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Petertide Ordinations in Southwark

28 Jun 2007

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The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Rev Tom Butler will ordain eleven new deacons in Southwark Cathedral at 11am on Sunday 1 July 2007. Nine will be full-time stipendiary clergy, and two will be non-stipendiary. They will serve their curacy at the churches shown:

David Cooke Richmond, Holy Trinity and Christ Church
Jane Cresswell Sutton Team Ministry
Louise Ellis Addiscombe, St Mary
Luke Ijaz Wallington, Holy Trinity
Sheridan James Catford & Downham Team Ministry
Charlie Newcombe Wimbledon, Emmanuel
Nicholas Peacock Clapham, Christ Church & St John the
Christopher Thompson Bletchingley & Nutfield
Kathryn Twining Greenwich, St Alfege
Andrew Watson Kennington, St John the Divine with St
James the Apostle

Later on the same day the three area Bishops in Southwark Diocese will ordain as priests the following who have served for a year as deacons in the churches shown:

The Bishop of Croydon, the Rt Rev Nick Baines
at 4pm in Croydon Parish Church (St John the Baptist)

James Ashton Horley Team Ministry
Nigel Dawkins Caterham Team Ministry
Michelle Edmonds Croydon, St Matthew
Caroline Glass Redhill, Holy Trinity

The Bishop of Kingston, the Rt Rev Dr Richard Cheetham
at 6.30p.m. in the Ascension, Balham Hill

Pam Daniel Kennington, St Mark
Ben Goodyear Balham Hill, The Ascension

The Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Rev Christopher Chessun
at 6.30p.m. in Perry Hill, St George

Andrew Moughtin-Mumby Walworth, St Christopher
Sharon Moughtin-Mumby Walworth, St Peter
Robert Stanier Perry Hill, St George with Christ Church
& St Paul

Short biographies follow:

Those to be ordained Deacon at Southwark Cathedral:

David Cooke (39) grew up in a church-going family in both Scotland and England. His interest in the Church was awakened while he was at University studying geography. After university he embarked on a career in business and became involved in the church. He worked in international sales and marketing, including a three year spell in Russia. In his early thirties he began to explore the possibility of ordination and has been training at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He will serve his title at Richmond, Holy Trinity. He is passionate about the local church and all the potential God has set within it for the world, and is very excited about all that ministry holds.

Jane Cresswell (47) read Modern Languages at the University of Bristol and has worked for the Home Office for the last 20 years, most recently in the areas of diversity management and the investigation of bullying, harassment and discrimination complaints. Jane has been a licensed Reader in the Diocese since 1991, helping to select and train new Readers as well as serving in her own parish of Sanderstead. She has four children, and enjoys singing and hand bell ringing with a team. She will serve her title in the Sutton Team Ministry, having trained with SEITE.

Louise Ellis (28) moved to Sanderstead when she was 11, living there until she went to study Theology and social sciences in York. Soon after graduating Louise married Nick (who she met at Venture Scouts when she was 14) and they have two children. Since then she has completed a Mth in pastoral theology and has spent three years as a church based youth worker. Louise enjoys outdoor pursuits and is involved in both the Guide and Scouting movements. She also enjoys the cinema and dining with family and friends. She will serve her title at Addiscombe, St Mary.

Luke Anthony Ijaz (30) was born and raised in west London. He became a Christian while studying in central London and spent three years working at All Souls, Langham Place. He studied at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and is looking forward to the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead. Luke is married to Smaragda, who works in HR. He enjoys travel, walking in remote places, and reading widely. He also likes running sometimes - and plays badminton for fun. Luke will serve his title at Wallington, Holy Trinity.

Sheridan James (36) was born in Manchester and grew up in Wales but has lived in south London for the last 9 years. She has a degree in English and French from Aberystwyth; has taught English on the outskirts of Paris, is a qualified French teacher and holds an MPhil in contemporary Welsh literature. She has worked in publishing for 13 years most recently as marketing manager for Church House Publishing. Sheridan is a keen musician and has sung and played guitar, harmonica and percussion in numerous groups. She currently helps to run Streatham Voices, a community choir who sing everything from gospel to Britney Spears. Sheridan has just finished her training at SEITE, and is looking forward to beginning her ministry in the Catford and Downham Team Ministry.

Charlie Newcombe (31) grew up in Kingston on Thames so, in serving his title at Wimbledon, Emmanuel, he is returning to his roots. He studied geology, then worked for 5 years in Christian youth work before training for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. Charlie started working at Emmanuel Church in a lay capacity two years ago, and has enjoyed the varied work. Spare time is spent cycling around Richmond Park, teaching his twin nephews how to stay out of trouble, and occasionally exploring Scotland.

Although Nicholas Peacock (31) was born in Lancaster and is proud of his northern roots, he grew up in south-west London. After studying at Cambridge, Nicholas embarked on an eventful five years career in business, culminating in working for L'Oral, managing their business with Sainsbury's. Amongst other things, Nicholas enjoys art exhibitions, cinema, walking and travelling. He has been married to Lizzy, whom he met at university, since 2003. They are expecting their first child in August and Nicholas will serve his title at Clapham, Christ Church & St John the Evangelist.

Christopher Thomson (36) reckons that he is one of those infuriating people who have had a 'Road to Damascus' experience, first becoming convinced that he was called to the Priesthood at the age of 21. He was admitted as a Reader in 1998 which he says didn't make the interview process any easier nor free from anxiety, but he got through selection and trained at Westcott House, Cambridge. He is eager to put the essays behind him and begin his curacy at Bletchingley & Nutfield. He says his biggest prayer is that he'll be able to do a decent job.

M Kathryn Twining (47) trained at Westcott House, Cambridge. During her time as an ordinand she was Chaplain's Assistant at Robinson College, Cambridge and was also one of a team of artists who created 'Wilderness', an exhibition of interactive installations for meditation and reflection. Past installation artwork includes the development and execution of projects for children in the parish setting. Kathryn is a classical pianist and a Member of The Incorporated Society of Musicians.

Andrew Watson (49) was born in Leicester where he grew up and went to school, and later trained as a civil engineering technician. For a number of years he had his own small construction business and prior to training for ordination at St John's College, Nottingham, he was maintenance manager for a charity for the homeless in central London. Having been thinking about the priesthood for longer than he cares to recall, Andrew is now excited to begin his ministry at Kennington, St John the Divine. His interests include keeping fit, listening to music, the theatre and having fun. Andrew has two teenage children who help to keep him young!

Those to be ordained Priest at Croydon, Balham Hill or Perry Hill

James Ashton (32) trained at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and serves full-time with the Horley Team Ministry. James enjoys football and racquet sports. He is married to Gail and they have two small children.

Pamela Daniel (54) serves full-time at St Mark's, Kennington after training at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. She enjoys meeting people of different nations, cultures, class backgrounds and ages, and looks forward to the challenges, rewards and satisfaction of working in a sociologically diverse community. Pamela has a teachable spirit and is open to learning new things that bring joy to God. Her interests are badminton, international cookery, and theatre.

Nigel Dawkins (35) was formerly an IT consultant. He trained at Westcott House and serves full-time at St. Mary's, Caterham. Last year Nigel spent two months in Egypt on a Muslim-Christian exchange at Al-Azhar University in Cairo. He is interested in interfaith dialogue and apologetics.

Michelle Edmonds (37) serves full-time at St Matthew's, Croydon. Formerly a District Nurse, she trained at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. Michelle's interests include Lee Abbey Camp (for 16 to 25 year olds), and she enjoys playing the guitar and singing.

Caroline Glass (49) serves full-time at Holy Trinity, Redhill. An ex-teacher, she trained at Trinity College, Bristol. Caroline's interests include travel, theatre and singing.

Benjamin Goodyear (31) trained at Ridley Hall, Cambridge and serves full-time at The Ascension, Balham Hill. He is married to Rachel and they have two young children. Benjamin's interests are football and playing guitar.

Andrew Moughtin-Mumby (28) was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and has lived in England since 1979, holding both UK and Jamaican nationality. He trained at Westcott House in Cambridge and serves full-time at St Christopher's Walworth. Music is an important part of Andrew's life, and he also enjoys film. He has recently married Sharon.

Sharon Moughtin-Mumby (31) was born in Durham, and is the daughter of a priest. While doing research at Oxford, she taught people who were preparing for ordination before becoming one herself. Sharon and Andrew met as students at Westcott House in Cambridge, and they married last year. Sharon writes poetry, reads and runs, while she and Andrew share a love of music. She serves full-time at St Peter's, Walworth.

Robert Stanier (32) used to be a Strategic Consultant. He trained at Westcott House, Cambridge, and serves full-time at St George with Christ Church & St Paul, Perry Hill. Robert married Madelaine in August last year. He enjoys watching TV, cricket, sixties pop music and ancient history.


(Pictures will be available after the Ordination services)