Archdeacon of Lindisfarne to leave post after 12 years serving the historic Northumberland community

The Archdeacon of Lindisfarne, the Venerable Peter Robinson, is to leave his role in the Diocese of Newcastle to become the next Dean of Derby.

Monday, 27th April 2020, 4:45 pm
The Archdeacon of Lindisfarne, the Venerable Peter Robinson.

Peter has been archdeacon since 2008 and worked in the oil industry before being ordained in 1995. The Lindisfarne archdeaconry was extended when Peter became archdeacon to include the seven deaneries of Morpeth, Alnwick, Bamburgh and Glendale, Norham, Corbridge, Hexham and Bellingham.

Currently, Peter is chair of the Newcastle Board of Education, which oversees all Church of England schools in the diocese, is the lead for community engagement in Northumberland, and is responsible for the rural delivery of the diocesan vision, growing church bringing hope.

He has been an Honorary Canon at Newcastle Cathedral since 2007.

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He said: “It will be hard to say farewell to the North East which has been our family home for 30 years now, but I have a strong sense of call to Derby Cathedral and Derby Diocese.

“I am grateful to the Bishops under whom I have served for the opportunities to work in some wonderfully rich and fruitful places - suburban North Shields, inner-city Byker and rural Northumberland.

“I have had the privilege of helping to pioneer new forms of church and theological education and also to lead on the rural strand of the diocesan strategy. We will miss our many friends and colleagues as we depart for this exciting role in Derby. I hope we can keep in touch!”

Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman said: Peter has served as Archdeacon of Lindisfarne with outstanding dedication, and his contribution to the senior leadership team and to the life of the Diocese of Newcastle has been very significant, and deeply appreciated. Peter will be greatly missed, and he and Sarah leave us with our love and prayers as they move to Derby.”

Venerable Peter Robinson and Holy Island.

Peter trained for ministry at Cranmer Hall in Durham and served his curacy in North Shields. Following his curacy, he became priest in charge at St. Martin’s, Byker. He has also been director of the Urban Ministry and Theology project in Newcastle.

Peter will take up his new position once the coronavirus restrictions allow him to do so.

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