Ordinations 2020

A former children's nurse, founder of a charity, ukelele player and barrister are among the 20 men and women who will be ordained as deacons and priests into the Diocese of Rochester at the end of September. 

Find out more about them below. 

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

Due to pandemic restrictions,  numbers able to attend the services are very restricted. However, as in previous years, each service will be live streamed, particularly to allow friends and family unable to atten to be part of this special occasion.

The deacon's service will take place in Rochester Cathedral at 11am on Saturday 26 September, and will be live-streamed on the Diocese of Rochester Facebook page.

There will be three priesting services, one taking place in each archdeaconry:

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 2020

Rachel Winn

My name is Rachel Winn and I have been married to my (very patient) husband, Adam, for 28 years. We have four young adult children who all still live at home, despite our best efforts! Their ages range from 12 to 24 years and the middle children are twins. I believe having a sense of humour are key requirements for parenting - and perhaps the ministry!

Thirty years ago I trained in Northampton and qualified as an Occupational Therapist, before returning to my home town of Bromley. Before Ordination training at St Augustine’s College of Theology I was a Senior OT in Social Services Complex Care, working with people who have profound physical disabilities.

I try to run regularly and attend Pilates classes. Keeping fit keeps me sane (my family and friends might disagree). Adam and I love fishing together, although he seems to spend a fair bit of time trying to get my fishing line out of trees. This year, as a result of studying Christian Faith & Ethics, I gave up eating meat. I’m still processing the dichotomy regarding my love of fishing and my dietary decision - ‘slowly slowly’ as they say. 

I started my curacy this month and so far it feels like an unexpected blessing. Fear sometimes makes me doubt myself, but I lean heavily into the absolute certain knowledge that God has called me to be a priest. What I long for more than anything is always to ‘do God proud’.

Adam Curtis

I’m 6 foot 7 and over lockdown decided to learn the ukulele. Only to discover that very tall men look ridiculous playing very small instruments. I was born and raised in Royal Tunbridge Wells and grow up going to St John’s. A wonderful family church filled with generous people who know and love the Lord Jesus.

From Tunbridge Wells I went on a gap year with Crosslinks to Thailand. I then studied theology and religious studies at Cardiff University. I loved Cardiff so decided to stay and work for the Students Union. Once that job was done, I moved up to Edinburgh to support students doing evangelism on campus with the University and College Christian Fellowship (UCCF).

At the end of my time in Edinburgh I moved back to Tunbridge Wells and started working with St John’s. Here I ran their 20’s and 30’s ministry and completed the Proclamation Trust Cornhill training program. During these years I started the discernment process and once I got through my BAP, I headed to Oak Hill Bible College to do an MA in theology. At Oak Hill I received academically rigorous training in a warm and loving community of believers.

I will miss my friends their very much but am excited to be with Christ Church Sidcup. I have a passion for one to one evangelism and discipleship. So, I look forward to sitting down with individuals, in local coffee shops, with the Bible open in front of us, exploring God’s Word together.

Matt Hodder

I am originally from the Orpington area but lived in Cambridge for the last three years whilst training for ordained ministry at Ridley Hall. I am married to Jen and we have two young children. Before training for ministry I used to work in a primary school as a Teaching Assistant and Forest School teacher.

I love being outdoors; whether that’s going for walks, spending time in the garden or taking photographs. I am so excited to get to know the people in the parishes of the Bexley Team and be able to share the love of God with the community that we will become a part of.

Belinda Beckhelling

I was born in Malawi, Africa, moved to live with my grandmother in Goa, India at the age of 7. I spent most of my young years at a Convent day school in Goa, where I had a wonderful childhood playing by the sea in the Summer season. My particular strengths were in Maths and the languages. I also played basketball and badminton for my school and was a house leader. I came to England in 1975 to join my parents.

While reading Maths and Computing at South Bank, I opted for the teaching strand and became a Secondary Maths teacher. I got married and moved to the Medway Towns, where I had my two children early. Nathan is now married with a 2-year old and living and working in Vancouver and Natasha is a senior actuarial analyst.

I have lived in the Medway towns for nearly 36 years and have taught locally for most of those years and been headteacher in three schools.

Religion has always played an important part in my life and attending church each week is an important part of that. It also shapes how I try to live my life. St Barnabas church Gillingham is my local Parish Church, which I have attended all the time I have lived in Medway. My calling to priesthood has been honed and clarified through the love and support of the local community in which I live.

I enjoy cooking, walking and visiting gardens and historical places and travelling to new places in our country and abroad. During lockdown, I have spent much time re-discovering my own garden having taken inspiration from those I have visited.

I have a particular interest in supporting and working with people who find themselves homeless, and have worked with the Medway Night Shelter since its inception.

I am a little daunted about working with the community of Rochester Cathedral and its parish, which has historically seen such faithful ministry from so many esteemed bishops and priests, past and present. I am excited though to see where God will lead me as I begin my journey with baby steps.

Christopher Winter

I live in Rochester and have done so for the last 14 years though I was brought up around the world as the son of a diplomat and soldier, I was however educated in Kent and so call Kent home.  I have studied twice at St Augustine’s College, first of all as an associate student for BA in Theology and more latterly as an Ordinand on the Post Graduate Programme. 

I currently work for Ernst & Young where I lead the IT Asset Management practice in the UK and a number of programmes across Europe, I have been there 5 years and worked previously for Deloitte and a software publisher.

I have two main hobbies, firstly singing in choirs and I was a member of the Rochester Cathedral Choir and Voluntary choir for some 23 years.  My other hobby is to rally classic cars, taking part in the UK championship and in some long international endurance events both as a driver and navigator.

I am really looking forward to joining the Parish of Burham and Wouldham and the ministry team there as it seeks to meet the needs of the two existing villages and the new Peter’s Village.  Moving from the cathedral, which has been my spiritual home for a long time, will be difficult but I know that I am joining a very open and welcoming community. 

Beverley Ejimofo

I was born in Cardiff, South Wales; my mum and dad left Jamaica in the 1950s and settled there, following my uncle who served in the RAF in South Wales during the Second World War.

My primary training was in Nursing, although I’d originally wanted to be a teacher and have since then gained two teaching qualifications. I subsequently worked as a Nurse tutor, Health Visitor and an In-house consultant for KCC Social Services and the Local Education Department in training and leadership development. I had a passion for training, and one day I realised that God had given me what I wanted, I was teaching after all.

During a maternity leave I decided to set up my own consultancy business, working mostly with public sector organisations to shape organisational development and supporting personal development; this included an accredited vocational training centre offering a wide range of qualifications.

I also set up a not-for-profit company to help people back into employment. This proved successful, and we worked with many vulnerable adults and young people who had never gained qualifications, helping set them on a new path.

I’m married to Chidi, a Doctor in Emergency medicine and we have three daughters.

I am looking forward to my curacy in St Mary’s Shortlands and am keen to support the parishioners in sharing the love of God in good times and during life’s challenges. I am also surprised to find I am looking forward to getting stuck into some theological study

Renate Tulloh

Over the years of patiently listening to Gods call to ordination I am indebted to my children Emily, Lucy and Ben for their love, encouragement and patience and also to their partners.

I am grateful to my mother, my brothers Adrian and Simon, their families and my dearest friends who have kept me centred and in the world through their inspiration, humour, honesty and friendship.

Thank you to Dave and everyone at Christ Church Chislehurst for being part of my journey.

Being a childrens nurse for 40 years has brought me great joy and I will continue to work part time at Great Ormond Street Hospital. I am privileged to have met incredible children, families and colleagues who have taught me so much and that knowledge goes with me into ministry.

I love to spend time with my family and friends enjoying games, food, music and fun together. Jesus was a man of hospitality and I enjoy welcoming and bringing people together.  My two 8-month-old granddaughters keep me active and provide endless joy! I am quite contemplative and enjoy long walks, the sea, my garden, reading, and music.

I am really looking forward to joining the church family at Holy Trinity Lamorbey, as a non-stipendiary curate and discovering what God has planned for us. I am excited about the journey ahead as we deepen our relationship with Jesus and share our faith with each other and the local community. I hope that we can serve one another and our community with love, joy, grace and hospitality.

Dave Bubb

Although I was born and spent my childhood in Maidstone, my career as a secondary school teacher has taken me all over the country – from Derby and Nottingham to Slough and then on to Lincolnshire before moving back to Rochester. 

For the last ten years I have spent my time training teachers at Canterbury Christ Church University, so I find myself navigating around Kent by using schools.

I have been married to Jane for 28 years and have two children.  James is a doctor in Leicester and Wenonah, a dental therapist, still lives with us at home.  James is married to Hester and we have a wonderful grandson who was born just before lockdown and who we do not see nearly often enough!

It was very hard for us to leave the beautiful rural churches in Cobham and Luddesdowne for my curacy, but Jane and I are already feeling at home in Southborough and Bidborough.  We both have a strong sense that this is where God wants us to be.

I try to run several times a week to help keep middle age at bay.  The Weald is such a beautiful place to explore, but I still struggle with the hills.

We have strong links with the New Life Church in Blantyre, Malawi and I had the privilege of visiting them in the summer of 2018.  Following this I ran a marathon and raised sufficient funds for a new church building, for a community hit by Cyclone Idai.

Caz Mills

No way did I intend to become a priest, it was not my childhood dream. It just sort of happened because God could see something better for my life and I trust him.

In Istead Rise, near Gravesend, I lived with my parents and our pets. As a designer/maker by nature, I attended Rochester Art & Design College, before continuing my studies at Kingston in Surrey, then Elephant & Castle, London.

But God had slightly different plans for me than artistry alone. After uni, freelance work, retail service and commercial cleaning, which all accompanied my volunteering activities, I found a growing desire to consider God’s calling for me.

My experiences in Street Pastoring, prison chaplaincy, running a youth club and helping out at church, as well as my theatre set designing put me in good stead to explore an expressive, creative ministry and inspired me to want to study and apply theology. I did this at Trinity College, Bristol and Yate parish church for 3years.

Now, back in Kent, I find myself in the position of the new curate at St Stephen’s and St Eanswythe’s Mission, south Tonbridge. As God continues to shape me, I realise what a privilege it is to serve Him in this role.

My interests: visual arts, history, adventuring and abstract painting, drinking a good ale, live music and socialising over tasty food. I enjoy swimming and ten-pin bowling.

I look forward to meeting people from all walks of life and sharing in great and meaningful conversations. Please pray my ministry will never be boring but always colourful. 

 

Andrew Cameron

I was born and raised in Hounslow, West London and attended the local school. I gained a place at St John’s Cambridge to read medicine and then moved to Guy’s Hospital for my clinical training.

Whilst on obstetric placement at Pembury Hospital in 1982, I met my wife Sue who was the supervising midwifery sister when I delivered my first baby.

I cannot recall much about the baby, but we were married in 1984. I continued my training in Kent and then worked as a GP in Pembury for thirty years.

I was clinical lead for End of Life Care in the West Kent CCG for the last 5 years before retirement. We have been blessed with three daughters and son, who have all left home. So it is now just the four of us, Sue, me and the two Siamese Cats

As a hobby I enjoy repairing things, and in my recent spare time I have rebuilt the motorbike I courted Sue on back in 1982. I enjoy repairing and renovating old loudspeakers and listening to my vinyl records through them.

I have grown carnivorous plants since childhood and when I was an active member of the Carnivorous Plant Society was fortunate to have some of my plants displayed at Chelsea. I also had many plants rejected as not being good enough!

Sue and I are active allotmenteers and enjoy both the growing and eating of the vegetables, and the peace and tranquility that the allotment affords.

I am daunted when I look to the future in my own strength, but excited when I ask God, ‘What next Lord?’ and he leads me.

Gordon MacBean St John’s Welling

Priests 2020

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. 
 




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