Former Upper Hunter man Greg Thompson has been chosen as the new bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.
The church's Synod gathered at the weekend to replace retired bishop Brian Farran.
Bishop Thompson, who went to school in Muswellbrook, is currently the bishop of the Northern Territory diocese.
He was the only candidate vying for the Newcastle role after a vote earlier this year failed to reach consensus.
Assistant bishop Peter Stuart has been the interim leader and says he's looking forward to the new bishop starting in February next year.
"This is an ongoing process of discernment as we think about what God is saying to us and weigh up the merits of particular candidates," he said.
"Bishop Greg Thompson was overwhelmingly supported by the members of Synod to be our new bishop.
"It was an exciting time to hear the people of the Synod speak so well and so warmly about Bishop Greg."
Bishop Stuart says Greg Thompson was the only candidate, but achieved more than two-thirds of the Synod vote.
"Bishop Greg Thompson comes to us an experienced bishop, but also someone who knows the Hunter as he grew up in Muswellbrook," he said.
"He's a passionate person around Aboriginal issues and about the church being an inclusive place for all people.
"We're looking forward to Bishop Greg coming to us.
"He's going to have lots of experience from various parts of the diocese and the country, and he's going to lead us in an exciting way."