Archdeacon to a Bishop

Robert Freeman and his wife Chris'[picture credit: Richard Pratt, Assistant Comms Officer, Diocese of Carlisle]
Robert Freeman and his wife Chris'[picture credit: Richard Pratt, Assistant Comms Officer, Diocese of Carlisle]

THE Brighouse-based Archdeacon of Halifax, Robert Freeman has been named as the new Bishop of Penrith.

He has been the Archdeacon of Halifax in the Diocese of Wakefield since 2003 and lives at Vicarage Gardens, Rastrick.

He succeeds the Rt Rev James Newcome who became Bishop of Carlisle in July 2009.

Rev Freeman said: “I am enormously looking forward to my 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.

“I hope to be able to play a part in strengthening the good things that are already happening across our communities.”

During his time in Calderdale he has been involed with various initiatives to help churches strengthen their sense of purpose and look at ways to serve their communities.

The Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Rev Stephen Platten said: “Robert has been an outstanding Archdeacon of Halifax offering vision, pastoral care and insight.

“The people of Cumbria are very fortunate to receive such a distinguished priest.”

Rev Freeman, who is married to Chris and has three grown up daughters, has become a grandfather for the first time.

He said: “Both Chris and I value people’s prayers as we leave friends in Yorkshire and begin this new phase of serving God in ministry and mission.”

They move in August.