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25 New Deacons to serve the communities of Essex and East London

15th Sep 2020

25 new Deacons were ordained by the Right Reverend Peter Hill, the Acting Bishop of Chelmsford and the Bishop of Barking, the Right Reverend John Perumbalath, the Bishop of Bradwell and the Right Reverend Roger Morris, the Bishop of Colchester at socially distanced services held at Chelmsford Cathedral on  Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions attendance at each service was strictly limited. However, this year, for the first time, each service was live streamed and hundreds of people watched the ordinations online over the weekend.

The ordination services were also the first for Revd Tim Goodbody in his new role as Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO), Tim said:

“These ordinations were historic; nothing like this has ever happened before, and it is a tribute to the Bishops and the Cathedral staff that they were able to go ahead under the restrictions of the pandemic.

It was such a joy for me to be able to join the 25 deacons as they began their ordained ministry, to be able to congratulate them and to share in the celebrations of their families and friends, even those watching online.

“It is my prayer that we will learn and grow from the experience of ordinations under lockdown, which have given us a real opportunity to consider


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Our 25 new Deacons outside Chelmsford Cathedral on the evening before their ordination with the Right Reverend Peter Hill, Acting Bishop of Chelmsford and Bishop of Barking, the Right Reverend Roger Morris, Bishop of Colchester, the Right Reverend John Perumbalath, Bishop of Bradwell, the Diocesan Director of Ordinands, Revd Tim Goodbody, Diocesan Registrar, Aiden Hargreaves-Smith, Interim Director of Mission and Ministry & Bradwell CMD Adviser, Revd Andy Griffiths, the Bishop’s equality adviser, Revd Ade Eleyae, the Venerable Vanessa Herrick, Archdeacon of Harlow and the Venerable Elizabeth Snowden, Archdeacon of Chelmsford who was leading the Deacons on retreat.


Our New Deacons

Deacons serving in the Barking Archdeaconry

Marianne Hayward - St Nicholas, Elm Park

Urbain Yombe - Barking Riverside 

Tim Broadbent - St Mary, Becontree

Andrew Bellis Harold Wood, St Peter

Penny Brooks - All Saints, Cranham

Geoff Clarke - Collier Row, St James & Havering-atte-Bower St John the Evangelist


Deacons serving in the West Ham Archdeaconry

Janetta Brathwaite - Forest Gate St Saviour & St James

David Baker - All Saints with Saint Andrew’s, Woodford Wells

Olive Thursby - St. Mary with Christ Church, Wanstead

Dave Edmondson - Walthamstow St Mary the Virgin, St Gabriel and St Luke


Deacons serving in the Harlow Archdeaconry

Jaimée Summers – Epping Team Ministry

Jessica Bostock - Epping Team Ministry


Deacons serving in the Chelmsford Archdeaconry

Julia Lacey - Chelmsford The Ascension w All Saints

Sally Croft - Ingatestone St Edmund & St Mary

Matthew Austen - Brentwood St Thomas of Canterbury


Deacons serving in the Southend Archdeaconry

Hannah Robinson - South Shoebury St Andrew w St Peter

Trudy Arnold - Southchurch, Holy Trinity

Steve Finch - Hawkwell St Mary & Emmanuel

Carol Cockcroft - Grays Thurrock Team Ministry


Deacons serving in the Stansted Archdeaconry

Catherine Towner - St Mary and Panfield St Mary & St Christopher

Elsie Bouffler - Great Dunmow & Barnston

Sharon Quilter - Halstead Area Team Ministry


Deacons serving in the Colchester Archdeaconry

Elisabeth Ring - Wivenhoe, St Mary the Virgin

Louise Oliver - Clacton St James

Chris Willis - Stanway, St Albright


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