Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

Meet Canon Philip Need

Revd Canon Philip Need is our Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO).

The role of DDO is to listen to people who are sensing that God may be prompting them to explore a vocation as a priest. The DDO is attentive to the story of the individual’s life and faith as a whole.  A process of discernment helps the DDO decide whether to recommend to the Bishop that the person should be sent to a Bishop's Advisory Panel, who test the candidate's calling within the framework set by the Church of England and then recommend to their Bishop if they should be trained for Ordained Ministry.


Philip says:

My work as DDO sees people constantly making connections between their faith and wanting to offer themselves to God. There are so many ways now in which we can serve him as faithful members of the Church and we are trying to make it possible for people to answer their sense of calling in new and exciting ways.

If you have even a slight flicker of the idea that God might be calling YOU to ordination, speak to your local clergy."

To contact Philip email or telephone 01245 294422

Philip works with two Assistant DDOs -

Hilary Le Seve Tel: 01621 892867

Calvert Prentis Tel: 020 8599 2761

Main picture: An Ordination Day at Chelmsford Cathedral 

Young Vocations

Our Youth Advisors are available to help young people who are interested in exploring a Vocation. Please contact -

Mark Tiddy Youth Advisor for Bradwell Episcopal Area Tel: 07845 349542

Hannah Phillips Youth Adviser for Barking Episcopal Area Tel: 07973 769359

Why are more people offering themselves for Ordination and other Ministries?

Watch Philip share his reflections on the growth in numbers of those offering for Ordination and other Ministries on YouTube.

PICTURE: Stephen Cottrell - Bishop of Chelmsford, Esbjörn Hagberg, Bishop of Karlstad (Sweden), John Wraw - Bishop of Bradwell, Roger Matthews - Dean of Mission and Ministry, Åse Lindberg - Chaplain to the Bishop of Karlstad, and Philip Need - Diocesan Director of Ordinands with our 30 Ordinands at our Retreat House in Pleshey on the eve of their Ordination at Chelmsford Cathedral on 25 June 2016

Southend - Neil Dalley, Emma Wylie, Chris Giles, Terry Brown, Clive Lucas, Sue Croucher, Jacky Lindoe.

Harlow - Lydia Petitt, Barbara Read.

West Ham - Sara Batts, Hayley Morris, Ian Elliott, Nicholas Bryzak, Benedict Atkins.

Chelmsford - Julie Hardy, Matt Houghton, Faye Bailey, Andrew Merchant, Julie Wilmott.

Colchester - Wendy Pagden.

Stansted - Lea Williams, Colin Fairweather, Robert Stone, Sue Hurley, Tracey Harvey.

Barking - Kingsley Akawasi Yeboah, Ken Perkins, Roger Clarke, Jonnie Deja, Chris Cozier.


Feel you are being called to a role in the Church?

If you feel that God is calling you to a role in the Church, there are many different opportunities to be of service. Different roles in the Church are called Ministries. 

You are very welcome to visit our 'Finding your ministry' page and to contact one of our Vocation Advisers

You can also discover more about the various Ministries on our Ministers - Lay and Ordained page.

Find out about the rainbow nation that is the Church of England and your place within it - click here

Discover more about Ministry at the Church of England website.

Remember to speak to your local clergy. Visit our online directory.

For more information please contact Lois Rimmer
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