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Michaelmas Ordinations in Southwark (Priests)

17 Sept 2007

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The following are to be ordained to the priesthood by the Bishop of Southwark, The Rt Rev. Dr Thomas Butler, on Sunday 23 September 2007 at 11am at Southwark Cathedral:

  • The Rev Olushola Aoko - St Mary Magdalen w St Olave, St John & St Luke, Bermondsey (Stipendiary)
  • The Rev David Billin - All Saints, Carshalton (NSM)
  • The Rev June Boyce-Tillman - St Paul, Streatham (Furzedown) (NSM)
  • The Rev Susan Clarke - St James, West Streatham (NSM)
  • The Rev Anita Cook CSC - St Michael's Convent, Ham (NSM)
  • The Rev Ola Crown - St John, Walworth (NSM)
  • The Rev Andrew Dovey - St John the Divine, Selsdon (NSM)
  • The Rev Alison Healy - Christ Church, Shooters Hill (NSM)
  • The Rev Ross Hutchison - St Mary, Newington (NSM)
  • The Rev Richard Jones - Holy Trinity & St Peter, Clapham (NSM)
  • The Rev Barbara Kingston - The Good Shepherd w St Peter, Lee (NSM)
  • The Rev Stuart Leck - St Saviour, Brockley Hill (NSM)
  • The Rev Teresa Munro - St Andrew, Coulsdon (NSM)
  • The Rev John Ohen - St James, Clapham (NSM)
  • The Rev Carol Rowles - Christ Church w St Philip, Worcester Park (NSM)
  • The Rev Diana Thornton - Holy Trinity & St Peter, South Wimbledon (stipendiary)
  • The Rev Susan Wheeler-Kiley - St Mark, South Norwood (NSM)

The following is to be ordained to the priesthood by the Bishop of Southwark, The Rt Rev. Dr Thomas Butler, on Sunday 23 September 2007 at 5pm at St Saviour, Raynes Park:

  • The Rev Christopher Noke - St Saviour, Raynes Park & All Saints, South Wimbledon (NSM)

Note: Stipendiary means they receive the equivalent of a salary and NSM means Non-stipendiary Minister (i.e. they are unpaid for their work as priests).

Short Biographies follow..

Shola Aoko, 51, is married to Matthew, who is a civil engineer and a Pentecostal minister. They have three adult children. Shola grew up in the suburbs of Lagos, Nigeria, and came to the UK in 1977. She enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.
St Mary Magdalen w. St Olave, St John & St Luke, Bermondsey (Stipendiary)

David Billin, 52, is a railway engineering consultant. He is married to Lynn who is also a priest. Music is an important part of David's life: he has played guitar and electric bass in church, accordion in a barn dance band and double bass in an orchestra. He is interested in photography, wildlife and model railways and enjoys walking holidays in the UK.
All Saints Carshalton (NSM)

June Boyce-Tillman, 64, has taught in primary and secondary schools in South London and is now Professor of Applied Music at the University of Winchester. She has worshipped at St Paul's Furzedown for some 25 years. For many of these she sang in the choir and ran the junior choir and Sunday School. She is a composer, writing a variety of music, including hymns and anthems which have been widely sung in the UK and the English speaking world. A collection of 150 of these, 'A Rainbow to Heaven', many of them written for international liturgical events, was published in July 2006. She is a liberation theologian with a deep belief in the transformative power of worship. She enjoys dancing, reading, walking, swimming and attending concerts and theatre. She has two grown-up sons and one grand-daughter.
St Paul, Streatham (Furzedown) (NSM)

Susan (Sue) Clarke, 57, was born near Manchester. She came to London as a medical student and is now a Consultant in Nuclear medicine at Guy's Hospital. Sue has two grown-up daughters. She enjoys travel, music and the company of friends.
St James, West Streatham (NSM)

Sister Anita Cook C.S.C., 62, is leader of the Community of the Sisters of the Church and Provincial of the UK Province. She is based at St Michael's Convent which is in the parish of St Andrew's, Ham, where she will also be working. Anita's interests are the theatre, reading and horse riding.
St Michael's Convent, Ham (NSM)

Ola Crown, 60, was born and educated in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Ola travelled to London with his wife, Elizabeth, and three children when civil war broke out in Sierra Leone. The family were warmly welcomed at St John Walworth. Ola is co-founder and president of the Afro-Caribbean group at the church.
St John, Walworth (NSM)

Andrew Dovey, 47, works as a Senior Procurement Manager. He enjoys running in marathons and has completed nine to date. Andrew is married to Karen, and they have two children.
St John the Divine & St Francis, Selsdon (NSM)

Alison Healy, 48, works as a counsellor and dance therapist in secondary school. She enjoys ballet and dance, and is also a season ticket holder for Charlton Athletic Football Club. Her father and twin brother are both priests.
Christ Church, Shooters Hill (NSM)

Ross Hutchison, 46, was Canadian-born but moved as a child to the family's native Scotland (Ross' surname is spelt the Scots way, '...ison' not '...inson'). His career has taken him from the Civil Service to the accountants KPMG, where he is currently Head of Internal Communication. Ross is a pianist and enjoys poetry and fiction, as well as opportunities to cook for friends.
St Mary, Newington (NSM)

Richard Jones, 54, works for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the Diplomatic Service. He has a particular interest in Japan and collects modern Japanese prints and pottery. His other interests include classical music, swimming and holidays in Spain.
Holy Trinity & St Peter, Clapham (NSM)

Barbara Kingston, 62, is widowed with a married son. She has a special interest in the Ministry of Healing. Both she and her late husband were trustees of Crowhurst Christian Healing Centre and Barbara has some involvement with Burrswood Christian Hospital and healing centre. She is a retired nursery/infant teacher and continues to work with children in the parish. She belongs to a walking group and loves travelling, music, gardening and reading.
The Good Shepherd w. St Peter, Lee (NSM)

Stuart Leck, 45, is an agency services manager for In Touch which provides supported housing. He enjoys watching sport and is interested in aviation history.
St Saviour, Brockley Hill (NSM)

Teresa Munro, 55, was born in Wimbledon. She is Head of Drama at Hayling Manor School, and has extensive experience of work with young people as a volunteer. Teresa has adult twin sons. Spare hours, though rare, she spends at theatre or cinema, eating out or walking the family dog.
St Andrew, Coulsdon (NSM)

Christopher Noke, 59, is a Senior University Lecturer in Accounting. In his spare time, Christopher enjoys the theatre and pottering around the garden.
St Saviour, Raynes Park & All Saints, South Wimbledon (NSM)

John Ohen, 65, spent his early childhood in mid-western Nigeria. He is married with four daughters and two foster children. He worked for a local authority for 20 years as a social worker and now works for a voluntary organisation for London homeless. His hobbies include travelling, reading and music. Prior to being ordained he was licensed as a Reader.
St James, Clapham (NSM)

Carol Rowles, 56, works part-time in a school. When not teaching, or involved at church, Carol enjoys shopping with friends or spending time in the garden. She is a member of the National Trust and the Tate Gallery.
Christchurch w. St Philip, Worcester Park (NSM)

Diana Thornton, 42, worked as a music therapist in psychiatric hospitals and special schools before she became a full-time mother, bringing up three children. Her interests include music, walking and gardening.
Holy Trinity & St Peter, South Wimbledon (Stipendiary)

Susan Elizabeth Wheeler-Kiley, 60, She has a particular interest in the areas of mental health, homelessness and disability. Sue is married to Fred and she enjoys attending steam fairs with him. Other interests include gardening and reading. Sue is a trustee of Keyring, a national charity providing support networks for people with learning difficulties, and is a committee member of the guild of Church Braillists.
St Mark, South Norwood (NSM)