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Suffragan Bishop of Penrith

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Venerable Robert John Freeman, BSc, MA, Archdeacon of Halifax, in the diocese of Wakefield, to the Suffragan See of Penrith.

Robert Freeman imageThe Venerable Robert Freeman (aged 58), studied first at St John’s College, Durham and then at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge while he trained for the ordained ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He served his curacy at Blackpool St John, in Blackburn Diocese from 1977 to 1981.

From 1981 to 1985 he was Team Vicar at Chigwell, in Chelmsford Diocese. From 1985 to 1999 he was Vicar at The Church of the Martyrs Leicester in Leicester Diocese. From 1994 to 2003 he was Honorary Canon at Leicester Cathedral and from 1995 to 1998 he was Rural Dean of Christianity South. He was National Advisor in Evangelism for the Archbishops’ Council from 1999 to 2003. Since 2003 he has been Archdeacon at Halifax.

Robert Freeman is married to Chris. They have three daughters.

His interests include time spent with family, computer technology and internet development, walking and travelling, classic Motown, electric blues and rock, computer games, reluctant gardening, reading crime and action-adventure fiction.

Until recently he was Chair of the Christian Enquiry Agencyand continues to be the Chair of the innovative website

He said he was delighted with his new role: “Cumbria is a fascinating and wonderful place, with such a mixture of communities and landscape. I am keen to meet and get to know people and places across the area, and begin to understand and share their story. 

Although this is a challenging time for many churches it is also a time full of opportunities for the gospel and for service and I hope to be able to play a part in strengthening the good things that are already happening across our communities."

The Bishop of Carlisle, the Right Revd Newcome said: â€œI am delighted that Rob is to be the next Bishop of Penrith.  We are all looking forward to working with him, and welcoming him and Chris and the family to the Diocese and the County.  We are particularly excited about the gifts and experience he brings, as we work at our Diocesan Vision and Strategy of Growing Disciples.â€?

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