News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Bishop of Newcastle BANNER - 2.jpg
The Dean with the Bishop of Newcastle - 2.jpg
World News

New Dean of Newcastle quotes 60's rock band whilst committing to growing church mission

by Premier Journalist

The Reverend Canon Lee Batson has been installed as the new Dean of Newcastle in the Church of England.

The special service included a minute's silence for all victims of the conflict in Israel and Gaza. 

The newly installed Very Reverend Lee Batson, 45, from Essex, succeeds The Very Reverend Dr Jane Hedges, who served as Interim Dean following the retirement of The Very Reverend Geoff Miller in November last year.

Batson told Premier he's only ever been to the North East twice on holiday, but felt firmly called by God when offered the role."

 "I am slightly astonished to find God's have called me here but enormously grateful to God has. It's it's been quite a journey since applying. And yeah, we just can't get over just what a glorious place it is, and how much God is already doing through God's Church here, both the Church of England and elsewhere."

Batson's sermon quoted the title line of a song by the northeast 1960s band The Animals: "We got to get out of this place, if it's the last thing we ever do, because there's a better place out there for you, me and you."

Batson told Premier the line "speaks in a way to the heart of what the gospel and the purpose of this church is to enable people to be called out of where they find themselves, to a future that God has in store for them."

Batson was also asked about his plans for reaching out to Newcastle Friday and Saturday nighttime economy, responding that he himself had no plans to enter clubs, but acknowledged it was a vital aspect of life in the area.

"If we're to be true, we have to recognise that this is what life is for lots of people with all of its joys and challenges. And like this in any other aspect of wider life, how does we engage so that people can discover Christ, where they happen to be? That's been the focus of my day? God is in this place? How do we enable others to see it. And if that's in the middle of a club, providing it someone else going through the doors, I'm sure we can find a way to do it."

Batson previously served as Team Rector of the Epping Team Ministry and held positions as Area Dean and World Church Partnership Officer in the Chelmsford Diocese, where he forged strong ties with the Anglican Church in Kenya.


A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email