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Welcome to The Revd Canon Rob Saner-Haigh

An introduction to the newly appointed Residentiary Canon, Director of Mission and Ministry: The Revd Canon Rob Saner-Haigh

At the end of March I was licensed by Bishop Christine as Residentiary Canon Director of Mission and Ministry.

However, as I write this I am still living in Kendal, Cumbria, where I have been vicar for the past 10 years! We were literally half way through our move to Newcastle when the lockdown was declared and most of our possessions were on the back of a removal van that Monday evening. So the physical move was halted, the van unloaded and I have started my new post in Newcastle via phone, email and Zoom!

All my ordained ministry has been in Carlisle Diocese, where I have been Director of Ordinands, Bishop’s Chaplain and a parish priest. I have served in remote rural villages in the Eden Valley, villages near Carlisle, and most recently in the bustling town of Kendal. Many people drive past Kendal on their way to the central Lakes, but it is quite a large town (for Cumbria!) with over 30,000 people living there. It is very much the hub of the southern Lake District.

Before coming to Cumbria I lived in Birmingham and Oxford, but I was born and brought up in Birkenhead, on Merseyside. I am married to Emma, a social worker, and we have three children, Ollie (18), Jemima (16) and Hal (14). We are very much looking forward to moving to Newcastle, where we will be living in Fenham.

Although I will have a home at the Cathedral and will be working alongside the rest of the team here, like Archdeacon Mark, my responsibilities will lie across the Diocese as a member of the Bishop’s Senior Staff.

As Director of Mission and Ministry I oversee the discipleship and ministry strategy for the Diocese, including the training and equipping of lay and ordained leaders. My role is also to encourage and enable mission and practical evangelism in the parishes. I love to see people discovering their gifts and the call that God has on their lives, and I also love to see churches reaching out to bless the communities that God has called them to serve and helping people to find faith and hope in Christ.

The Mission and Ministry Team in the Diocese encompasses many different strands, from vocations to Youth and Children, to Generous Giving, pioneering and evangelism as well as lay and ordination training. It is an exciting job and I am thrilled to have the privilege of being part of the great work that is already going on and seeking to nurture and encourage it further.

I am also thrilled to be part of the Cathedral community, and we look forward to getting to know you and to being part of the life here.