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New Honorary Canons and Honorary Lay Canons at Southwark Cathedral

The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, has appointed six new Honorary Canons and three new Honorary Lay Canons for Southwark Cathedral. They are:

The Revd Phil Andrew - Vicar of St Mary Magdalene, Reigate

The Revd Carol Coslett - Rector of Betchworth & Buckland (United Benefice)

The Revd Angela Gbebikan - Vicar of South Beddington & Roundshaw

The Revd Darren Miller - Team Rector of Cheam Team Ministry

The Revd Howard Such - Warden, College of St Barnabas

The Revd Duncan Swan - Team Rector of Caterham Team Ministry

 Mrs Anne Love - Secretary, Southwark Diocesan Mothers’ Union   

Ms Ruth Martin - Diocesan Secretary, Diocese of Southwark & Reader, Richmond Team Ministry    

Mr Colin Powell - Diocesan Director of Education

The new Honorary Canons and Honorary Lay Canons will be installed atSouthwark Cathedral during Choral Evensong at 3pm on Sunday 18 September 2016. The Revd Phil Andrew, who will be on sabbatical in September, will be installed at Choral Evensong at 5.30pm on Monday 27 June. At the same service in June the Revd Joshua Rey, Chaplain to the Bishop of Southwark, will be appointed as an Honorary Minor Canon.

Bishop Christopher says, ‘Bishop Christopher says, ‘I am delighted to be able to appoint these new Honorary Canons and Honorary Lay Canons in recognition of their distinguished service. I am grateful that they are willing to bring their gifts and skills to help to promote the work of the Cathedral and strengthen partnerships more widely in the Diocese. They will be valuable additions to the College of Canons of the Cathedral’

The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark, commenting on the appointments said, ‘The Chapter is grateful for the work that our Canons undertake as ambassadors for the Cathedral and we welcome the appointment of these new Canons and very much look forward to working with them.’

Short Biographies

The Revd Phil Andrew 
Has been Vicar of St Mary’s Church in Reigate since 2006 when he joinedSouthwark Diocese from Oxford Diocese. He is a member of Diocesan Synod and the Diocesan Council of Trustees as well as the Diocesan Theological Conversations Group. He trained for ordination at St John’s College Nottingham and he and his wife Sue have three grown up sons, one of whom works in the Church of England’s parliamentary affairs unit. Commenting on his appointment Phil says, ‘I am both surprised and delighted by the honour and look forward to continuing to serve the Diocese and the Cathedral in seeking to unite around our common mission of sharing the Good News of the Gospel’.

The Revd Carol Coslett 
Has served the Diocese in the Benefice of Betchworth and Buckland in ReigateDeanery, since 2007. She has also supported the Faith in the Countryside initiative and provided a link for the more rural geographical area of the Diocese. Carol trained for ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon and served her title post inHorsellWoking in Guildford Diocese. Living just under the foothills of Box Hill she greatly enjoys walking the family’s Jack Russell Dog, Fudge. She is passionate about music and when not in the pulpit has been known to provide the musical descants on clarinet! Carol says, ‘I felt honoured and privileged to receive Bishop Christopher’s invitation and am delighted to accept’.

The Revd Angela Gbebikan 
Has spent all her ministry in Southwark Diocese and has been Vicar of SouthBeddington & Roundshaw since 2007, Area Director of Ordinands and Vocations Adviser for Croydon Episcopal Area since 2012 and Croydon Episcopal Area Bishop’s Adviser for Women’s Ministry since 2013.  Prior to ordination in 2004 she worked for over 20 years in specialist clinical negligence law.  Angela loves gardening, reading and is planning to undertake El Camino (the pilgrims walk) to Santiago de Compostela in 2017. She says that she is currently learning how to walk! Of her appointment she says, ‘I am surprised and honoured to have been appointed as Honorary Canon of my very favourite Cathedral at Southwark, and hope that I will be a good ambassador for the Cathedral in the wider Church’.

The Revd Darren Miller 
Became the first Team Rector of Cheam in 2006 and has been Area Dean of Sutton since 2013. He says that he has now ‘completed the set’ as there are two Sutton deaneries in the Church of England and he has now been Area Dean of both! (The other is Sutton Coldfield). He and his family enjoy walking and family holidays and Darren says that they all endure his love of American football.  Speaking of his appointment Darren says, ‘I am surprised and delighted at thehonour of being an Honorary Canon but it’s not a signal that it’s time to slow down. Instead, I am looking forward to being an ambassador for our Cathedral as part of my new role’.

The Revd Howard Such
Howard returned to the Diocese in 2007 - to serve as Warden of the College of StBarnabas in Lingfield - after 26 years in parish and Cathedral ministry, serving in Canterbury and Sheffield Diocese. He is a Priest Associate of the Holy House atWalsingham and is a member and former Superior of the Society of Retreat Conductors. He has served in bothCanterbury and Sheffield as Diocesan Liturgical Secretary and on their Diocesan Advisory Committees. He has been a member of General Synod and of Sheffield Cathedral’s Fabric Advisory Committee. Among Howard’s interests are music, detective fiction, practical home improvement and malt whisky. Howard says, ‘To be an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral is a not only a personal privilege, but I am sure that the College of St Barnabas will rightly see this as an indication of the importance Bishop Christopher gives to our life here, and the value he places on the ministries of all who live in this community’.

The Revd Duncan Swan 
Came to this Diocese in 2006 as Team Rector of Caterham, becoming Area Dean in 2011, having previously served in the Diocese of St Albans. He is married with two sons. His hobbies include playing hockey, listening to the Archers, following Chelsea, music and quizzing: he has taken part in both University Challenge and Mastermind. Duncan says, ‘I am delighted to be appointed an Honorary Canon. Being in East Surrey our connections to the Cathedral need always to be encouraged and I hope I can contribute to deepening our bonds to our Mother Church. I am currently completing a doctorate on the 16th century Anglican Divine. Richard Hooker. Lancelot Andrews gets a chapter to himself, so being an Honorary Canon where he is buried somehow feels appropriate!’

Anne Love
Has lived in the Diocese of Southwark for most of her life and first attended Southwark Cathedral over 50 years ago as a pupil of St Saviour’s and St Olave’s Grammar School, which held its annual Commemoration services there. She was also confirmed there as an adult. Anne has been the Mothers’ Union Diocesan Secretary for over 25 years, which keeps her in regular contact with the 78 MU branches, and she is now working with her seventh Diocesan President. With help from MU members she has run crèches at the Cathedral during Ordination services for over 15 years and has also arranged refreshments there and is involved with the organisation of the annual MU Diocesan services in the Cathedral. Anne is married with two daughters and five grandchildren, worships at St Luke’s, Eltham Park and has been the MU branch leader there for several years.  Anne says, ‘It was a complete surprise to be offered the appointment of an Honorary Lay Canon of Southwark Cathedral but one that I am very pleased to accept’.

Ruth Martin
Ruth Martin has been Diocesan Secretary in the Diocese of Southwark since January 2015. Prior to this she was Managing Director of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. She has been licensed as a Reader in the Richmond Team Ministry since 2012 where she is also Chair of Governors of Christ’s School, the Church of England Secondary School in the borough, and a Street Pastor. She is also involved in ministry at Christ Church and St John Clapham and is a Trustee of Together Southwark. She says of her appointment, ‘It is a great privilege to be asked to be a Lay Canon of Southwark Cathedral. It is a place that I have known and loved for many years as, in my previous role, I often used to slip in there to pray quietly before important meetings. I feel very fortunate that in my current role I can also attend Morning Prayer there at least weekly. I very much look forward to the opportunity to be more involved with the Cathedral’.  

Colin Powell
'I am delighted to have been invited to be an Honorary Lay Canon at the Cathedral. I have been associated with the Diocese for some 25 years since becoming a Deputy Headteacher in one of our Church Schools. My commitment to Church of England Education as part of the mission of this Diocese is strong. As Diocesan Director of Education and Lay Canon the relationship between our Board and Diocese has been strengthened still further'.