Some of the deacons walking in front of the Cathedral Some of the deacons walking in front of the Cathedral

Ordination of Deacons 2023

13 September 2023

Eighteen new Deacons were ordained by Bishop Guli at services held at Chelmsford Cathedral on Sunday 10 September. 

Here are our new deacons pictured on the eve of their ordination, on their ordination retreat at the Diocesan House of Retreat at Pleshey.

They are pictured with:

  • The Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani, the Bishop of Chelmsford
  • The Rt Revd Roger Morris, the Bishop of Colchester
  • The Rt Revd Lynne Cullens, the Bishop of Barking 
  • Aiden Hargreaves-Smith, Registrar of the Diocese of Chelmsford
  • The Revd Tim Goodbody, The Diocesan Director of Ordinands 
  • The Revd Rob Merchant, The Director of Mission and Ministry and Education 
  • The Revd Tosin Oladipo, Retreat Leader and Chaplain to The Archbishop of Canterbury 


There were two services and they are both available to watch again on the links below.

1pm service – The ordination of deacons from the Barking and Bradwell Area

3.30pm – The ordination of deacons from the Colchester Area

Meet our new Deacons

We introduced our new Deacons on our social media channels in the run up to the ordination services. Search @chelmsdio on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #ChelmsdioNewRevs.

  • Serving the Barking Area

    Kat Bennett serving at St Lukes Canning Town

    Naomi Snelling serving at St James Collier Row

    Rachel Summers serving in the West Roding Mission Partnership

    Jacintha Danaswamy serving at Walthamstow (St Mary the Virgin, St Gabriel, St Luke)

    Bernard Eaton serving at St Peter-in-the-Forest, Walthamstow 

  • Serving the Bradwell Area

    Matt Ralph serving at Grays North St John the Evangelist and Stifford St Mary & St Cedd

    Julia MacGregor serving within the Maldon MMU

    Sarah Rachell serving at Eastwood St Laurence & All Saints and Leigh-on-Sea St Aidan

    Mark Pape serving at 'St Andrew's and Ascension with All Saints Chelmsford.

  • Serving the Colchester Area

    Emma Barr serving at Wormingford & Mount Bures w Little Horkesley

    Tayrina Ferguson serving at Cressing All Saints

    Nikki Horsley serving at Black Notley and Rayne within the Braintree MMU

    Judith Gibbons serving at Brightlingsea All Saints w St James

    Emma Smith serving at Wivenhoe St Mary the Virgin

    Noah Cockett serving the Witham and Villages Team Ministry

    Charley Day serving at St Luke’s, Highwoods

    Hilary Walker serving in the Saffron Walden Team Ministry 

    Janine Wilde serving The Tenpenny Villages

Ordained Ministry in our Diocese

If you feel that God is calling you to a role in the Church, there are many different opportunities. A good first step is to talk to your local clergy. You can find out more about Ministry in the Church of England, including ordained ministry by visiting the 'Exploring Vocations' page of our website.