The Vocations Team is concerned with identifying and encouraging the gifts of all and developing new routes to lay and ordained ministry.
They assess candidates for ordained ministry, Licensed lay ministry, pioneer ministry and support Ordinands as they progress, as well as manage and develop the young vocations initiative.
Revd Tim Goodbody
Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO)
The role of DDO is to listen to people who are sensing that God may be prompting them to explore a vocation as a priest. The DDO is attentive to the story of the individual’s life and faith as a whole.
A process of discernment helps the DDO decide whether to recommend to the Bishop that the person should be sent to a Bishop's Advisory Panel, who test the candidate's calling within the framework set by the Church of England and then recommend to their Bishop if they should be trained for Ordained Ministry.
To contact Tim you can send him an email or telephone 01245 294422.
Revd Hilary Le Seve
Revd Hilary Le Sève is our Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands (ADDO). She works with Revd Tim Goodbody overseeing the process of discernment for candidates offering for ordiained ministry in the church.
She can be contacted by email or on 01621 892867.
Lay Ministry Adviser
Caroline is the teams Lay Ministry Adviser and can be contacted by email or on 01245 294454.
The Bishops have appointed a person in each Deanery who is available to people who would like to talk through their sense of vocation.
Vocation Advisers are not part of any formal selection process but are willing to offer advice.
They are also available to parishes and are willing to preach on vocations or speak at special events.
Bradwell Episcopal Area
Bradwell Area Vocations lead
Revd Marion Walford
Revd Simon Law
Revd Carolyn Tibbott
Revd Miranda Seaman
Maldon & Dengie Deanery
Revd Julie Wilmot
Revd Marion Walford
Revd Kim Lepley
Revd Ernie Guest
Revd David Rollins
Colchester Episcopal Area
Colchester Area Vocations lead
Revd Canon Ian Hilton
Rev Alex Shannon Tel: 01371 810309 (From January 2023)
Dunmow and Stansted Deaneries
Catherine Elliot Tel: 01371 829766
Rev Beverley Vincent Tel: 07944 200132
Saffron Walden Deanery
Revd Margaret Davis Tel: 01799 550703
Mrs Phyll Wood Tel: 01206 562343
Rev Sarah Hayward Tel:07828 046193
Revd Laura Garnham Tel: 01255 886210
St Osyth Deanery
Rev Caroline Beckett 01206 308726
Revd Tracey Caswell Tel: 01621 335471
Self-Supporting Ministry Vocations Advisers
Revd Robert Stone or 07726 719288
Revd Phillip Howlett or 01206 510732
Young Vocations Advisers
Please contact the Mustard Seed Team in the first instance or one of the Vocations Advisers from your area.