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

Will Abbott

Will Abbott

Archdeaconry: Colchester
Parish: Witham & Villages Team Ministry

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Jacqui Pearson

Jacqui Pearson

Archdeaconry: Chelmsford
Parish: St Francis Community Church and Boreham, St Andrews

I was born and raised in Chelmsford, attending local schools, before leaving to head off to uni. The youngest of two daughters, my parents still live in the city and my sister now lives in north Essex.

It was at uni in Aberystwyth, studying Environmental Science, that my personal faith became significant, at the local Methodist church. University was followed by three years teaching at a residential activity centre on the Isle of Wight, spending quite a significant amount of time rooting around rock pools, before feeling a surprising (to me at least!) call to ministry. What followed was six years of discernment (including two separate periods in London and two years teaching science in Paraguay), before finally being sent from Hope Church, Islington, to train for ordination in Cambridge.

I had a wonderful time there, but am very pleased to be returning to Chelmsford. I am looking forward to getting to know the communities at Beaulieu and Boreham, and joining in with the exciting things God is doing in those places!


Tim Solosy

Tim Solosy

Archdeaconry: Colchester
Parish: St John the Evangelist, Colchester

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Nathan Joss-Pothen

Nathan Joss-Pothen

Archdeaconry: Harlow
Parish: Harlow Town Centre, St Paul and St Mary, Little Parndon

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Beth Joss-Pothen

Beth Joss-Pothen

Archdeaconry: Harlow
Parish: St Mary, Latton

Hi! I’m Beth. I was born in 1992 in Enfield, to Simon, a vicar and Deb, a primary school teacher. I was the third of what eventually became their five children. We moved a lot with my dad’s parishes around London, briefly the Midlands and to Essex in 2007.

I loved school and was a church and Cathedral chorister for 10 years. I studied English at Queen Mary, London and I have spent much of my (so far, short!) professional life in bartending, retail and the charity sector, where I planned to forge a career. God had other plans and intervened, and led me kicking and screaming into discernment for ordained ministry!

To Westcott House in Cambridge, I went, where I met my husband, Nathan and had a rich and interesting three years before moving to Harlow this summer.

I am overjoyed to be serving in Harlow and am eager to begin what promises to be an exciting time in ministry!


Roman Kukiewicz

Roman Kukiewicz

Archdeaconry: Stansted
Parish: All Saints, Rayne,

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Marco Lopes

Marco Lopes

Archdeaconry: West Ham
Parish: Holy Trinity Team Ministry, East Ham

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James Gilder

James Gilder

Archdeaconry: West Ham
Parish: St Edmund, Chingford

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Andrew Appiah

Andrew Appiah

Archdeaconry: West Ham
Parish: Holy Trinity, Barkingside

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Ajennie Subaran

Ajennie Subaran

Archdeaconry: West Ham
Parish: Forest Gate Emmanuel w St Peter Upton Cross


Katherine Ward

Katherine Ward

Archdeaconry: West Ham
Parish: St Peter & St Paul & All Saints, Chingford

 "I was born in Wales, relocating  when I was nine  to live by the sea in Selsey.

I studied  Music  and  a PGCE in Cardiff, teaching  for over 33 years in London, Hertfordshire and Essex  as a Primary School teacher and  Headteacher. I am currently working as a Pathway Tutor and QTS Assessor in Teacher Training.

I am married to Edward and we are the proud  parents of Luke, 21 and Francesca 17.

I have  worshipped God all my life in different worship traditions. My uncle, brother and  mother are all  ordained, so I recognised - and put off- God’s occasional  gentle nudges until God firmly called me to Ordained Ministry in 2014.  I have trained at St Mellitus and  I am  delighted to worship and  serve my title in the Parish of St Peter and St Paul, with All Saints Chingford; a  rapidly growing and increasingly inclusive Anglo Catholic Parish with a fantastic choral tradition."


Theresa Lowe

Theresa Lowe

Archdeaconry: Stansted
Parish: Two Rivers Benefice

"I was born in Brentwood, moving to Brightlingsea at the age of 3 where I lived until 2008.

I am married to Jonathan and we have two daughters. Georgina, who is studying for a music and worship degree at Nexus ICA, Coventry and Verity who is in year 11 at Saffron Walden County High School.  

In 2008 we moved to Wiltshire whilst Jonathan trained at Trinity Theological College. We returned to the Chelmsford Diocese and currently live in Steeple Bumpstead, part of the Two Rivers Benefice.

I have a music degree and studied singing and piano. My music has always been a key part of my teaching career and church life. I have recently been Head of School in a local Primary school and am currently SENCO/Inclusion Manager allowing me to work part-time as I study.

I have been an LLM for 9 years and have just completed an enjoyable 2 years of study as an ordinand at Sarum College, Salisbury.

 I look forward to my curacy and the new opportunities that I believe God has planned for me."


Marilyn Claydon

Marilyn Claydon

Archdeaconry: West Ham
Parish: St Peter & St Paul & All Saints, Chingford

"When I was growing up in Chingford, there were no women priests. I did not know that God would call me to priesthood or that I would serve my curacy here.

I trained as a nurse at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, working in the NHS for nearly 40 years. I have been a health visitor, specialist lecturer, community practice teacher, and Head of Children’s community nursing. I also have a M.A. in Leading Organisations.

I have been married to Ian for 44 years and we have two grown sons and two wonderful grandsons. We have also fostered several babies who, with God’s love, we helped to heal.

I had many roles in the church since I was confirmed at Bart’s aged 19 years, which include leading Sunday School, crèche, teaching confirmation classes, on PCC, safeguarding officer. I currently lead a weekday children’s church. I am very happy to be serving God and the people of Chingford."


Suzanne McAllister

Suzanne McAllister

Archdeaconry: Chelmsford
Parish: St. John the Evangelist, Moulsham & St. Luke, Moulsham

"I live in Galleywood and will be serving my curacy at St. John the Evangelist in Moulsham Street and St Luke’s at Gloucester Avenue. I have been studying at St. Mellitus College and have just finished a 3 year diploma in Theology Misson and Ministry. I have been married to Robert for 30 years and we have two grown up daughters. I am looking forward to where God is leading me next."


Judith Wilkinson

Judith Wilkinson

Archdeaconry: Southend
Parish: St Saviour, Westcliff-on-Sea

I grew up in Croydon, South London but have been living in Southend since 1985. I am married to Bob and we have 2 adult daughters. We enjoy belonging to the local Ceilidh dancing club, walking and spending time outdoors.

I’ve always worked with people; I trained as a physiotherapist working in the community and mental health services. For the last 6 years I have worked as a group facilitator and information worker for Alzheimer’s Society.

Having committed my life to Christ as a teenager I heard the first whisper of a call to ministry when I was 20. I began to think about ordination again whilst leading worship  about 7 years ago. I would like to thank St Laurence and All Saints’ Eastwood and St Mellitus’ College for nurturing my vocation and am excited about beginning life as a curate at St Saviour’s Westcliff-on-sea.


Gary Edwards

Gary Edwards

Archdeaconry: Southend
Parish: United Benefice of Ashingdon with South Fambridge, Canewdon and Paglesham

"I have lived, received education and worked in Southend my entire life.  I am blessed to be married to Melanie for thirty-seven years and have two adult daughters, who along with my brother, have accompanied me on life’s journey. I am privileged and excited to serve our Lord in the united benefice of Ashingdon with South Fambridge, Canewdon and Paglesham.  

My working life has been varied, as a Police Officer, Insolvency Practitioner and Lecturer - lending certain skills and informing my journey and progression towards ordained ministry.

I came to faith through St Mary’s C of E Primary school as a child. What I learned there, through my parents and in God’s grace, was to guide and sustain me. My Interests include: music, horticulture and Anglo-Saxon English.  

From childhood, I attended Churches of differing traditions, but later experienced a crisis of faith, returning and receiving the call to ordained ministry six years ago."


Steve Opie

Steve Opie

Archdeaconry: Harlow
Parish: St Mary's, Loughton

"I was born and raised in Torquay and church has always been a part of my life.

After school, I studied Mathematics at Southampton University before moving to Oxford to spend a year working as an intern at St Aldates Church. I then worked for the Civil Service for six years, living in East London and worshipping at St Paul’s Shadwell. It was during my time in London that I was gently, but persistently, encouraged to explore my calling to ordination.

My wife and I got married in 2010 and she has remained working as a solicitor in the City of London during my training at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. We love walking in the Lake District, playing squash, and are both keen musicians. We cannot wait to join in with what God is doing in Loughton!"


John Biddulph

John Biddulph

Archdeaconry: Chelmsford
Parish: Doddinghurst; St. Paul’s, Bentley Common, St. Nicholas, Kelvedon Hatch and St. Thomas, Navestock.

I was born in Hammersmith.  When I was one my parents moved to Maldon.  I had a very happy childhood growing up in Maldon with my mum, dad and sister.  I attended Wentworth County primary school and Plume School and after completing my A levels I went to study at the London School of Pharmacy where I completed my pharmacy degree.  I qualified as a pharmacist and spent 3 years at Guy’s Hospital in London before going back to University to study for an MSc in clinical pharmacy.  After completing my MSc I returned to Essex and started working as a pharmacist at Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) in Harlow. I have worked at PAH for the last 28 years doing various roles in the pharmacy department and I am now chief pharmacist.

I live in Ongar with my wife Pam and our three children Anna, Sarah and Peter.  We started attending St. Paul’s Church, Bentley Common in Brentwood when our eldest daughter was 8 weeks old which was 22 years ago.  During my time at St. Paul’s I have served on the PCC and I have a particular passion for outreach and evangelism.  I have led our Alpha courses over many years.

For relaxation I enjoy spending time with family and friends at our beach hut at Walton on the Naze and I am also a massive Ipswich Town football fan, a club I have supported for over forty years

I first came to faith in my early twenties when a friend of mine invited me to a ‘just looking’ course in Dartford.  It wasn’t long after this that I met my wife who was already a committed Christian.  My journey of faith really grew when I attended an Alpha course at St. Paul’s and did an Alpha conference.  My call to ordination was a very gradual one.  I had a real sense of God calling me to explore ordination around 5 years ago and the process of discernment  helped me to confirm the reality of God’s calling.

I am really excited to be serving as Assistant Curate at All Saints, Doddinghurst; St. Paul’s, Bentley Common, St. Nicholas, Kelvedon Hatch and St. Thomas, Navestock.


Sam Maginnis

Sam Maginnis

Archdeaconry: Harlow
Parish: St John the Baptist, Loughton,

I was born in 1985 and grew up in Northern Ireland through the tail-end of ‘the Troubles’ and the start of the cross-community peace process. Despite residual civil unrest my childhood was a happy one and I was raised as an Anglican, though my granny’s Presbyterian upbringing had a marked influence on my spiritual development!

I came to England in 2004 to study Law at Oxford University, and around that time I drifted away from my childhood faith. After university I trained as a barrister and worked in a number of legal roles in London, when I began to re-engage with Anglican worship and Christianity through singing in a friend’s church choir. A chance meeting with a Chelmsford priest quickly turned into a firm friendship, and long conversations with him helped my faith towards maturity and prompted the first stirrings of priestly vocation.

In 2014 I took a career break to fully explore this calling, and spent a year in a deprived urban parish in the West Midlands before moving to Pusey House in Oxford, where I helped organise its educational and community activities. I met my wife, Alice, at Pusey House and we were married last September as I entered my final year of training at St Stephen’s House. We have recently moved to my title parish of St John the Baptist, Loughton and are very excited to be here and in the Diocese of Chelmsford!


Anne Mason

Anne Mason

Archdeaconry: Colchester
Parish: St Luke's, Colchester

"I was born in Brentwood where I spent my childhood and teenage years with my parents and older sister Liz. I went to school at  Brentwood County High and I was Baptized and confirmed in St Thomas’ Church. 

I enjoyed working for a stockbroker and then in sales and marketing before encountering Jesus afresh at Bradwell following an Alpha course in 1993.  With renewed faith and responding to God’s call in 1999, My husband, Tim and I  ownsized and moved to a village near Maldon, enabling me to work for Prison Fellowship, developing their ministry throughout England and Wales, particularly providing the restorative justice course Sycamore Tree. 

I love seeing people develop, grow and flourish in gifts and confidence. I’ve been involved in healing prayer ministry, opened a Coffee Shop for our church, managed Colchester’s homeless centre, and am currently Chaplain at our local secondary school.

We have 5 grown-up children and 8 grandchildren and I  love spending time with family and friends.  My call to  ordained ministry has deepened over the years and I'm looking forward to God continuing to use my gifts, skills and experience, particularly in rural ministry."


Tania Payne

Tania Payne

Archdeaconry: Harlow
Parish: St John's, Buckhurst Hill

"I'm the youngest of six children and grew up in Hackney East London and I'm currently living in Woodford Green. I came to faith in the mid- nineties when the Holy Spirit set me on the path of renewal which propelled me into furthering my education training and career whereby, I obtained various qualifications and a degree in Biblical Counselling whilst working in vocational employment with vulnerable and disadvantaged people across high risk sectors. I have gained experience within various safeguarding fields and I'm passionate about professionally and holistically supporting people well both in church and the local community. In church, I've primarily served in pastoral capacities, on PCC, with occasional speaking and supportive roles, whilst encouraging, nurturing and journeying with others in the faith. I'm currently employed within the NHS as a Mental Health Chaplain and enjoys music, film, theatre and swimming."


Lisselle Clarke-Moisley

Lisselle Clarke-Moisley

Archdeaconry: Colchester
Parish: Harwich Team Ministry

"Life began for me in Hainault, Essex which I love, and where God definitely sparked a passion for working in more deprived areas with those rougher round the edges. Following school, I found myself participating in a couple of church internship schemes. It was here I was given opportunity to explore charismatic theology in practical ways that released me into a more intimate relationship with God that I could enjoy, giving me a language that both helped me better understand the things of God for myself and equipped me to share this better with others.

Other things that I’ve loved and get more excited about the more I do it and connect with those who do is community living. It’s not for everyone… but it’s something that makes me come alive. I LOVE “doing life” together with others - life that’s not just made of excitement and surprises, but a shared life that is deep, real and persistent in its commitment to also sharing the everyday ordinary things of life - eating, thinking, discerning, praying, laughing and crying out loud together. I love seeing how God transforms people and communities through it and I hope to find much more of God, in much more of that in the future!"


Dan Scott

Dan Scott

Archdeaconry: Barking
Parish: St John's Stratford

"Hi, I’m Dan and I’m married to Ellie; we have 2 wonderful daughters – Sophia is 3 and Lydia is 1. I’m really excited to be serving my curacy at St. Johns in Stratford where we’ll be pioneering a new worshipping community in the Three Mills area of East London.

I grew up in Bath, in a Christian family as the eldest of 6 children. My faith particularly grew through my teenage years as I came to personally know a God of love and, in Jesus, saw a God who always moved to those on the edges and the margins, challenging notions of who is included and excluded.

Out of this I felt called to the east end of London and, having studied maths at university, moved here in 2006 to start work as a maths teacher. Through my involvement in local church I felt a growing desire to live out and show what it meant for our community that Jesus had come to show them life in all its fullness. This developed into a sense of call to ordained ministry and I’ve loved training for this at St. Mellitus over the past three years.

Ellie and I have spent the last 8 years at All Hallows Bow in London, learning so much about how church can bring hope and joy to those who cannot see a future for themselves, and we look forward to partnering with St. Johns to envision together what this message looks like for the Three Mills area in the coming years."


Jo Parrott

Jo Parrott

Archdeaconry: Stansted
Parish: Halstead Team Ministry

"I was born in Pembury, Kent; the first of four children to my Mum and Dad.  I grew up in Tonbridge, Welling, Nottingham and Derbyshire where my Dad served as a vicar.  I always wanted to work with people and most definitely didn’t want to be a vicar!

After A-levels, my family moved to Colchester where I trained to become a Montessori nursery teacher, working with 2-5 year olds, and I spent 10 happy years at Oaklea Montessori.  During this time, I met and married my husband Tom and after having our first child Isaac, I became Children and Families Co-ordinator at St. Stephens, Colchester.  It was during this time that I began to explore the possible call to ordination. 

It was here too that Tom came to know Jesus and in 2017 we set off with Isaac and our then 5 month old, Esther, to train at Trinity College, Bristol. After a whirlwind 2 years, we are now back – in Halstead, where I will be serving my curacy in the Halstead Team Ministry. It’s all very exciting!"


Eileen Rose

Eileen Rose

Archdeaconry: West Ham
Parish: Leyton Emmanuel Parish Church

"I was born and raised in East London Hackney to Jamaican and Christian parents. The middle of 6 sisters and 3 brothers, our mother passed away when I was 14. Our father is striving at 87.

My only son recently blessed me with a welcomed grandson.

I started out in life being challenged as a single mother and balancing full-time employment by the age of 17.

My keen interest to love and support others derived from my early experience of bereavement and eventually I trained as a psychotherapist.

Over the past twenty five years serving in various roles  in church including Church Warden and Treasurer has deepened my faith in God, which subsequently led me to my calling. Now I seek a ministry where I can open my heart and evangelise to others, particularly the young and vulnerable, on how they too can find love, strength and guidance in following Christ." 


Maggie Whiteman

Maggie Whiteman

Archdeaconry: Colchester
Parish: Lexden, St Leonard

"I was born in Twyford, Berkshire but grew up in Earls Colne - a beautiful village in north Essex along with my brother and two sisters. I haven’t moved far away as I now live in Colchester after returning from further education in Oxford.

I was educated in  Halstead at the Girls’Grammar School and gained my degree through the Open University in 1984 whilst working full time and raising my daughter, Frances. I also have the gift of a son, Daniel.

I have worked in the catering and retail industries in management roles before moving into teaching English in secondary schools in 1999.

I have attended St leonard’s Church, Lexden since 1976 and have been involved in; youth ministry, fund raising, prayer ministry, teaching and preaching. My faith journey started as a result of my best friend’s mother, Eve Capp -  when I was 6 years of age - who helped to plant God’s seed.

I love reading, entertaining and rugby"


Steve Lissenden

Steve Lissenden

Archdeaconry: Southend
Parish: Wickford & Runwell Team Ministry

“I was born and grew up in Kent and attended Bexley & Erith Technical High School for Boys.

I left aged 16 to start an apprenticeship with British Telecom. I worked there for 19 years before becoming involved in IT Service Management, I have worked in IT ever since.

I would say I have always been a Christian, but I stopped going to church when I was a teenager.

I remember talking to God when my father passed away and this was the re-ignition of my relationship with God. I returned to Church in 2008, attending St Catherine’s Church in Wickford and I have never looked back. I

remember God calling me to ordained ministry during the Maundy Watch service. I started training at St Mellitus College in July 2016.

Ahead of ordination, I feel excited, scared and humbled in equal measures. Excited that after a long road, I’m becoming ordained. Scared that I will be stepping out from the pews to the front! Humbled that I have been called out by God, to lead His people and His church and follow in the steps of the many great priests I have had the good fortune to meet on my journey.

It may sound strange but I’m particularly looking forward to washing peoples’ feet. It’ll be such a privilege to be able to serve others, but especially to wash their feet following in the steps of Jesus Christ”.


Jacquie Messinger

Jacquie Messinger

Archdeaconry: Colchester
Parish: Lexden, St Leonard

" I was born in Tottenham, North London but grew up in Enfield, Middlesex where my husband, Robert, and I continued to live after we were married.  Over the years, we gradually moved out through Essex, living the last 30 years in Colchester.

My early school days were very happy and then I passed the 11+ and my senior days were spent at an extremely suffocating grammar school.  I left as soon as I could and went to work in various offices, expanding my knowledge from invoice typist at 16 to secretary/PA to two company directors at a London insurance company where I met my husband. 

We have two grown up children, Kelly and Matthew.  When the children were in their teens I went back to work and spent 20 years at Colchester Institute. 

I have attended St. Leonard’s Church, Lexden for many years.  I have done all sorts of things within the church from sidesperson, cleaner, tea maker etc.  Back in 2007 I undertook the course in Christian Studies which led to my studying to be a Lay Evangelist in 2009 and then a Pastoral Assistant in 2015.  My priest then asked what I was going on to do and, after prayer and discussion, I did two years training as an LLM, but during this time several people asked the question as to why I wasn’t thinking about ordination, especially the Assistant Curate who was at our church at the time.  He spoke to the DDO and, as they say, the rest is history!

We have a beautiful, black retriever named Nimue (after Arthurian legend – blame my husband) who I walk daily. I love being with my children and grandchildren and listening to music and the radio – especially The Archers.