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Cathy Hasler

Cathy Hasler

Archdeaconry: Southend
Parish: Grays Thurrock Team Ministry

I was born in the East End of London and grew up in Poplar until my Dad moved to work in Tilbury Docks. Mum, Dad my sister and brother moved to Tilbury and I travelled to London every day to finish my ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels and attended the London School of Music as a Saturday Scholar.

After school I went to Teacher training college then started teaching in Thurrock. I loved working with children with learning difficulties and after my initial qualifying year moved to the Peripatetic Support Service, teaching children and supporting teachers.

I met and married Clive in 1984 and have two children Matthew and Megan.  I taught for 40 years, all in Thurrock Schools.

I trained as a Reader because I knew that was what God wanted! However, He is gracious and waited for me to listen properly and I have trained at St Mellitus for a second time. I was a County Officer with St John Ambulance, working with the youngest members, the Badgers. When I have any spare time, I enjoy Cross-stich, reading and doing puzzles.


Shirley Pearce

Shirley Pearce

Archdeaconry: Southend
Parish: St Andrews and Holy Cross, Basildon

I was born in Africa, and at the age of ten I answered an alter call after watching a Billy Graham film; I have been blessed to have a long journey with God. As I have moved many times over the years, I have attended a variety of churches, but until 20 years ago, they were mostly Methodist. That it is to the Church of England where God called me to ordained ministry was really surprising! That I should have had that calling during a long and rewarding career as a nurse was also a surprise. I am so grateful to my lovely family who have encouraged and supported me throughout this journey to ordination and also grateful to St Mellitus College for enabling this opportunity for me to serve God. I am delighted that I will be serving my curacy at St Andrews and Holy Cross in Basildon.


Michael Walker

Michael Walker

Archdeaconry: Southend
Parish: St Michael and All Angels, Westcliff-on-Sea

Raised the son of a preacher, in a wonderfully prayerful and supportive home, I am receiving the baton in my mid-thirties having studied engineering, taught secondary maths for nine years, married Rebecca and had three kids to boot! 

The depths of God’s redeeming love in Jesus struck me most powerfully under the ministry of faithful women and men at All Souls, Langham place in the early naughties and from that grounding I knew I would one day devote myself as a servant and herald of the Lord Jesus in an ordained capacity.  That day has finally come after a few detours! 

My wife Rebecca, is training to be a GP alongside me and our three children Daniel, Matthew and Chloe are all at school together for the first time this September. 

I’ll be training under Revd Tom Loh in Westcliff-on-Sea and planning with the church family for an exciting new ministry planned for Southend two or three years hence.  I can’t wait to get started! 


Wendy Mott

Wendy Mott

Archdeaconry: Southend
Parish: Benefice of Corringham and Fobbing

Being locally deployed in the Benefice of Corringham and Fobbing, a community I have been part of for the past fifty years, will bring many blessings and challenges.

Originally born in Romford, my first few years were spent worshipping at St John’s South Hornchurch, where I was baptised. Moving to Stanford, my family became part of the Parish of Corringham, worshipping mainly at St John’s, where I was confirmed six months after starting at Palmers School in Grays.

Fulfilling my dream to become a teacher I went to train at Christ Church Canterbury. Returning to Corringham, most of my teaching career was spent at Corringham Primary School. I have been married to David for 25 years; together we share an interest in walking, and history.

Having been licensed as a Lay Minister five years ago, I have been encouraged by all around me to follow the path to ordination. 


Jackie Turner

Jackie Turner

Archdeaconry: Southend
Parish: Hadleigh St James the less & Hadleigh St Barnabas

I grew up in Ilford, experiencing a very happy childhood, which I shared with my sister, Geraldine. It was so good that we didn’t leave our parental home until we were both in our mid-twenties. By that time, I had met and become engaged to Dave, who is now my Husband. We moved to Romford and was married in St Andrew’s Church by the Brewery. Charlie, our son, was born eighteen months later in 1997 and we went back to St Andrews for him to be baptised. This was when I started to ask questions about the Bible and God. Later that year, I was confirmed. In 2005, I completed the Christian Studies course and collected my certificate on my daughter’s due date, but Madeleine had other ideas and arrived 10 days later. Life became very busy, as a year later we moved to Rayleigh and it wasn’t until a few years later, Holy Trinity Church held a two weekend taster for pastoral care training. This encouraged me to do a year’s training and become one of the pastoral assistants in 2010. Within six weeks, on a Cursillo weekend, I had a massive calling that I needed to step out of my comfort zone and explore ordination. After a long journey of discernment, I was accepted to study at St Mellitus College. This was three years ago and it’s been the best life changing experience ever.


John Noddings

John Noddings

Archdeaconry: Southend
Parish: The United Benefice of Corringham & Fobbing

I was born in Accrington, Lancashire, the son of a Pentecostal minister. As my father’s ministry developed, we gradually began to move down south, as he entered the Baptist church, before being ordained in the Church of England by the time I was aged eleven. Christianity, has then, formed the bedrock of my early years. In my mid-twenties, I moved into the Roman Catholic Church and was ordained deacon in 2002, but after much reflection, I sought laicisation, returned to the Church of England and trained to be a Religious Studies teacher. This led me to teach in Bournemouth, Reading, Croydon, and Ilford, before finally settling in Chelmsford in 2011. It was here, in the Chelmsford diocese, that the flame of vocation to serve God and His people was relit and has led me to where I am today. I have just completed two years residential training at Westcott House, Cambridge, and am looking forward to serving as a deacon in The United Benefice of Corringham & Fobbing. My parents are now both retired and live in Salisbury and I have one sister who is a nurse. In my free time, I enjoy, amongst other things, walking, cooking and cryptic crosswords.


Suzanne Fryer

Suzanne Fryer

Archdeaconry: Southend
Parish: Grays Thurrock Team Ministry. 

I was brought up in Hullbridge, attended school locally, and studied Music at Sheffield University. My most recent job was with the Archbishops’ Council, on a team looking at mission and ministry through weddings, christenings and funerals. 


I am married to Jon, and for over a decade we were both part of the leadership team of Legacy, a Fresh Expression of church for young people in a skatepark, linked to St Georges Church Benfleet where we live. This, alongside my work for the Archbishops’ Council, formed my call to ordained ministry; I am passionate about bringing the good news of Jesus to those outside the church, and a work colleague suggested I should consider ordination, which came as a shock at the time! But after a few years of resistance I started training, and am now looking forward to starting a new chapter as curate at Grays Thurrock team ministry.