The former Bishop of Durham has been confirmed in his new post, as the leader of the Anglican church worldwide.
Justin Welby becomes the one hundred and fifth Archbishop of Canterbury.
So what lessons will the new Archbishop take with him from the North East to his new role?
Helen Ford has been speaking to those who've worked with him.
You can watch her full report below.
The Right Reverend Bishop of Durham Justin Welby will be enthroned on March 21st.
The Bishop of Jarrow, the Rt. Reverend Mark Bryant, has been speaking about the appointment of the new Archbishop of Canterbury - the Rt. Reverend Justin Welby.
The Bishop of Jarrow believes that people in the region are fortunate that a man who knows the reality of difficult lives, and about life in the North East, has taken office as the next Archbishop of Canterbury.
The new Archbishop of Canterbury has formally taken office at a ceremony in St Paul's Cathedral.
Justin Welby, the former Bishop of Durham, has been confirmed as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury at a service attended by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, and other senior bishops.
The ceremony forms part of the legal process for appointing a new Archbishop of Canterbury and will be followed by Bishop Welby's enthronement at Canterbury Cathedral next month.
The 57-year-old former oil executive succeeds Dr Rowan Williams, who left after a decade in the job in December.
In a farewell service held last month at Durham Cathedral, Bishop Welby, a former oil executive, spoke of the excitement and apprehension he felt about taking up his new role as head of the Church of England and spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion.
– Archbishop Justin Welby
"I'm feeling apprehensive, thoughtful and excited as I anticipate it. I'm extremely conscious of what it means to be asked to do the job.
There's a huge number of challenges, I've got to find my way into the role which personally is a huge challenge."
The new Archbishop of Canterbury is ready to reveal he believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman, it has emerged.
Ahead of the first parliamentary vote on the reforms, the Rt Rev Justin Welby is prepared to face questions about the highly divisive issue.
Tories have been plunged into deep unrest by the proposals, which David Cameron has personally championed.
The Prime Minister is facing the prospect of some 180 members of his party, including a significant number of senior figures, opposing or abstaining in a vote on the changes on Tuesday. He is expected to attempt to talk to his MPs today in the hope of winning their support, according to The Times.
Bishop Welby is being formally confirmed in his new role at a ceremony in St Paul's Cathedral today.
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The new Archbishop of Canterbury will take up his new job in a ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral.
Justin Welby, will be installed into the position in March.
He became Bishop of Durham in late 2011, and led his last service at Durham Cathedral last week. He told ITV News Tyne Tees he would be sad to leave the North East.