Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DACE (Church of England) - ordination of Deacons

This is just a sample of the ordination of Deacons in the Church of England in the last few weeks. Please pray for them as they immerse themselves in ministry. Some will go on to be ordained priest next year and some will continue as distinctive deacons.

People from all walks of life are coming to strengthen and serve in the Church of England as 47 deacons (and priests) are ordained this season including a former Sandhurst cadet, a physiotherapist, a retired teacher, a practising solicitor and a former nurse. These are just some of the first men and women to be ordained in cathedrals across the new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. The ministry placements include a pioneer curate, a chaplain for businesses in Leeds, a distinctive deacon, a mental health minister from Barnsley and a Fresh Expressions minister.
(from the diocesan website )

The following were ordained Deacon in Peterborough Cathedral on Sunday June 29th by Bishop Donald Allister
Mrs Nicola (Nicki) Hobbs, Assistant curate of Broughton & Cransley with Mawsley Village
Mrs Paula Challen, Assistant Curate of Towcester w Caldecote & Easton Neston & Greens Norton & Bradden
Mr Don McGarrigle, Assistant Curate of Ketton
Mr Glen Brooks, Assistant Curate of Northampton Holy Trinity & St Paul
My Haydon Spenceley, Assistant Curae of Northhampton Emmanuel
Mr James McDonald, Assistant Curate of Brackley
Mr Kevin Fear, Assistant Curate of Peterborough St Mark & St Barnabas
Mr Nigel Adams, Assistant Curate of Barton Seagrave w Warkton
Mr Shemil Mathew, Assistant Curate of Aynho & Croughton w Evenley & Farthinghoe & Hinton-in-the-Hedges w Steane

Pauline Taylor, parish of St.John the Baptist, Broughton as SSM

On 27th June, the following were ordained as Deacons:
Max Cross, St Mary Magdalene Sheet
Jane Isaac, All Saints Rye & St Michael Swanmore
Luke Mheana, St Michael and All Angels Paulsgrove
Barbara O'Sullivan, St Mary Portsea
Garry Roberts, Holy Trinity with St Columba Fareham
Mark Williams, St Mary Portchester
Kim Weeks, The North End Team Ministry in Portsmouth

On Sunday 6 July, 12 people were ordained as deacons in a service led by the Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Michael Perham. They are:
  • Steve Newnes – Brockworth
  • Kay Mundy – Deerhurst and Apperley
  • Jonathan Clark – Stroud Team Ministry
  • Philip Averay – Drybrook, Lydbrook and Ruardean
  • Andrew Hall – Cheltenham
  • Michelle Porter-Babbage – Bourton-on-the-Water with Clapton and the Rissingtons
  • Matt Cottrell – Thornbury and Oldbury-on-Severn with Shepperdine
  • Peter Fewings – The Sodbury Vale Benefice
  • Anna Griffiths – Cheltenham
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – South Cheltenham
  • Lynn Hayler – The South Cotswolds Team
  • Celia Woodruff – Chipping Campden


Thirty six men and women joined London's team of clergy on June 30th as they were ordained deacons at St Paul’s Cathedral by the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres. (Hear his sermon here). The new deacons bring a huge breadth of age, background and experience to the family of clergy in the Diocese of London. The new deacons will be working in churches across London, serving their local communities and undertaking public worship, teaching and pastoral work. Some of the Deacons are 'transitional', meaning that after a period of normally a year, a deacon is ordained to the priesthood. Some Deacons in the Church of England are 'distinctive deacons'.

Among the new deacons are:

Ajay More

Ajay More will join the team at St James Church, Alperton in Willesden. Ajay was born and brought up in Maharashtra, India, where he worked as a hospital Microbiology Technician, before getting married to Kavita and moving to London where he trained as a nurse. After practicing in A&E and Endoscopy Department for over seven years, Ajay felt called to expand his involvement in the church to full time ministry and trained at St Mellitus College. Ajay's particular interest is Asian Christian Ministry and expanding the ways that the Church of England reaches out to Asian communities. He will be playing an important role at St James's as the church supports the community during the regeneration of the surrounding area.

Peter Wolton

Peter Wolton will join the team United Benefice of Holland Park in Kensington. After graduating, Peter spent 30 years as a fund manager, working first in property asset management and then managing UK pension funds. He then went on to manage a number of businesses – one of which took him to Japan for four years – before taking up his position running a London-based not-for-profit primary school company, which aims to provide a first-class traditional education with a focus on developing a positive attitude to learning. Peter has an extensive background in managing and growing businesses and is a firm believer that the best way to grow an organisation is to grow the people within that organisation, something he hopes to reflect in his ministry in Holland Park. Peter also hopes to use his experience to act as a bridge between the Church and the world of work.

Maxwell Hutchinson

Maxwell Hutchinson will join the team at St John on Bethnal Green in Stepney. Prior to training for ordination, Maxwell was an established architect, broadcaster and composer. During this time, Maxwell was a regular contributor to BBC Radio Four, BBC London Radio and Newsnight and even presented Songs of Praise on two occasions. Maxwell has received various awards for his work, including the Sony Radio award in 2009.
In 2004, when on holiday in Sri Lanka with his wife, Maxwell was caught up in the devastating Tsunami where he was declared missing, presumed dead. Maxwell survived by escaping to a mountain top village, where the local villagers supported Maxwell and his wife until it was safe to return to the town where they were staying.
Maxwell hopes to use his expertise as a musician and artist to help develop art projects connected to churches in East London.


Olakunle Ayodeji St John the Baptist Pinner
Julia Bevis-Knowles St Paul Ruislip Manor
Peter Godden Holy Trinity Northwood
John Jenkins Uxbridge Team Ministry
Andy Johnson St John w St James West Ealing
Ben Lovell St Paul South Harrow
Ajay More St James Alperton

Missional Communities

Bola Adamolekun Westbourne Park (Latimer Minster) Missional Community


Greg Bannister Christ Church Cockfosters
Kristin Breuss Holy Trinity Swiss Cottage
Stephen Coleman St Paul Winchmore Hill
Jon Finch St Luke Oseney Crescent
Benjamin Kerridge Hornsey Parish
Timothy Miller St Mary the Virgin Primrose Hill
Andy Palmer St JohnDownshire Hill
Oliver Petter The Parish of Old St Pancras
Robert Willoughby St Michael Highgate & All Saints Highgate [Deaconed in February]


Claire Clarke St Saviour Sunbury
Stephen Foster Holy Trinity Brompton
David Lee St Peter Fulham
David Maclure St John the Baptist Isleworth, Hounslow Deanery Pioneer Curate
Joel Sales St John Hampton Wick
Richard Whaite All Saints Fulham
Russell Winfield Brentford Team Ministry
Peter Wolton St George Campden Hill with St John the Baptist Holland Road
Peter Wynter Holy Trinity Brompton


Maxwell Hutchinson St John on Bethnal Green
Alexandra Lilley St Paul Shadwell
Graham Stevenson St Thomas Stamford Hill
Matt Wall St Mary Stoke Newington
Darren Wolf Christ Church Spitalfields

Two Cities

Stephen Baxter St Olave Hart Street
Ash Carter Christ Church Mayfair
Ben Jones St Mary Bryanston Square
Michael Lynch All Saints Margaret St
Malcolm Riley Christ Church Mayfair      

 Source: Diocese of London website

Seventeen men and women were ordained as deacon by their diocesan bishop, Dr Martin Warner, at a moving ceremony in Chichester Cathedral on Saturday June 28. They are now ordained deacon, equipped to serve the church and wider community. They will now take up their title post in the parishes as follows.

Jimmy Young - Horsham St Mary
Alice Whalley - Moulsecomb
Chris Sutton - Slaugham & Staplefield Common
Christian Mitchell - Uckfield
Christine Keyte - Rustington
Irene Smale - Chichester St Pancras
Jo King - Pagham
Joy Collins - West field & Guestling
Kate Lawson - Hove All Saints
Mark Ashworth - Crowborough
Martin Mills - Bolney and Cowfold
Pauline Ingram - Maresfield & Nutley
Philip Edell - West Worthing
Stephanie Gardner - Beeding & Bramber with Botolphs
Steve Burston - Worth
Sue Wilkinson - Lewes St Anne, St Michael & St Thomas
Tanya Hockley - Stone Cross with North Langney

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