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Ordination of Priests in the Diocese of Southwark

8 months, 3 weeks ago

On Saturday 7 July at 11am fourteen 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 Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, at Redhill, St John the Evangelist.

Mark Anderson                     Oxted Team Ministry

Stephen Srikantha               Redhill, St John the Evangelist


The following are to be ordained Priest by the Bishop of Kingston, the Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, at Kingston upon Thames, All Saints.

Robert Faulkner                   Clapham, Christ Church & St John the Evangelist

Yunghee Koh                       Wimbledon Team Ministry

Nicholas Smith                     Tulse Hill, Holy Trinity & St Matthias

Nicholas Wooldridge             Battersea Rise, St Mark


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

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

John Carruthers                   Newington, St Paul

Daphne Clifton                    Lee, St Mildred

Lindiwe Maseko                   Ravensbourne Team Ministry

Steffan Mathias                    Lewisham, St Mary the Virgin

Heather Peters                    Herne Hill

Sarah Simpson                     Lee, The Good Shepherd w St Peter

Andrew Woodward-Russell    East Greenwich Team Ministry


On Saturday 14 July at 11am Philip Kennedy is to be ordained Priest by the Bishop of Fulham, the Rt Revd Jonathan Baker at Croydon, St Michael & All Angels w St James.

On Saturday 14 July at 4pm Andrew Fenton is to be ordained Priest by the Bishop of Southwark,
the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, assisted by the Bishop of Maidstone, the Rt Revd Roderick Thomas, at Wandsworth, Holy Trinity.

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:

MARK ANDERSON 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.

PHILIP KENNEDY 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.

STEPHEN SRIKANTHA was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He has lived in the UK since the age of twelve. Following his father’s death, he worked briefly as a sub-postmaster whilst studying at University College London Medical School. Having been born in a Hindu family, Stephen was baptised when he was 21. He left medical school soon after to study theology at King’s College London, completing a PhD. He undertook an overseas placement in Cape Town whilst training for the priesthood at Westcott House, Cambridge. He enjoys watching cricket, cooking and following crime dramas.

Those to be ordained Priest in the Kingston Area:

ROBERT FAULKNER 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.

ANDREW (ANDY) FENTON was born in Exeter in Devon but moved to Sheffield in South Yorkshire when he was 6. After his first degree he was a teacher at a couple of private/boarding schools in Leeds and York. In 2000 he moved back down to the south to study at Oak Hill theological college and has been serving in local churches in the south west of London since 2003. He is married with two boys. Andy is a keen sportsman and loves to run, swim and cycle in his spare time; he also leads music at various Christian conferences and trains up musicians to serve in local churches around the UK.


YUNGHEE KOH 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.

NICHOLAS (NICK) SMITH 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.

NICHOLAS (NICK) WOOLDRIDGE was born and brought up in Australia. Having obtained a bachelor’s degree in education in Canberra he moved to London to teach in primary schools. 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.

Those to be ordained Priest in the Woolwich Area:

DAVID ADAMSON 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.

JOHN CARRUTHERS 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 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, Blackheath has been home to Daphne since 1980. As a Self Supporting Minister, life continues to be full of variety as she settles in with her new family at St Mildred’s, continues her performance coaching business, and acts as a business mentor and Associate Speaker for The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. One who lives life to the full, Daphne relaxes whilst watching cricket and playing hockey - a sport she enjoys with her adult son.

LINDIWE MASEKO 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 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 trained for ordination at The College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, and enjoys The Smiths, cooking, politics, and the pub.

HEATHER PETERS 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 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!)

ANDREW WOODWARD-RUSSELL was born in San Fernando, Trinidad and brought up in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. He studied for a degree in Development studies and then Youth and Community Work while working in Halifax. Andrew is passionate about mission in deprived neighbourhoods and the world church. He was a USPG Mission Companion in Tanzania for three years supporting youth development projects and more recently in South London based at an adventure playground. Andrew is married with one young daughter and enjoys culinary hospitality and walking in the countryside.