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Ordination of Deacons in the Diocese of Southwark

11 months, 3 weeks ago

The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, will ordain thirteen people as Deacons to serve in the Diocese of Southwark on Saturday 1st July at 11am at Southwark Cathedral. They will each serve their curacy in the parish indicated.

David Adamson

Southwark, St George the Martyr w St Alphege & St Jude; Bermondsey, St Hugh (Conventional District) & Southwark, Cathedral Church of St Saviour & St Mary Overy

Mark Anderson

Oxted Team Ministry

John Carruthers

Newington, St Paul

Daphne Clifton

Lee, St Mildred

Robert Faulkner

Clapham, Christ Church & St John the Evangelist

Philip Kennedy

Croydon, St Michael & All Angels w St James

Yunghee Koh

Wimbledon Team Ministry

Lindiwe Maseko

Ravensbourne Team Ministry

Steffan Mathias

Lewisham, St Mary the Virgin

Heather Peters

Brixton, St Paul w St Saviour

Sarah Simpson

Lee, The Good Shepherd w St Peter

Nicholas Smith

Tulse Hill, Holy Trinity & St Matthias

Nicholas Wooldridge

Battersea Rise, St Mark

Note: Some of these Deacons will serve in stipendiary ministry which means they receive the equivalent of a salary and some will be unpaid for their work as priests. 


DAVID ADAMSON (25) was born and brought up in Richmond, and went to school in Hammersmith where he became very interested in learning how things were made. Because of this interest he decided not to go to university, but to undertake an apprenticeship for three years with Rolls Royce in Derby. It was during this time he felt the call to ordination. David enjoys being outdoors, particularly around the sea, as well as enjoying reading. If the two can be combined with some sunshine, then he is all the more happy.

MARK ANDERSON (44) was born in London and trained for ordination at St Mellitus College. Married with two young daughters he has worked in finance, as a secondary school teacher and most recently managed 'Kick London' (Youth for Christ), a charity using sport and mentoring to transform young people's lives with God's love. Mark is passionate about people fulfilling their God given potential, using their gifts in the life of the church. He loves to watch rugby, especially Harlequins.

JOHN CARRUTHERS (48) was born in South Africa where he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters in Business Administration, before moving to London. John has been working in the banking industry and is married to Claire, an educational psychologist. John loves reading to his twins, walking in the countryside and wandering aimlessly around the streets of London. 

DAPHNE CLIFTON was born and brought up in the West Country, although Blackheath has been her home since 1980. As a Self Supporting Minister she will continue to run her performance coaching business, as well as being an Associate Speaker for The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. Daphne lives life to the full and relaxes whilst watching cricket and playing hockey, a sport she enjoys with her adult son James.

ROBERT FAULKNER (58) was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in a small village called Wilberforce. Although born in West Africa, Robert has spent most of his adult life here in the United Kingdom. Before embarking on his training for ordination at Ripon College, Oxford, he worked as a chartered management accountant. He has over 25 years’ experience of working in the field of accountancy and financial management. Robert is married with three children. He enjoys cooking and loves to explore new places and takes an interest in discovering new cultures and traditions. He is also a loyal Liverpool football club supporter.

PHILIP KENNEDY (26) was born and brought up in Northern Ireland and upon leaving school he spent four years in East Anglia – first as a gap-year choral scholar in the choir of Norwich Cathedral, then as a student in Cambridge, where he read Music at Gonville and Caius College and held a choral scholarship. He spent a year working in three parishes in North London as a pastoral assistant, with a particular focus on ministry to the homeless and to local schools, before training for ordination at St Stephen’s House, Oxford. He is a keen musician and linguist.

YUNGHEE KOH (48) was born and brought up in Jeju, South Korea. Her first degree is in Economics which she obtained in South Korea. She spent 4 years in Japan and studied a diploma course in Computer Graphics there before she came to London in 1995. After coming to England, Yunghee studied Children’s Literature and obtained an MA degree as well as a Post Graduate diploma in Education. Yunghee became a Reader in 2012 and worked full-time in the city as an accounts clerk until 2015. She is married and has two daughters. She enjoys reading books and listening to music. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family whether it is going out to the park or going to the cinema to relax.

LINDIWE MASEKO (44) was born in Zimbabwe and has lived in the UK since 2001. She studied theology, holds an MA in Religion and Human Rights and has recently completed a Masters in Applied Theology as part of her training for ordination. In the past she worked at St Peter's Battersea and also for Tearfund, a Christian International Development agency, where she was part of a team that empowered communities affected by poverty to lift themselves out of material and spiritual poverty. She enjoys reading, running, walking, sports, knitting and crocheting.

STEFFAN MATHIAS (30) hails from south Wales, but moved to London in 2005. After an initial BA in Theology, and varied employments as a washer-upper, nanny, cleaner, barista, and admin assistant, Steffan undertook a MA and PhD in Biblical Studies at King’s College London, where he had the opportunity to teach, before working as a pastoral assistant at St John the Divine, Kennington to discern his vocation.  Steffan has spent the last two years at The College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, and enjoys The Smiths, cooking, politics, and the pub.

HEATHER PETERS (54) was born and brought up in Crystal Palace, South London. She worked for Lloyds Bank for twenty years. She is married with two children. Following the birth of her second child she joined a Christian charity and works with them visiting primary schools in Lambeth. She enjoys reading and a variety of crafts.

SARAH SIMPSON (36) was born in Leiderdorp, The Netherlands and lived in a number of different places growing up including The Hague, Boston (USA), Essex and London.  Her first degree in Philosophy was followed by a PGCE in Secondary Education Religious Studies. She taught until becoming a full time mother, during which time she also trained as a Licensed Lay Minister; and was Chairman of the Board of a children’s charity. Sarah is married with three children and enjoys reading, films, photography and fine wine (particularly champagne when on offer!)

NICHOLAS (NICK) SMITH (29) was born and brought up in Hertfordshire, and studied English and Politics at the University of York. He went on to work in international development and the charity sector, and has worked for churches and charitable organisations in England, Malawi, Australia, and the US. He enjoys football and tennis, and has cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Other favourite pursuits include hiking and reading. He is engaged to be married in spring of next year.

NICHOLAS (NICK) WOOLDRIDGE (34) was born and brought up in Australia. Having obtained a bachelor’s degree in education in Canberra he moved to London to teach primary school. He stopped primary teaching to work as a pastoral assistant and study Bible teaching before moving to Oxford for ordination training. Nicholas enjoys reading novels and drinking good coffee, preferably at the same time. Other pastimes include cooking for friends, the theatre and the cinema.