Martin Wharton

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The Rt Revd
Martin Wharton
MA BA BTh[1]
Bishop of Newcastle
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Newcastle
In office 1997–30 November 2014 (retired)
Predecessor Andrew Graham
Successor Frank White (acting)
Other posts Area Bishop of Kingston (1992–1997)
Ordination 1972[2]
Consecration c. 1992
Personal details
Born (1944-08-06) 6 August 1944 (age 70)
Ulverston, Lancashire
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Parents John Wharton & Marjorie Skinner
Spouse Marlene Duckett (1970—present)
Children One daughter, twosons
Alma mater Van Mildert College, Durham

John Martin Wharton CBE (born 6 August 1944) is a British Anglican bishop, a retired Bishop of Newcastle.

Wharton was born in Ulverston, Lancashire, the son of John Wharton and Marjorie Skinner. He was educated at Ulverston Grammar School and Van Mildert College, Durham where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, politics and sociology in 1969. He was further educated at Linacre College, Oxford, where he received a bachelor's degree in theology and a Master of Arts in 1971, as well as at Ripon Hall, Oxford.

Wharton was curate of St Peter Spring Hill, Birmingham from 1972 to 1975 and of St John the Baptist, Croydon from 1975 to 1977. Between 1977 and 1983 he was Director of Pastoral Studies at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford and between 1983 and 1992 he was the Director of Ministry and Training in the Diocese of Bradford and a residentiary canon of Bradford Cathedral. In 1992, Wharton became area Bishop of Kingston-upon-Thames and held this post until 1997, when he was appointed the 11th Bishop of Newcastle.

Wharton is a trustee of St Hilda's Trust, of the Northumbria Historic Churches Trust and The Hild Bede Trust. He is also trustee of the Shepherds Law Hermitage Trust and the Newcastle Diocesan Society. He served for ten years as Chair of Governors of St Chad's College, Durham. The College made him an Honorary Fellow in 2010.

Wharton was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to the Church of England and to the community in the North East.[3] Since 1970, he has been married to Marlene Olive Duckett. They have one daughter and two sons.


  • Martin Wharton Esq (1944–1972)
  • The Revd Martin Wharton (1972–1983)
  • The Revd Canon Martin Wharton (1983–1992)[4]
  • The Rt Revd Martin Wharton (1992—2011)
  • The Rt Revd Martin Wharton CBE (2011—present)



Church of England titles
Preceded by
Peter Selby
Bishop of Kingston-upon-Thames
Succeeded by
Peter Price
Preceded by
Andrew Graham
Bishop of Newcastle
acting: Frank White)