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Bishop ordains ‘all ages, colour, shapes and sizes’ for God’s service in community

13th Sep 2018

What do a professor of biostatistics, a district nurse, a youth worker, a special constable, a psychotherapist, a banker, a postman, an airline pilot, a midwife, a physiotherapist, a sheet metal worker, a maths teacher and a TV producer all have in common?”

asks Bishop of Chelmsford Stephen Cottrell.

Well, the slightly surprising answer is that I have ordained them all as new ministers. They are all ages, colour, shapes and sizes, not all of them grew up going to church, but each of them has discovered a call to serve God and to try and make our local communities better, more godly, more welcoming, and more generous places.”

With 31 more people being ordained amid joyful celebrations at Chelmsford Cathedral Diocesan Director of Ordinands Canon Philip Need has also highlighted how God is renewing the Church for service:

Each year, when women and men are ordained as deacons, it is an exciting time for the whole church. These are the people who have offered themselves for ordained public ministry and their call has been recognised by the wider church. The ordinations come after candidates have been trained and we all celebrate the offering of their lives which they make – often at great cost to themselves and their families – as well as realising that God’s hand is guiding and directing us in new ways.

“I believe that God has given us incredible gifts and rich resources for our service in the Gospel. May he also call us to faith in what he is doing around us and help us to trust his power and love for the days ahead.”

Bishop Stephen ordained the new Deacons on September 15 at Chelmsford Cathedral.


Our 31 new Deacons at the Diocesan House of Retreat in Pleshey on the evening before their ordination with Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford; Retreat leader, the Very Revd Nicola Sullivan, Dean of Southwell; Rt Revd Charles Mwendwa, Bishop of Meru; Mrs Abishag Mwendwa; Rt Revd Roger Morris, Bishop of Colchester;  Rt Revd Peter Hill, Bishop of Barking; Revd Mark Blakely, Chaplain to the Bishop of Chelmsford; and Revd Canon Philip Need, Diocesan Director of Ordinands. 

David Harrigan - Church of the Good Shepherd Collier Row.      

Alan Moss - Collier Row St James & Havering-atte-Bower St John.                                             

David Perry - Hornchurch St Nicholas (Elm Park).

John Noddings - The United Benefice of Corringham & Fobbing.                                 

Shirley Pearce - St Andrews and Holy Cross Basildon.                                     

Suzanne Fryer - Grays Thurrock Team Ministry.                  

Jackie Turner - Hadleigh St James the Less & Hadleigh St Barnabas.                                                            

Cathy Hasler - Grays Thurrock Team Ministry.     

Wendy Mott - Benefice of Corringham and Fobbing.                                                       

Michael Walker - St Michael and All Angels Westcliff-on-Sea.

Anne Keeble - St Stephen's Tye Green, Harlow.                               

Tom Warmington - Epping Team Ministry.    

Sam Peters - Epping St John.

Andy Brown - Widford St Mary. 

Simon Pearce - All Saints Springfield.

Chris Smith - St Luke's Highwoods.                                           

Kirsty Emerson - Great Oakley, Wix, Wrabness, Tendring and Beaumont-cum-Moze.

Viv Mendham - St Leonard’s Lexden.

Helen Flack ­- Stansted Mountfitchet with Birchanger and Farnham.          

Beverley Vincent - Halstead Team Ministry.                         

Susannah Lacon - Thaxted, The Sampfords, Radwinter and Hempstead.

Sandra Eldridge - West Ham St Matthew.                                             

John King - East Ham.                                                     

Gary Wilson - All Saints Woodford Wells.                                                               

Anne Mackenna - Leytonstone St Andrew.                                          

Robert Otule - Stratford St John.                                                               

Tom Britt – Wanstead.    

Abi Todd ­ - All Saints Woodford Wells.                    

Thom Jee - All Saints Woodford Wells.    

Amy Stott -  Ascension Victoria Dock.                                                      

Obi Chike - St. Paul’s East Ham.

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