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

25 new priests ordained

29th Jun 2021

Congratulations to our 25 new priests, who were ordained at services across East London and Essex from 26 -29 June. Churches livestreamed their Priest Ordinations to enable people to watch and join the services online.

Our new priests are pictured above at their ordination retreat at the Diocesan Retreat House, Pleshey with the Bishops of Barking, Bradwell and Colchester, retreat leader Revd Alison Christian and our Diocesan Director of Ordinands the Revd Tim Goodbody.


Our New Priests


Saturday 26 June

Ordained to the priesthood at Becontree, St Mary by Bishop Peter: 

Tim Broadbent

Penny Brooks

Geoff Clarke

Marianne Hayward


Ordained to the priesthood at All Saints' Woodford Wells by Bishop Peter:

David Baker

David Edmondson

Urbain Matsalou-Yombe

Janetta Brathwaite

Olive Thursby


Ordained to the priesthood at Epping, St John by Bishop Peter:

Jessica Bostock

Jaimee Summers


Ordained to the priesthood at Chelmsford, Ascension w All Saints by Bishop John:

Sally Croft

Julia Lacey


Ordained to the priesthood at Southchurch, Holy Trinity by Bishop John:

Trudy Arnold

Carol Cockcroft

Stephen Finch

Hannah Robinson


Ordained to the priesthood at Clacton, St James by Bishop Roger:

Louise Oliver

Elisabeth Ring

Christopher Willis


Ordained to the priesthood at Bocking, St Mary by Bishop Roger:

Elsie Bouffler

Sharon Quilter

Catherine Towner


Monday 28 June

Ordained to the priesthood at Harold Wood, St Peter by Bishop Rod Thomas, the Bishop of Maidstone: 

Andrew Bellis


Tuesday 29 June 

Ordained to the priesthood at Brentwood, St Thomas by Bishop Norman Banks, the Bishop of Richborough:

Matthew Austen



More information

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Photos from the services can also be viewed on the Diocese of Chelmsford Facebook Page 

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