Meet our #NewRevs 2019

A former barrister, founder of a charity, bonsai tree grower and doctor are just some of those who made up the 15 priests and deacons ordained into the Diocese of Rochester at the end of September this year. 

Find out more about them below. 

They will now serve in parishes across Medway, north west Kent and the London Boroughs of Bromley and Bexley, which make up the Diocese of Rochester.

This year both services for those being ordained priest and deacon were live streamed. Watch them both here:

Anyone interested in exploring their own sense of calling, whether that be to lay or ordained ministry, can find more information on our Vocations pages here

Deacons 2019

Rachel is the founder of the charity, JusB - a youth charity in Bromley providing activities for young people, between 10 years and 23 years, during term and holiday periods. Her interests circulate around food and the opportunity it brings to listen to and share stories and laughter.

A former barrister, Paul has overcome a prolonged period of M.E./chronic fatigue, due in no small part to the love and support he received from his wife. The experience also enabled Paul to develop a closer relationship with God through contemplative prayer. Other interests include walking the dog, learning about and developing his knowledge of God, and being alongside others in their spiritual journey. 

Lorna loves to sing and will join in with any opportunity to do it. She'll have a go at most things arty  - although not always successfully. She also enjoys baking and hopes to be able to contribute to the (very high quality) cake stall at the monthly coffee morning!

Dom chairs the Harare Companionship Group, as part of Rochester Diocese’s companionship link with the Diocese of Harare in Zimbabwe. He grows bonsai trees, which he finds relaxing, and enjoys singing. He also writes fiction as a hobby and has had some short stories published. 

A trained doctor, Jenny has always enjoyed using her medical skills alongside short term mission work in Africa. She enjoys music in many forms and has run choirs and music groups over the years. She's looking forward to encouraging both young and old to have a go to develop a lively worshipping music group.

While teaching school Mathematics, Daniel was also an officer in the Royal Navy CCF; he's even been trained in the Navy’s damage repair simulator. He enjoys both listening to and making music and chasing a hockey ball around a field.

Following university, Amanda worked on an industry magazine and after having two sons, trained to be a teacher and went into education. She's enjoyed working with a variety of children in a range of settings, including a Pupil Referral Unit for excluded children.  She's had experience of amateur dramatics and enjoys running and has even jumped out of a plane for charity.

Adam has had a career in the Armed Forces and the Oil and Gas manufacturing industry taking him on adventures far and wide, working with a variety of people groups. He hopes to utilize his gifts to be able to equip people for the work of the ministry within the parish of St Justus, Rochester. 

Priests 2019

A keen musician, Gordon is hoping to use music for services and outreach events. He heard God speak to him for the first time while praying with a secondary school friend after hearing the news that his mum had been diagnosed with cancer.

Jessica loves music and plays piano, violin and enjoys singing. She would love to help build community through singing.

A former headteacher, Judi really enjoys making friends and helping communities to support and encourage each other. She's recently taken up running, enjoying the head-space it gives her to talk to God about anything and everything.
Laura has been a former probation officer and has a long-standing passion for social justice, working with deprivation and those who may need additional support. She's looking forward to working alongside those in the parish who share her passion

Anthea loves cooking and creating opportunities to bring people together. She would like to bring these two passions together in responding to the needs of the community. 

Lisa has been a Geography teacher for over 20 years. She has a wealth of experience working with young people, having been at a various points a Beavers and Cubs leader, and now Padre to the 2520 Tonbridge Squadron ATC (Air Cadets). Her best friend is her Labrador, Jessie, with whom she walks several miles a day together.
Luke has a background in youth work, having set up a youth work charity in Tunbridge Wells. He enjoys sport and music and having spent many of his formative years in other parts of the world and around people of different cultures, he brings an ability and desire to connect and get to know people, their stories, passions and dreams.




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