Meet East Kent and Jersey’s #NewRevs

On Saturday 1 July, 18 men and women were ordained in Canterbury.to serve in churches and communities across East Kent and the Channel Islands. The Church’s new ministers include a renal nurse, a former police officer, a call centre manager and a vicar’s wife.

On Saturday 1 July, 18 men and women will be ordained to serve in churches and communities across East Kent and the Channel Islands. The Church’s new ministers include a renal nurse, a former police officer, a call centre manager and a vicar’s wife.

The eight priests and ten deacons – an increase on last year’s numbers – will be commissioned as ministers of the Church in a special service at Canterbury Cathedral by Bishop Trevor Willmott.

Barry Knott will serve communities in the Maidstone area as Assistant Curate at Allington, St Nicholas with Maidstone, St Peter and Maidstone and St Andrew Barming Heath. He said: “I was happy in my job as a police officer in Kent with dreams of a leisurely retirement cruising the inland waterways at four miles an hour or fly-fishing – my two favoured pastimes. God had other ideas, and I found myself shifting from ideas of part-time self-supporting ministry to early retirement and taking up a full-time stipend working a six-day week until I am seventy!”

The group will be ordained by the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover and Bishop in Canterbury. “There’s never been a more exciting time to be a priest,” he said. “The changing cultures and contexts of Britain today offer fresh challenges and opportunities for us to share God’s love with those around us. Our new deacons bring with them a wealth of experience, talent and enthusiasm and I am delighted that they are joining us in this mission.”

Before training for the priesthood, Jo Purle worked as a renal nurse in Canterbury. She also spent 6 years as a missionary working in slums in Uganda. This next stage of her ministry will see her working much closer to home as she takes up the role of Assistant Curate at St John the Baptist in Folkestone. “I feel thrilled to be serving my curacy at St. John’s,” she said, “and I have a growing expectancy of what the Lord has in store for the church and the wider community. I’m a keen runner, hill walker and I love the beach, so I’m sure my new home will provide plenty of opportunities to meet with God in the great outdoors and seek His heart for Folkestone.”

Click here to meet all of our new deacons.

For more information, contact Anna Drew, Director of Communications, Canterbury Diocese on 07753454586, or email adrew@diocant.org