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Ordination of Priests in the Diocese of Southwark

10 months ago


On Saturday 24th June at 11am seventeen people are to be ordained to the Priesthood having served as a Deacon during the past year. They will each continue to serve their curacy in the parish indicated.

The following are to be ordained Priest by the Bishop of Croydon, the Rt Revd Jonathan Clark,  at the Croydon Minster.

The Revd Helen Burnett

Whyteleafe,St Luke & Chaldon, St Peter & St Paul in the Caterham Team Ministry

The Revd Peter Churcher

West Wickham, St John

The Revd Helen Cook

Redhill, St Matthew

The Revd Alison Elson

Chipstead, St Margaret

The Revd Sebastian Harries

Lingfield, St Peter and St Paul & Dormansland, St John United Benefice

The Revd Robert Kenyon

Brockham Green, Christ Church &
Leigh, St Bartholomew

The Revd Anna Moore   

Reigate, St Mark

The Revd Jane Petrie

Wallington, Springfield

The Revd Daniel Trott

Upper Norwood, St John the Evangelist

The following are to be ordained Priest by the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, at Kingston Upon Thames, All Saints. 

The Revd Gareth Davis

Mortlake & East Sheen Team Ministry

The Revd Martin Davy

Morden Team Ministry

The Revd Benjamin Graham

Wandsworth, All Saints w Holy Trinity

The Revd Helen Harknett

Clapham,Holy Spirit

The Revd Jenny Morgans

North Lambeth Team Ministry


The following are to be ordained by the Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Dr Woyin Karowei Dorgu, at Walworth, St Peter.

The Revd Simon Aston

Kidbrooke, St James

The Revd Samuel Hole

Southwark, St George the Martyr w
St Alphege & St Jude

The Revd Michael Robinson

Walworth, St Peter

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


Those to be ordained Priest in the Croydon Area:

HELEN BURNETT (58) originally trained as a teacher and has taught in a number of settings before downsizing her classroom to a very small scale and joining with other families to home educate her four boys. She completed her theological training with St Augustine’s College of Theology (formerly SEITE). Alongside her part time curacy, she continues as a Woodcraft Folk Leader, is passionate about issues relating to the current refugee crisis and loves working with locally resettled families from Syria. When the opportunity arises, her instinct is to journey north to the hills and mountains of the Lake District and Scotland.

PETER CHURCHER (30) was born in Dorset and read Religious and Theological Studies at Cardiff University. He worked as a Lay Assistant Minister at St Peter's Church, Woodmansterne before moving to Nottingham, where he trained at St John's School of Mission. He is married and they have four children. He is passionate about Japan, and has been there on short-term mission twice. He also enjoys playing the ukulele and reading.

HELEN COOK (54) was born in Larne, Northern Ireland and brought up in South Africa and Scotland. She has worked in the building industry all her adult life, first as an investment surveyor in the City and lately as a site manager and trainer for a large company dealing with retirement developments.  Helen is married and has two children and in her spare time likes going to the cinema and theatre, and seeing friends.

ALISON ELSON (51) has lived in Reigate all her life.  She studied Primary Education with Religious Studies in Canterbury and has taught in various local schools.  Alison has played an active role in her local community being a school governor and leading a group for girls aged 6-19.  She is married with one daughter and in her spare time she enjoys gardening, visiting gardens and places of historic interest as well as bell ringing.

SEBASTIAN HARRIES (31) was brought up in Oxford and attended St Peter’s Church in the village of Wolvercote. Upon leaving secondary school he spent a year working for Oxfordshire County Music Service before going on to read Music at the University of Manchester.  Whilst recovering from illness he gained an interest in theraputic practice, mindfulness meditation, and contemplative spirituality. Following university, Sebastian spent time living with different religious communities, including the Anglican Benedictines at Mucknell Abbey and the Iona Community on the Isle of Iona. Sebastian’s interests predominantly involve music and drama. He plays percussion and is a keen singer. Sebastian loves being in the great outdoors, particularly cycling and hiking.  

ROBERT KENYON (64) was born and brought up in Weybridge, Surrey. Coming to London to study he gained a BSc (Hons) and PhD degrees in Chemistry from Kings College London. After working for several years  in R & D for a major pharmaceutical company Rob went onto an international career in the pharmaceutical  supply industry ending up as the project director for new antibiotics within a Scandinavian pharmaceutical company in Norway. Rob is married with three sons, a dog and a parrot. When not working in the parishes Rob enjoys any one of a number of pastimes such as rowing with friends in a "Masters" 8 on the river Thames at his local rowing club, or walking the dog or watching his sons play sport for their schools. 

ANNA MOORE (40) was born and raised in London. Married with three daughters, she worked for Lloyds Bank and gained a CEMAP qualification as a mortgage adviser. She has a degree in Theology. Her hobbies include gardening, taking long country walks with her dog and spending quality time with close family and friends. 

JANE PETRIE (31) was born and brought up in south London, and read History at Oxford. She spent a number of years working in marketing for a publishing house, before becoming pastoral assistant at a church in London. She enjoys walks in interesting scenery, art and craft, drawing cartoons, and spending time with friends over dinner or drinks. 

DANIEL TROTT (32) was born in 1984 in Brighton and was brought up a Baptist. After enjoying languages at school, he went to Oxford to study Japanese, where he also sang in his college choir and became an Anglican. He began to discern a vocation to the priesthood towards the end of his undergraduate studies, but continued a little longer in academia, obtaining a Masters and a Doctorate in Linguistics. In 2013 he was sent from the parish of St Mary Magdalen, Oxford, to train at Westcott House, Cambridge, and a year ago he was ordained Deacon and has been serving his title in the parish of St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood, where he enjoys participating in its catholic worship, its rich musical life, and its engagement with the community. 

Those to be ordained Priest in the Kingston Area: 

GARETH DAVIES (56) was born and brought up in Tredegar, and came to London to study.  He gained a degree in Accounting & Finance from the LSE, and went on to work for a number of lenders and, most recently, an insolvency regulator.  Investigating a mid-career change Gareth nursed at a forensic mental health unit while studying for a legal qualification.  Gareth enjoys walking,Welsh landscapes, the prayerfulness of North Norfolk, and the beauty of European cities.  When he’s not working he likes to relax with friends and family, sample ales, and escape to the coast.      

MARTIN DAVY (35) was born and brought up in Nottingham before going to university in Hull to read Law. Following his degree he returned to Nottingham where he began working part time for an MP whilst, at the same time, studying for a Masters degree in European Law. He then moved to London to begin working as a researcher and caseworker for Sadiq Khan MP in the Houses of Parliament, where he met his wife and they now have two children. He then spent two years working in charity law before becoming a pastoral assistant at St Nicholas Church in Tooting for four years. Martin enjoys music, especially playing the piano and singing. He also enjoys sailing, Formula One, tennis and holidaying in France. 

BENJAMIN GRAHAM (31) is originally from sunny Bournemouth, and studied Physiotherapy at Oxford Brookes University. After gaining his degree he decided on a church apprenticeship intending to do church work for a year. One year turned into several and after encouragement he pursued ordination. Ben is married and has two young sons, with whom he enjoys playing football. Ben loves playing a variety of sports of which hockey is his favourite. 

HELEN HARKNETT (38) was born and brought up in Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, leaving to attend Christ College, Brecon to study for A levels. She went on to gain a degree in Politics from Loughborough University, before working in sales and then management for two engineering companies, both in London. Helen is married and they have two young children. She writes songs and poems and ‘plays’ the guitar. Helen has always been passionate about sport, most recently netball, but admits that, these days, her free time is most happily spent catching up with friends over a good meal. 

JENNY MORGANS (32) was born in the South Wales valleys and lived there until she moved to Birmingham to attend university.  She completed a Masters degree in Edinburgh, and worked at a university chaplaincy in Sheffield, before returning to Birmingham for her ministerial training at the Queen's Foundation.  Jenny is writing a PhD on the faith and identity journeys of young Christian women at university.  She is married and they have a fat black cat.  

Those to be ordained Priest in the Woolwich Area:

SIMON ASTON (60) was born in Shropshire, and spent most of his early years in the neighbouring county of Cheshire. Despite his dyslexia he has gained degrees in Psychology, and Law. Although called to the bar, he has spent most of his professional life teaching, including more than twenty years in the same inner London Secondary school. He likes listening to jazz and choral music, enjoys reading, particularly philosophy and history, walking amid mountains, whatever the weather, and along wide open wind-swept beaches on stormy days. 

SAMUEL HOLE (32) grew up in Dulwich. Following a degree in History he trained as a history teacher, and taught in London secondary schools for five years. He has a PhD in Theology on the themes of desire and selfhood in the writings of sixteenth-century Spanish friar John of the Cross. In his spare time he enjoys hill-walking, cycling, cookery and the theatre. 

MICHAEL ROBINSON (30) was born and brought up in ‘God’s Own County’ (Yorkshire). He read history at Magdalene College, Cambridge, before joining the Civil Service to work on Youth Justice Policy at the Ministry of Justice. Prior to ordination training he worked as a Parliamentary Researcher at the House of Commons. He is married and has a baby daughter. He is interested in books, beer and current affairs and he is a lifelong fan of Coronation Street.