Frank White (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Frank White
Assistant Bishop of Newcastle
Diocese Diocese of Newcastle
In office 2010–2016
Predecessor Paul Richardson
Successor Mark Tanner
(as Bishop of Berwick)
Other posts Bishop of Brixworth (2002–2010)
Acting Bishop of Newcastle (2014–2015)
Ordination 1980[1]
Consecration 2002[2]
Personal details
Born (1949-05-26) 26 May 1949 (age 68)
Nationality British
Denomination Christian (Anglican)
Spouse Alison White
Profession formerly social worker
Alma mater University of Wales

Francis "Frank" White (born 26 May 1949) is a retired English Anglican bishop. He was Bishop of Brixworth and then the Assistant Bishop of Newcastle, in the Church of England.[3]

Early life[edit]

White was educated at University College Cardiff, after which he was a social worker for nine years.[4]

Ordained ministry[edit]

White was ordained in 1980 and was a curate at St Nicholas' Church, Durham[5] and then hospital chaplain at the University Hospital of North Durham, vicar of Birtley, Rural Dean of Chester-le-Street and Archdeacon of Sunderland.

He has strong views on why fewer and fewer Anglicans regularly attend church.[6]

Episcopal ministry[edit]

White was ordinated to the episcopate in 2002 as the Bishop of Brixworth in the Diocese of Peterborough. For much of 2008 and 2009 he deputised for Ian Cundy, Bishop of Peterborough, before Cundy's death from cancer.

In May 2010 it was announced that White would become the Assistant Bishop of Newcastle from 28 November 2010.[1][2] He retired on 30 September 2016.

Personal life[edit]

White is a supporter of his hometown football team, Newcastle United. He is a keen ornithologist.[4]

White is married to Alison White, Bishop of Hull. They are the first husband and wife to both be bishops.[7]



  1. ^ a b Diocese of Peterborough — Bishop Frank
  2. ^ a b "New Assistant Bishop of Newcastle announced". Diocese of Newcastle. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Crockford's Online – accessed Sunday 2 June 2008
  4. ^ a b White, Rt Rev. Francis, (Frank). Who's Who. 2014 (November 2014 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 19 May 2015.  closed access publication – behind paywall
  5. ^ Parish web site
  6. ^ BBC report
  7. ^ "New female Bishop of Hull is welcomed into fold". ITV News. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Paul Barber
Bishop of Brixworth
Succeeded by
John Holbrook
Preceded by
Paul Richardson
Assistant Bishop of Newcastle
Succeeded by
Mark Tanner
as Bishop of Berwick