New Bishop leaves St Pancras station

The new Bishop of Whitby Revd Philip North and Dr Sentamu
The new Bishop of Whitby Revd Philip North and Dr Sentamu

A NEW bishop has been appointed for Whitby and has said that he is excited about getting his hiking boots on and meeting the community.

The Reverend Philip North, team rector of the parish of Old St Pancras, has been appointed by the Queen as the Suffragan Bishop of Whitby, in succession to the Rt Revd Dr Martin Warner.

Revd North said: “I am excited and humbled to have been appointed as Bishop of Whitby and will do my best to serve the people of the Cleveland Archdeaconry and the Diocese of York, both in urban and rural areas. The north east of England is very dear to my heart, havinf been a vicar there for many years, and it’s great to be coming back.”

As Bishop of Whitby Revd North will be responsible for the Archdeaconry of Cleveland and will also assist the Archibishop of York, the Most Revd Dr John Sentamu.

Dr Sentamu said of Fr North: “He is a man of great faith and integrity and has a real heart for serving the community. I am sure that his passion for helping others will shine through.”

The 45-year-old Revd North studied at the University of York and was ordained in 1992. He then went on to serve in Sunderland and Hartlepool, before heading to London.

Since 2008 he has been team rector of the parish of Old St Pancras and said: “While I will be sad to leave Parish life behind, I relish the opportunity to return to the north of England and to an area which is so close to my heart. I am especially excited by the diversity of the Cleveland Archdeaconry and look forward to the opportunity to support clergy and Parishes serving an extremely varied range of environments - from the inner city to rural life, from market towns to fishing villages.”

He added that a return north will allow him to put his hiking boots on. He explained: “As a keen walker and cyclist I look forward to being close to the Cleveland Hills and North York Moors.

“I used to play cricket for the Diocese of Durham and often on the wrong end of a hefty thumping from the Diocese of York. It would be good to think that I might have the opportunity to be on the winning side.”

Revd North will replace the Right Reverend Martin Warner, who has left to take up a post as the Archbishop of Chichester.