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New Lay Ministers Licensed

13th Oct 2020

10 new Licensed Lay Ministers (LLMs) were licenced by the Right Reverend Peter Hill, the Acting Bishop of Chelmsford and the Bishop of Barking, at our socially distanced Celebration of Lay Ministry service at Chelmsford Cathedral on Saturday 10 October.

The service was livestreamed to enable people to join the service online.

The guest preacher at the service was Carrie Myers, Lay Ministry Officer for the Church of England. Carrie helps to champion and celebrate lay ministries, coordinate work nationally and support dioceses in growing vocations, providing training and sharing ideas, inspiration and best practice. she and has been a licensed Reader in the Diocese of Southwark since 2013.

Carrie gave a talk to the new LLMs which will also be added to the Chelmsford Cathedral YouTube channel  after the service.

Caroline Harding, Lay Ministry Adviser for the diocese, who oversees the discernment for lay ministers, said: 

Congratulations to all our new LLMs who have heard God’s call. May they be blessed and be a blessing to all whom they serve in their future ministry”

LLMs are theologically trained church leaders. Their role is to work alongside ordained ministers to teach and encourage discipleship.


Our new LLMs 

The images below are of our 10 new LLMs at Chelmsford Cathedral before their licensing with the Right Reverend Peter Hill, Acting Bishop of Chelmsford.


Barking Area 

Keith Bone - St Paul's East Ham

Keziah Jimoh - Great Ilford 

Gail Hughes - St Laurence, Blackmore

Bill Miller - St Mary, Becontree (to be licensed as a Lay Worker)


Bradwell Area 

Jenny Pratt - St Leonard's Southminster

Anne Heath - St Mary's, Great Baddow

Phil Horscroft - Pitsea with Nevendon

Emma Doe - Wickford & Runwell Team Ministry

Mike Trickner - St Andrew's, Wickford


Colchester Area 

Brain Meads - St Peter ad vincula, Coggeshall

Garry Paxton - The Hedinghams and Upper Colne

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