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Petertide Ordinations in Southwark

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 28 June 1999

Tim Linkens, a Lloyds ship surveyor from Brixton, who is the son of a minister in the Presbyterian Church of Ireland, joins two teachers, a banker, three community work professionals and two church workers as candidates for ordination in Southwark Cathedral on Sunday 4 July.

The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Rev Tom Butler, will ordain the six men and three women as deacons at the 11.00 am service, assisted by his three Area Bishops. The Rev Victor Stock, Rector of St Mary-le-Bow in the City of London, will be conducting the retreat beforehand and preaching at the ordination service.

At three further services in different churches of the Diocese on the same day, four women and two men will be ordained as priests. A complete list follows, with biographies afterwards:

To be ordained deacon at Southwark Cathedral:

CROYDON EPISCOPAL AREA

John Birchall (Wycliffe Hall, Oxford) - Curacy: Christ Church, Purley

Johanna Brightwell (Ridley Hall, Cambridge) - Curacy: St John's, Old Coulsdon

Mary Phillips (Ripon College, Cuddesdon) - Curacy: St Mildred's, Addiscombe

Jonathan Westall (Cranmer Hall, Durham) - Curacy: St Peter's, St Helier

KINGSTON EPISCOPAL AREA

Stuart Hallam (Westcott House, Cambridge) - Curacy: St Mary's, Battersea

Timothy (Tim) Mayfield (Ridley Hall, Cambridge) - Curacy: St Mark's, Battersea Rise

WOOLWICH EPISCOPAL AREA

Jacqueline Barry (Ridley Hall, Cambridge) - Curacy: Holy Trinity, Sydenham

Timothy Linkens (Wycliffe Hall, Oxford) - Curacy: St John's, Blackheath

Peter Rouch (Westcott House, Cambridge) - Curacy: St John's, East Dulwich

 

The following are to be ordained priest later on the same day, Sunday 4 July, in the churches shown:

CROYDON EPISCOPAL AREA

By the Rt Rev Wilfred Wood, Bishop of Croydon, at St John's Church, Hurst Green.
Preacher: The Reverend Canon Peter Adams, Vicar of St Mary's, Addington.

David Lawrence Mock - Curacy: The Good Shepherd, Tadworth

Ann Louise Nickson - Curacy: The Sanderstead Team Ministry

Christine Frances Spurway - Curacy: St Andrew's, Coulsdon

KINGSTON EPISCOPAL AREA

By the Rt Rev Peter Price, Bishop of Kingston, at Christ Church, Streatham.
Preacher: Ms Nanette ffrench, Founder of the Manna Society (which provides support for homeless people near London Bridge).

Ailsa Ballantyne Newby - Curacy: Christ Church, Streatham

Luis Mario Rodrigue - Curacy: Christ Church, Battersea

WOOLWICH EPISCOPAL AREA

By the Bishop of Southwark and the Rt Rev Colin Buchanan, Bishop of Woolwich, at St Mary's Church, Newington.
Preacher: The Bishop of Woolwich.

Maria Elizabeth Ann Reeves - Curacy: St Mary's, Newington

 

BIOGRAPHIES OF those to be ordained deacon at Southwark Cathedral:

CROYDON EPISCOPAL AREA

John Birchall, 29, is married to Sarah and they have a son, Samuel, who was born last November. John has a degree in Geography from the University of St Andrews, and before training for ordination at Wycliffe Hall Oxford he was a full-time pastoral assistant at St Mark's, Battersea Rise. He will serve his curacy at Christ Church, Purley.

Johanna Brightwell, 35, is married to Rob, a civil servant who has a senior post in the Treasury. They have a young daughter and son. Johanna has a degree in Mathematics from the University of Bristol, and also a Master's degree in Pastoral Theology from the University of London. Her home parish was St Peter's Brockley, and before training for ordination at Ridley Hall Cambridge she worked as a part-time counsellor while studying for her Master's degree. She will serve her curacy at St John's, Old Coulsdon.

Mary Phillips, 46, has a grown up son and daughter. Her home parish was St Mary's Balham, and before training for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon she was employed by the Wandsworth Community Health Trust as a health care support worker. She will serve her curacy at St Mildred's, Addiscombe.

Jonathan Westall, 32, is married to Rachel: they have two daughters aged two and under. He has a degree in Physics from the University of Nottingham, and before training for ordination taught that subject at Sutton Grammar School (having previously taught for two years at a mission station in Zimbabwe). His home parish in this diocese was All Saints Clapham Park, though he was born and brought up in Cardiff. While training at Cranmer Hall Durham he has read for a degree in Theology. His curacy will be at St Peter's, St Helier.

KINGSTON EPISCOPAL AREA

Stuart Hallam, 33, was born and brought up at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, and has a degree in Community and Youth Studies from St Martin's College, Lancaster. Before training for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge he spent three years as a full-time youth worker at Emmanuel, South Croydon, which was his home parish. He will serve his curacy at St Mary's, Battersea.

Timothy (Tim) Mayfield, 40, has worked in a variety of fields, including being a caretaker and maintenance man at Holy Trinity, Brompton; a pastoral assistant at St Paul's, Onslow Square; and a lay pastor and director of studies at The Ascension, Balham Hill. He has a degree in Theology from Oak Hill College, which he attended as an independent student from 1990 to 1993. He trained for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and during his time there he has also undertaken research for an MPhil degree. His curacy will be at St Mark's, Battersea Rise.

WOOLWICH EPISCOPAL AREA

Jacqueline (Jackie) Barry, 37, was born and brought up in Mauritius. She is bilingual in French and English and has a degree in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Bordeaux. Before training for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, she taught at the Blackheath Bluecoat School, and worshipped at St John's, Blackheath. She will serve her curacy at Holy Trinity, Sydenham.

Timothy (Tim) Linkens, 32, is married to Christina and they have a daughter and son aged three and under. Tim's father was ordained in the Church of Scotland, but ministered for many years in the Presbyterian Church of Ireland, and much of Tim's upbringing was in Belfast. He has a degree in Naval Architecture from the University of Strathclyde, and before training for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford he was employed as a ship surveyor by Lloyds Registry of Shipping. His home parish was St Jude's East Brixton, and he will serve his curacy at St John's, Blackheath.

Peter Rouch, 33, is married to Tracey; they have an infant daughter. He has a degree in Zoology from the University of Oxford, as well as a degree in Theology from the University of Cambridge. Before training for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge he was on the staff of Barclays Bank, and attained a senior post in the head office in the City of London. He will serve his curacy at St John's, East Dulwich.

Biographies of those to be ordained priest AT VARIOUS CHURCHES:

CROYDON EPISCOPAL AREA at St John's Church Hurst Green:

David Mock, 34, is married to Ruth; they have two sons aged three years and under. David is an American citizen who grew up in Oregon and attended university in the State of Washington. In his third year at university he took part in an exchange scheme with a British student at the University of York; it was there that he met Ruth, and it was their decision to marry which led to his settling permanently in this country. Before training for ordination at Trinity College Bristol he was a Direct Marketing Manager with the organisation Save the Children, and he and Ruth worshipped at Emmanuel, South Croydon. He is serving his curacy at The Good Shepherd, Tadworth.

Ann Nickson, 41, read for a degree in Law at the University of Cambridge, and then became a partner in a firm of solicitors in Bromley. For several years she worshipped at St Mark's Kennington, where besides being a Churchwarden she was Lay Chair of the Lambeth Deanery Synod. She spent five years at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, where besides training for ordination she gained a first class honours degree in Theology, and undertook research in the theology and spirituality of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, for which she was awarded a PhD in October 1998. She is serving as Assistant Curate with the The Sanderstead Team Ministry.

Christine Spurway, 45, worked as a diplomat in Zimbabwe where she married a local businessman and had a ten-year old son Daniel. She later returned to this country and worked as a personnel officer in the Department of Trade and Industry, living in Wimbledon and worshipping at St Mary's, Merton. She trained for ordination at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. She is Assistant Curate at St Andrew's, Coulsdon

KINGSTON EPISCOPAL AREA at Christ Church Streatham:

Ailsa Newby, 43, is married to Dick; they have two sons aged fourteen and twelve. She has a degree in Law from the University of Durham, and after spending several years as a solicitor in the City of London she worked as a legal consultant for the organisation 'Justice'. Dick is a freelance political consultant who after the last General Election was made a Life Peer; he holds the Liberal Democrat whip in the House of Lords. She trained for ordination at St Stephen's House, Oxford, and has served her curacy at Christ Church, Streatham.

Luis Rodriguez, 35, was born in Cuba, but the family moved to California when he was a child, and that is where he has spent most of his life. He has a degree in History from the California State University in Los Angeles, and taught for a number of years in the States before coming to this country in 1993 to take up a post at the American Community School in West London. He remains an American citizen, but has settled happily in this country and hopes to live here permanently. He worshipped at St Mary's, Newington before training for ordination at St Stephen's House, Oxford, and has served his curacy at Christ Church, Battersea.

WOOLWICH EPISCOPAL AREA at St Mary's Church Newington:

Maria Reeves, 26, has a degree in Theological Studies from the University of Leeds, and she spent a year as a Chaplain's Assistant at St Christopher's Hospice, Sydenham before training for ordination at St Stephen's House, Oxford. Her home parish before going to theological college was St Philip's Sydenham.

She is Assistant Curate at St Mary's, Newington.

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