4 July 2014: Eleven men and women joined the Diocese of Winchester’s team of clergy on Sunday 29 June as they were ordained deacons at Winchester Cathedral by the Right Reverend Tim Dakin, the Bishop of Winchester.
The seven women and four men, ranging in age from 27 to 62, bring a huge breadth of background and experience to the Diocese of Winchester. Between them, they have a strong track record of public service, working in professions including teaching and nursing before answering the call of God to serve their local communities as leaders of the Church.
Bishop Tim presided over the service as the candidates were ordained as deacons, taking on a special role as servants of the community, which follows two to three years of training. After a period of a year, these new members of the clergy are normally ordained to the priesthood.
The Right Reverend Tim Dakin, the Bishop of Winchester, said:
“I am delighted to have welcomed these new members of the clergy this weekend. Deacons take on a particular responsibility to serve the community and reach out to those in need, and play an important part in proclaiming the Gospel to their local communities. They have been called to lead the Church in mission and ministering to the needs and hopes of all people, making the love and transforming power of God visible in the world around them.”
The candidates will be helping to lead churches across Hampshire and Dorset, serving their local communities in schools, hospitals and prisons and working with different community groups, as well as leading public worship. Between them, they will help to lead the church in mission across the Diocese of Winchester, seeking to demonstrate the restoring love and transforming power of Jesus.
Bishop Tim added:
“Deacons are a great blessing to us all and each new member of the clergy will play an important part leading the church in God’s mission across our Diocese – reaching out into every corner of our local communities to demonstrate the power of God’s Holy Spirit and working together for social justice. I look forward to working closely with all of them over the coming years and ask everyone across our Diocese to keep them in their prayers.”
For further information please contact the Diocese of Winchester communications team on 020 7618 9197 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to editors
The new deacons are:
Lerys Campbell: Ringwood
Lee Davies: Andover St Mary
Nicky Davies: Fordingbridge & Breamore & Hale with the Charfords
Rachel Hartland: Old Basing and Lychpit
Jono Harvey: Eastleigh
Jo Mulliner: Lymington
Rachel Noel: Fordingbridge & Breamore & Hale with the Charfords
Amy Powis: Shirley
Linda Scard: North Hampshire Downs
Angie Smith: Winchester Christ Church
Christine Whitehead: Chandlers Ford