Press release from Number 10
Bishop of Newcastle: Christine Hardman
From: Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street
First published: 2 September 2015
The Venerable Christine Hardman is appointed as Her Majesty’s Bishop in the diocese of Newcastle.
The Queen has approved the nomination of the Venerable Christine Hardman BSc (Econ), M.Th, formerly Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich and now Honorary Assistant Priest in the Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Saviour and St Mary Overie Southwark, for election as Bishop of Newcastle in succession to the Right Reverend Martin Wharton, BA, on his resignation on 30th November 2014.
Notes for editors
The Venerable Christine Hardman, aged 64, holds a B.Sc (Econ) from the University of London and trained for the ministry on the St Albans Ministerial Training Scheme. She later studied for an M.Th. in Applied Theology from the University of Oxford. She was ordained Deacon in 1987 and served her title at St John the Baptist, Markyate Street in the diocese of St Albans. She took up the role of Course Director on the St Albans Ministerial Training Scheme in 1988 and was appointed Director of Mission Studies in 1991.
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 took up the role of Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich in 2001 in the Diocese of Southwark and retired from this office in 2012. Christine is married to Roger and they have 2 adult daughters, Elinor and Isabel.
Her interests include making connections between the worlds of economics and Christian faith, theatre, being in the mountains and cycling (especially bike tours in other countries and cultures).
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The Eastern Region Ministry Course, the successor organisation to the St Albans Ministerial Training Scheme, has issued the statement below the fold.
PRESS RELEASE from the Eastern Region Ministry Course
APPOINTMENT OF VEN. CHRISTINE HARDMAN AS BISHOP OF NEWCASTLE
The Eastern Region Ministry Course (ERMC) sends its congratulations to Christine Hardman on the announcement that she is to be the next Bishop of Newcastle. Christine trained for ordination on the St Albans Ministry Course which was a predecessor of ERMC and was later a staff member on the course, helping it to evolve into the St Albans and Oxford Ministry Course.
Acting Principal, the Rev’d Emma Rothwell said:
“It is a sincere joy to send our warmest congratulations to Christine as she prepares to take up her role as Bishop of Newcastle. I was delighted to read that Christine trained with the St Albans Ministry Course, which is now allied with ERMC. The capacity of students on courses to inhabit a theologically rich way of being, as they connect their training to other areas of life and professional experience is immeasurable and underrated in terms of mission and relating with the wider culture we live in. Our prayers and thoughts go with Christine as she continues her learning, taking up a ministry in the rich and diverse area of Newcastle.”
Acting Vice-Principal Charles Read added:
“I am delighted that Christine is to be the first diocesan bishop who trained on a course. She is a person of great experience both before and after ordination and someone who connects theology and life in deep and natural ways.”