Marathon three times and the Newcastle-based Great North Run.

About the Diocese of Newcastle

The Diocese of Newcastle is the Church of England from the River Tyne to the Scottish Border, and encompasses the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, the County of Northumberland, North Tyneside and small areas of Cumbria and County Durham. It includes 246 parish churches and 47 Church of England Schools.


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