Eleven men and women joined the Diocese of Winchester’s team of clergy on Sunday 2 July as they were ordained deacons at Winchester Cathedral by the Bishop of Winchester, the Right Reverend Tim Dakin.
Four women and seven men, ranging in age from 26 to 54, bring a huge breadth of background and experience to the Diocese of Winchester. Between them, they have worked in a wide range of sectors, including nursing, teaching and the Army, before responding to God’s call to serve their local communities as Christian leaders.
The Bishop of Winchester, the Right Reverend Tim Dakin, ordained the new deacons following two to three years of training. Deacons have a special role within the Church, often understood as the role of a servant as they take on a particular responsibility to serve the community and reach out to those in need. Deacons will normally go on to be ordained as a priest a year later.
Following the ordinations, Bishop Tim said:
“I am delighted to have ordained these eleven new members of the clergy this weekend. Deacons lead by example, expressing Jesus’ love for the world through their prophetic service. We are very blessed in our Diocese that every year we welcome new members of the clergy from all walks of life, and the breadth of their previous experience enriches parishes across Hampshire and East Dorset. I look forward to working closely with all of our new deacons over the coming years.”
The full list of deacons who have been ordained this year is below, together with the parishes they will now go on to serve.
- Graeme Dixon, Totton
- Will Fairbairn, Bitterne Park
- Nik Gower, Romsey
- Kat Mepham, Bishopstoke and Fair Oak
- Simon Nicholls, Bournemouth St Clement’s/St Swithun’s
- Robert Phillips, Eastrop
- Jackie Sellin, Southampton City Centre
- Nicky Smith, Sholing and Bitterne Park
- David Torrance, Highfield and St Denys
- George Watkinson, Christ Church Winchester
- Joy Windsor, Alton
To download photographs of the new deacons, please click here.
Priestly ordinations took place on Saturday 1 July. To download photographs of the new priests, please click here.