Meet our #NewRevs 2018

A former financial adviser, a health visitor, diplomat, weights enthusiast and a probation officer - just some of those who made up the 19 priests and deacons ordained into the Diocese of Rochester at the end of September this year.

Find out more about them below (click on an image to enlarge).

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.

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 2018

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.

Nicky has a voracious appetite for reading and also enjoys craft work. She likes to study and likes people too! She really hopes she'll be able to support others to develop their own spiritual lives.

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.
Jessica loves music and plays piano, violin and enjoys singing. She would love to help build community through singing.
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
Simon is a keen landscape artist and works in oils, acrylics and watercolour. He hopes to encourage people's artistic skills and interests in the parish, perhaps by setting up an art prayer group.
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.
 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. 
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.

Priests 2018

Amanda has been a caterer and a publican. She loves lifting weights, running, and having joined the local gym, says people are often surprised she is a vicar! She has a passion for life in all its fullness - something she says Jesus offers in overflowing abundance.

Jim has had a rewarding career working in the charity and hospice sector. Prior to this he worked in the stockbroking industry. His year at St. Augustine's has been really fulfilling and he's looking forward to further supporting the church in Slade Green.

Wendy has a background in childcare and has appreciated being able to see children of all ages meet new milestones every day. She enjoys a new challenge and recently took up knitting, and learning to play the guitar.
Folake has a passion for worship music. She has enjoyed expressing this in a 'Open Church' initiative, which sees the church open all day once a month for prayer, meditation and reflection.

Before training for ordained ministry, Matt spent time sharing the 'good news' of Jesus with young people in various school-based ministries. He enjoys lots of sports including cycling and rugby, as well as Netflix!  

Harriet, is a Self Supporting Minister. She enjoys hill walking and anything relating to yarn - from dyeing and spinning, to weaving and knitting! A former diplomat, her work has taken her all over the world, from the Far East, to the Falklands in the far south.
Jef has spent more that 40 years in the financial services. He's run for parliament and built a house! He's going to remain a Self Supporting Minister, while he continues to run his business

Christine is artistic and is involved in the flower-arranging at church. She also loves to travel; Christine and her husband once travelled all the way to the western Sahara a motorhome!

Edward has found it a privilege to be part of the life of the Parish and wider community in Beckenham. It has been a year of new experiences in a community in which he has grown to love and care for.


 We also welcome Nicola Harvey who was ordained as priest to serve in the parish of Hadlow.

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