The Diocesan Bishop – Dr Peter Stuart
The Right Reverend Dr Peter Stuart was installed as the 14th Bishop of Newcastle on 2nd February 2018 at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle.
Bishop Peter came to the Diocese after serving in ministry in Tasmania and South Australia. He served as Assistant Bishop from 2009 and twice served as the Administrator of the Diocese (2012 and 2016).
He is married to Nicki and they have two adult children.
Bishop Peter writes, “My prayer and my vision for the Diocese is that we will flourish by grace. There are, across the Diocese, wonderful green shoots of creative change. It is a delight to see clergy and people re-energise existing ministries and embrace new opportunities.
“Anglican clergy and people have recognised that for the Diocese to flourish there is a need to embrace further significant and even radical change. The changes in society, the impact of the disclosures of abuse in the church and our sense of vulnerability mean that is urgency to be different in and as a Diocese. This is seen as essential to our mission and ministry viability.”
One way of striking up a conversation with Bishop Peter is to talk about musical theatre, running or Celtic spirituality. Another way is to talk about his enjoyment of visiting parishes, the work of our Anglican caring agencies and his enthusiasm for our schools.
Bishop Peter was born in England in 1963 and emigrated to Cabramatta in 1971. He has since lived in Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia before returning to NSW.
He is a graduate from the University of Tasmania (Bachelor of Commerce), the Melbourne College of Divinity (Bachelor of Divinity), the University of Technology Sydney (Master of Management) and Flinders University (Doctor of Education).
Prior to becoming a bishop, he was involved in parish and diocesan ministries including parish development, clergy education, and church administration. He has served parishes in rural, suburban and inner-city settings. From 2002 until 2009 he was the Principal of St Barnabas Theological College Adelaide where he taught practical ministry, missiology, and sociology for ministry as part of an ecumenical faculty.
His ministry interests involve deep passion for social justice issues especially the inclusion of all people as equal citizens. In his teaching ministry he is focussing on Centering Prayer – the way of being silent and attentive to God.
In 2016 he tried a couch to 5k app and found that after a couple of months he could run 5 kilometres. Most Saturdays he can be found at a Parkrun. In 2019, he started running 10kms.
You can writings by Bishop Peter here.
Assistant Bishop – Inland Episcopate
Bishop Sonia Roulston
Sonia comes from the Parish of East Maitland, her family having moved there during her Primary School years. She attended the parish Sunday Schools, and through them became involved in the parish’s GFS (Girls’ Friendly Society) group. GFS has been an important part of her life and faith ever since. Her leadership was formed through GFS and also the parish’s youth group, as well as through involvement at DYCON and other Diocesan Youth events.
Sonia was ordained Deacon in February 1995 and priest in November of that year, and has enjoyed ministries in the parishes of Gosford, Singleton, Windale, Cessnock, and Morpeth, before being invited to become the Diocesan Archdeacon. She has also had rich experiences of the Anglican Church nationally and internationally through GFS and is currently National Chaplain.
In her spare time she likes to read, play bridge, and attempt the cryptic crossword.
Assistant Bishop – Coastal Episcopate
Bishop Charlie Murry
Charlie was born in Mackay NQ and grew up in the Parish of North Mackay. His mother convened the parish Church School which first taught him stories of faith and he served in the sanctuary there. A childhood spent walking through the shadow of the Pioneer Valley’s EFM groups welded Charlie’s imagination and faith to the daily stuff of his life.
The conversation about life in faith continued in the catechumenal groups of the Brisbane Parish of Kenmore-Brookfield. They were hectic years of an honest day job, gigging and courting Melissa Tindal, an epoch that culminated in a wedding and entering St Francis college.
Charlie was ordained deacon in November 2004 and priest in December 2005, serving a curacy at Wynnum on Moreton Bay and as incumbent of Charleville in the bush. The conversation focused in the ‘Living Stones’ conferences laid the stepping stones of the call to Singleton.
Lucy and Jake arrived in 2006 and 2008. Among other things, they delight in reading, telling, dancing, acting and singing stories and in these days Charlie with Melissa delights in sharing story, song and life in faith with them.