On Sunday 20 September, Bishop Trevor admitted and licensed eight people as Readers at the annual Celebration of Reader ministry service held in Canterbury Cathedral.
Pamela Cuerden – Len Valley
Pamela is a learning mentor and freelance graphic designer by profession, but loves to potter about in her garden. She felt God calling her beyond her roles as an ALM and, now she is a Reader looks forward to playing a greater role in encouraging people towards a deeper relationship with God.
Brian Edwards – All Saints Margate
It was attending a Deepening Discipleship course that acted as the catalyst for exploring Reader ministry. Brian has always played a very active part in the life of the Church and recognises that becoming a Reader is the next step of fulfilment on his journey of faith. Brian has a special interest in spiritual direction and his recent experience as a nurse in Palliative care has taught him much about care for the dying and bereaved.
Jenny Groombridge - Bewsborough
At the local Primary school Jenny assists with the ‘Jesus and Me’ (JAM) club and listens to children read as a volunteer. Having previously worked in the public sector she now works part-time in her husband’s business; a love of reading, exercise classes and gardening help her to unwind and nourish her spiritually. Jenny is looking forward to helping start up a Messy church in one of her local villages.
Esther Jonas – St Peter’s Aylesham
Having previously worked in the care profession, Esther now cares for her mother-in-law. She admits to auditioning for the ‘Pointless’ game show on TV but was unsuccessful; other interests include researching her family history and has managed to trace back to 1835 on her paternal side. She is very active in the life of her local church and is looking forward to helping other people find Jesus.
Sam Keeler-Walker – St Martin and St Paul’s Canterbury
(An apology for a typo which crept into the order of service listing Sam as St Mary Bredin).
Sam already had a theology degree before exploring Reader ministry. He works full-time as an organ tuner going all of the country tuning, maintaining, restoring and building organs in churches, schools, halls and a few private houses. Sam runs the parish publicity, and coordinates the student work in his parish; he also sings in the choir and helps with the technology. Alongside this he is also a member of the Diocesan Archbishop’s Council and Licensed Ministries Framework.
Nicky Lord – Kingsdown and Creekside
Nicky is a mother to her three children and foster parent to her two nieces; she has been a Family Support Worker and Social Worker. She enjoys the outdoors and walking as well as cosy times with family and friends. Nicky’s heart is for those outside the church, she says ‘It is a privilege to spend time with people who have so much to offer the world and to discover God’s love and healing for them together.’
Gordon Mackley – St Luke’s Maidstone
Gordon is active in his local church and community; volunteering as a Team Leader with the Maidstone Street Pastors. A desire to become a better worship leader and preacher led him to explore Reader ministry. He has a vision to be part of a process to motivate those inside the church to be passionate about God’s word, growing in their understanding so they can be effective in sharing the Gospel to a very secular society.
Caroline Ramshaw – High Downs Benefice
Caroline spent much of the past seven years grappling with her calling; initially trying to ignore it and then attending various courses and programmes in an attempt to satisfy the ‘Call’. Finally she gave in and was selected for Reader training and her life has changed for the better ever since. She looks forward to a future of bringing others into the forgiving loving light of Christ. Her advice to other people feeling a sense of ‘call’ is “don’t ignore it – explore it!”
At the service on 20 September Bishop Trevor also welcomed Linda Burton, Terry Valiant and Christine Watts to the diocese and licensed them for ministry in their new parishes and deaneries. From within the diocese Gavin Netherton, Fiona Phillips, Emma Sivyer and Margaret Wells were re-licensed following changes to their ministry.
On 9 November Bishop Trevor will admit and licence Steve Harzo as a Licensed Lay Minister (Reader) at a special service in Jersey.