BISHOP Greg Thompson could return to the Hunter next year to become the new leader of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.
The Newcastle Synod will consider the sole candidate for the Bishop of Newcastle when it meets on Saturday, September 14.
Bishop Thompson is the current Bishop of the Northern Territory and was raised at Muswellbrook.
He has spent more than 20 years in rural and remote communities working as a youth worker and priest.
His work in the Northern Territory has been largely focused on indigenous and diverse cultural communities.
If elected, Bishop Thompson would become the 13th Bishop of Newcastle and a replacement for retired Bishop Brian Farran.
Diocese of Newcastle administrator Bishop Peter Stuart said this was the most significant role of leadership for Anglicans and it was important for the synod to take the time to find the right replacement.
"The Bishop of Newcastle is expected to be a spiritual leader for Newcastle Anglicans," Bishop Stuart said.
In April, the synod considered five candidates but none achieved a majority vote from clergy and laity.