New deacons and priests for the Church in East Kent

On Saturday 2 July, twelve men and women will be ordained to serve in churches and communities across East Kent. The five priests and seven deacons will be commissioned as ministers of the Church in a special service at Canterbury Cathedral on Saturday afternoon.

1 July 2016

On Saturday 2 July, twelve men and women will be ordained to serve in churches and communities across East Kent. The five priests and seven deacons will be commissioned as ministers of the Church in a special service at Canterbury Cathedral on Saturday afternoon.

Those becoming deacons include Aptin Samadi, who will be Assistant Curate at St Philip’s Church in Margate. Originally from Iran, Aptin grew up in a muslim family but found faith in Jesus while studying science at University. “From the very first days of my Christian life, I had a sense of calling to ministry and I shared the Gospel with many students and some of them came to faith,” he said. “Even though working as a scientist was my biggest dream since childhood, the urgency of serving the kingdom of God and reaching out for the lost overcame all my plans and desires.”

Melissa Carter felt her call to ministry at the age of just seventeen years old, but spent time growing her faith and confidence before entering training. She said, “I pray that in my future ministry I can help people discover their own relationship with God so they can recognise the beauty of character that God sees in them. I look forward to walking alongside people as they find their own special place within God’s creation and encourage them to flourish with the nourishment of God’s love, grace, joy and peace.”

Deacon Andrew Carter also got his call at an early age: “I still remember that gut-wrenching feeling. I was 13 years old when a girl told me that I should be a preacher. Though my mouth informed her she was wrong I knew she was probably right. Nurtured in church youth groups and a supportive family, and with plenty of opportunity to share my faith at school and with friends, I continually felt God calling me out to serve his people to make Christ known.”

The group will be ordained by the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover and Bishop in Canterbury. “This is a very exciting time, both for the Church and for our ordinands,” he said. “Meeting each one of them makes me feel even more hopeful about the future of the Church. I have no doubt that this diverse and talented bunch will be a huge blessing to our churches and communities across East Kent.”

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

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