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Christine Elizabeth Hardman (called Chris;[2][3] born 27 August 1951) is a British Anglican bishop and Lord Spiritual. Since 22 September 2015, she has been the Bishop of Newcastle. She was Archdeacon of Lewisham from 2001 to 2008, then Archdeacon of Lewisham & Greenwich from 2008 to 2012.

The Right Reverend
Christine Hardman
Bishop of Newcastle
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Newcastle
In office 22 September 2015 – present
Predecessor Martin Wharton
Other posts Archdeacon of Lewisham/of Lewisham & Greenwich (2001–2012; title changed 2008)
Lord Spiritual (2016–present)
Ordination 1987 (deacon)
1994 (priest)
Consecration 30 November 2015
by John Sentamu
Personal details
Born (1951-08-27) 27 August 1951 (age 66)
Denomination Anglicanism
Residence Bishop's House, Gosforth[1]
Spouse Roger (m. 1971)
Children two
Education Queen Elizabeth's School for Girls
Alma mater University of London
Westminster College, Oxford


Early life and educationEdit

Hardman was educated at Queen Elizabeth's School for Girls, then an all-girls' grammar school in Barnet, London.[4] She studied economics at Woolwich Polytechnic (now the University of Greenwich),[5] and graduated from the University of London with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in 1973.[1] After this, she worked as an articled clerk and with an estate agency. She later studied Applied Theology at Westminster College, Oxford, and graduated with a Master of Theology (MTh) degree in 1994.[4]

Hardman trained for ordained ministry on a part-time basis with the St Albans Ministry Course (this later merged to become the present day Eastern Region Ministry Course).[6] She is the first Church of England diocesan bishop to have been trained on a part-time course rather than at a residential theological college.[7]

Ordained ministryEdit

Hardman was licensed as a deaconess at Michaelmas 1984 (30 September) by John Taylor, Bishop of St Albans, at St Albans Cathedral,[8] and served at St John the Baptist, Marykate Street in the Diocese of St Albans from 1984 to 1987. She was made a deacon on 9 May 1987, by John Taylor, Bishop of St Albans, at St John's, Chipping Barnet.[9] She then served as Parish Deacon of St John's for a year. From 1988 to 1991, she was a tutor on the St Albans Ministerial Training Scheme. She served as Course Director of the St Albans and Oxford Ministry Course from 1991 to 1996. She was ordained as a priest in 1994; the first year that the Church of England ordained women to the priesthood. She returned to St John the Baptist, Marykate Street to serve her curacy between 1994 and 1996.[1]

Hardman was then Vicar of Holy Trinity and Christ the King, Stevenage from 1996 to 2001, as well as Rural Dean of Stevenage from 1999 to 2001. She was then Archdeacon of Lewisham[10] (the title of the post changed to Archdeacon of Lewisham & Greenwich in 2008) until her retirement from the post on 30 November 2012. She then became an assistant priest at Southwark Cathedral and held the title of archdeacon-emeritus.[11]

She has been a Member of the General Synod of the Church of England since 1998, with a brief break, and was the Prolocutor of the Lower House of the Convocation of Canterbury in the last synod 2010–2015; as a diocesan bishop she automatically became a member of the synod once again in the House of Bishops. On the synod, she has served on the following committees: Eucharistic Prayers Revision Committee, the Dioceses and Pastoral Measures Review Group, and the Ethical Investment Advisory Group. She was involved in the legislation which allowed women to become bishops in the Church of England.

Episcopal ministryEdit

On 2 September 2015, it was announced that Hardman was to become the twelfth Bishop of Newcastle[6] — the second woman to be a diocesan bishop in the Church of England and the first in the Province of York. She became the Bishop of Newcastle when her canonical election was confirmed on 22 September 2015 at York Minster.[12] On 30 November 2015, she was consecrated a bishop by John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, during a service at York Minster.[12] On 12 December, a service of inauguration was held at Newcastle Cathedral during which she was enthroned as Bishop of Newcastle.[13]

Upon the retirement on 30 September 2015 of Jonathan Gledhill, Bishop of Lichfield, a seat in the House of Lords became vacant. With the passing of the Lords Spiritual (Women) Act 2015, the vacancy had to be filled by a woman if one were eligible. As Hardman's confirmation of election had taken place eight days earlier, she became eligible. On 18 November 2015, she officially joined the House of Lords as a Lord Spiritual but tradition dictates that she would only take her place once she had participated in an introduction ceremony.[14] She was introduced to the House of Lords on 26 January 2016,[15] and made her maiden speech on 25 May 2016.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1971, at the age of 19, she married Roger;[4][5] they now have two adult daughters and four grandchildren.[17] Her hobbies including running and cycling; she has completed the London Marathon three times and the Great North Run once.


  • The Reverend Christine Hardman (1987–2001)
  • The Venerable Christine Hardman (2001 – 22 September 2015)
  • The Reverend Christine Hardman (22 September – 30 November 2015)
  • The Right Reverend Christine Hardman (30 November 2015 – present)


  1. ^ a b c "Christine Elizabeth Hardman" . Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Review of 2011" (PDF). Diocese of Southwark. p. 7. Retrieved 10 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "The Bridge, March 2007 contents". Diocese of Southwark. Retrieved 10 June 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c Hardman, Christine Elizabeth. Who's Who. 2017 (November 2016 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 10 June 2017.   
  5. ^ a b Robins, Wendy (22 September 2015). "In Profile: Christine Hardman". Diocese of Newcastle. Church of England. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Diocese of Newcastle — Christine Hardman to be Twelfth Bishop of Newcastle (Accessed 2 September 2015)
  7. ^ Eastern Region Ministry Course (2 September 2015). "Appointment of Ven. Christine Hardman as Bishop of Newcastle". Thinking Anglicans. Retrieved 11 September 2015. Christine is to be the first diocesan bishop who trained on a course 
  8. ^ "Ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#6347). 5 October 1964. p. 4. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 10 June 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  9. ^ "Deaconesses ordained deacon (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#6484). 22 May 1987. p. 4. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 10 June 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  10. ^ Southwark Anglican Archived May 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Archdeacons retire (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#7796). 17 August 2012. p. 24. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 11 June 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  12. ^ a b "Confirmation of Election Service for the 12th Bishop of Newcastle". Diocese of Newcastle. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "Inauguration of the twelfth Bishop of Newcastle". What's On. Diocese of Newcastle. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  14. ^ "Bishop of Newcastle". House of Lords. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  15. ^ "Bishop of Newcastle introduced to House of Lords". Archbishop of York. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  16. ^ "Full text of the Rt Revd Christine Hardman's maiden speech in the House of Lords on the 25th May". Diocese of Newcastle. Church of England. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  17. ^ Thinking Anglicans blog. Next Bishop of Newcastle announced (Accessed 2 September 2015)
Church of England titles
Preceded by
David Atkinson
Archdeacon of Lewisham
Succeeded by
Alastair Cutting
Preceded by
Martin Wharton
Bishop of Newcastle