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

Assistant DDO

Philip works with one Assistant DDO -

Hilary Le Seve 
Tel: 01621 892867



Prince Odoemena
Vocations Enabler

Prince Odoemena
Tel: 07529 989241


Prince Odoemena

Lay Development Adviser

Revd Dr Elizabeth Jordan
Tel: 01245 294454



Archdeaconry Young Vocations Advisers

Saffron Ryan 07557 309979

West Ham
David Britton 020 8279 7738

John Fry 01992 812744

Rev Jackie-Dee Thornton 07879 805210

Suzie Fryer or 01375 370884   

Colchester Area
Revd Tim Solosy Tel: 07761 637130

Youth Advisers 

Contact details for our youth advisers can be found here 

Vocations advisers

The Bishops have appointed a person in each Deanery who is available to people who would like to talk through their sense of vocation.

Vocation Advisers are not part of any formal selection process but are willing to offer advice.

They are also available to parishes and are willing to preach on vocations or speak at special events. 

Newham Deanery
Revd Christiana Asinugo
020 8221 0902 

Redbridge Deanery
Revd Ola Franklin
020 8506 0662 

Waltham Forest Deanery

Barking and Dagenham Deanery
Revd Ray Descombes
020 8592 4691

Havering Deanery
Revd Susannah Brasier
01708 220174

Epping Forest & Ongar Deanery
Revd John Fry 
01992 812744

Revd Lydia Petitt
07769 694907

Mrs Lis Scott
01279 442039

Brentwood Deanery
Mrs Lesley Lynn
01277 220315

Revd Andy Smith
01277 514896

Chelmsford North Deanery
Revd Carolyn Tibbott
01245 440319 

Chelmsford South Deanery
Revd Dr Stephen Need
01277 840442

Revd Miranda Seaman
01277 841921

Maldon & Dengie Deanery

Basildon Deanery
Revd Colin Hopkinson
01268 542156 

Hadleigh Deanery
Revd Marion Walford
01268 698991

Rochford Deanery
Revd Ken Havey
01702 203668

Southend Deanery
Revd Phyllis Owen
01702 353049

Thurrock Deanery
Revd David Rollins
01375 673074

Braintree Deanery
Revd Iain Bendrey Tel: 01376 567971

Dunmow and Stansted Deaneries
Revd Cilla Hawkes Tel: 01371 856480

Hinckford Deanery

Saffron Walden Deanery
Revd Margaret Davis Tel: 01799 550703

Colchester Deanery
Mrs Phyll Wood Tel: 01206 562343

Harwich Deanery
Revd Laura Garnham Tel: 01255 886210

St Osyth Deanery

Witham Deanery
Mr Jon Smith Tel: 07814 116 590

Self-Supporting  Ministry Advisers

Colchester Area

Revd Robert Stone  07726 719288

Revd Claire Scargill  01206 395417

For more information please contact Prince Odoemena
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