Distinctive Deacons to be Ordained
2 years, 4 months ago
The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, will ordain three Distinctive Deacons to serve in the Diocese of Southwark. The ordination will take place on Saturday 10 December at 11am at St Philip, Norbury. Those to be ordained are:
Capt Terry Drummond CA - Norbury, St Philip
Emmanuel Kormi - Hatcham, St Catherine
Rachele Evie Vernon - West Croydon, Christ Church
Southwark Diocese is committed to encouraging more vocations, both lay and ordained and as part of this commitment a renewed emphasis is being placed on the Distinctive Diaconate.
The ministry of the Distinctive Deacon is one of a life of visible self-giving, often with a particular care for the most vulnerable and marginalised. These first three to be specifically ordained in Southwark Diocese as Distinctive Deacons all already have a ministry which is diaconal in pattern and they will become part of a new Order of Distinctive Deacons.
Bishop Christopher says, ‘I am delighted that three people whose ministries of service I have long been aware of are now to be ordained by me as Distinctive Deacons. Deacons are called to search out those who are oppressed and powerless, reaching into the forgotten corners of the world and our new Distinctive Deacons have been doing this already and will continue to do so in their ministries. They will be a wonderful addition to the work of the Diocese in our parishes and institutions.’
Was born in Scarborough 1950 and grew up there. He trained to be Church Army Evangelist, at the Church Army College in Blackheath, London between 1970 -72 and was admitted and commissioned in December 1972 as the Parish worker at St Matthew’s Leicester. He followed that with work as a counsellor with the homeless based at St Botolph’s, Aldgate (Diocese of London). He then worked for some years in Church Army headquarters before being seconded by the Church Army to work for the Church of England as Deputy Team Leader in Spitalfields, East London in the Department of Trade and Industry Inner Cities Unit. He then had a varied ministry in Southwark Diocese which has included work as an Urban Industrial Missioner; Social Responsivity Adviser; the Bishop of Southwark’s Personal Assistant and Lay Chaplain and as the Bishop of Southwark’s Adviser on Urban and Public Policy until 2015. Terry is currently undertaking PhD research into ‘Urban Mission and Theology after Mission-Shaped-Church’ with the University of Manchester and the Urban Theology Unit, Sheffield.
Has lived in London for most of his life. He is a Senior Assistant Chaplain at Guys & St Thomas Hospital, an Honorary Chaplain at Kings College Hospital, and a Chaplain at the University Hospital Lewisham & Greenwich. He served as a Day Chaplain at Southwark Cathedral until recently and is a member of Southwark Cathedral Council.
He has been a civil servant; the Business and Facilities Manager for the Old St Pancras Team Ministry; mentored young and non economic entrepreneurs as part of the Prince’s Business Trust and has accounting, business management and marketing qualifications, amongst others. He also has a degree in theology (Hospital Chaplaincy) from St Mary’s University College, Twickenham.
His hobbies include quiz programmes, gospel music, reading biographies, old movies, reality TV programmes and recently learning to play the guitar.
Rachele (Evie) Vernon
Is a deaconess from the Diocese of Jamaica, now working as Theological Adviser with USPG, an Anglican Mission Agency. Before this, Evie was Director of the Selly Oak Centre for Mission Studies (SOCMS), in Birmingham, which prepared overseas students for the MA in Mission Studies, and mission personnel for shorter and longer term placements. She worships at Christ Church, West Croydon. Evie has worked with churches and international agencies on issues of mission development, gender, HIV and theologies of liberation. Her favourite activities are knitting and reading and her cat, Queenie, ably assists her in these.