Robert Freeman (bishop)
|The Right Reverend
|Bishop of Penrith|
|Church||Church of England|
|Diocese||Diocese of Carlisle|
|Other posts||Archdeacon of Halifax (2003–2011)|
|Ordination||1977 (deacon); 1978 (priest)|
|Consecration||28 October 2011|
26 October 1952 |
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
|Children||Beccy, Anna, Cassie|
Robert John Freeman (born 26 October 1952) is a British Anglican bishop. Since 2011, he has served as the Bishop of Penrith in the Church of England Diocese of Carlisle. Previously, he was the Archdeacon of Halifax (in the Diocese of Wakefield) from 2003 to 2011.
Following his diaconal ordination in 1977, Freeman's first appointment was as a curate at St John's Church, Blackpool, in the Diocese of Blackburn, from 1977 to 1981. His next appointments were Team Vicar at Chigwell in the Diocese of Chelmsford from 1981 to 1985 and Vicar of the Church of the Martyrs, Leicester in the Diocese of Leicester from 1985 to 1999. From 1994 to 2003, he was an honorary canon of Leicester Cathedral. During that period he was Rural Dean of Christianity South from 1995 to 1998 and National Advisor in Evangelism for the Archbishops' Council from 1999 to 2003. From 2003 to 2011 he was Archdeacon of Halifax in the Diocese of Wakefield.
Until recently he was Chair of the Christian Enquiry Agency and continues to be the Chair of the innovative rejesus.co.uk.
Freeman's nomination as Bishop of Penrith was announced on 10 June 2011, in succession to James Newcome who had been translated as the Bishop of Carlisle on 31 July 2009. He was consecrated on 28 October 2011 at York Minster. On 3 November 2017, it was announced that Freeman is to retire effective "Easter" 2018.
Freeman is married to Chris and they have three daughters. His interests include time spent with family, computer technology and internet development, walking and travelling, classic Motown, electric blues and rock music, computer games, reluctant gardening, reading crime and action-adventure fiction.
- The Reverend Robert Freeman (1977–1994)
- The Reverend Canon Robert Freeman (1994–2003)
- The Venerable Robert Freeman (2003–2011)
- The Right Reverend Robert Freeman (2011–present)
- Consecrations of the Bishops of Durham and Penrith
- Who's Who 2012 – Penrith, Bishop Suffragan of
- "Suffragan See of Penrith". Number10. 10 June 2011.
- St John's, Blackpool. Retrieved on 13 June 2011.
- Diocese of Carlisle — Announcement of Bishop Robert's retirement (Accessed 4 November 2017)