Diocesan Archdeacon

Archdeacon Sonia Roulston supports the bishops and the regional archdeacons in their ministries. She provides a ministry perspective to matters that come into the Diocesan office for decision and assistance.

Regional Archdeacons

The Regional Archdeacons work closely with the bishops and the diocesan archdeacon. They consider carefully the competing priorities of their region, the limitations on their time and prioritise their work in:

  • Supporting the parishes of their region to discern with the Bishop the missional leadership and governance they need
  • Identifying the best ways of encouraging theological study and the development of ministry skills in the region
  • Supporting each parish to develop a Mission Action Plan which is reflected in its budget and part of its planned giving by January 2016
  • Being a  mentor, support, guide and source of counsel to clergy of the Deanery
  • Fostering links between parishes, schools and agencies for appropriate regional mission and ministry endeavours
  • Assisting the resolution of conflicts, disputes and grievances
  • Helping healthy communication within and beyond the region
  • Fostering good links with the Diocesan Office
  • Assisting the Bishop and the parish during the transition between incumbents.

Newcastle: The Venerable Arthur Copeman
Maitland: The Venerable Canon David Battrick
Central Coast: The Venerable Rod Bower
Lake Macquarie: The Venerable Wendy Dubojski
Paterson and The Manning: The Venerable Les Forester
Upper Hunter: The Venerable Charlie Murry