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Ordination of Priests in the Diocese of Southwark

On Saturday 2nd July at 11am twenty 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 Holy Trinity, Redhill.

The Revd Aneal Appadoo - Redhill, Holy Trinity

The Revd Jeremy Groombridge - Sanderstead Team Ministry

The Revd Martha Mutikani - Reigate, St Luke

The Revd Douglas Ross - Salfords, Christ The King

The Revd Cécile Schnyder  - Sutton Team Ministry

The Revd Derrick Thompson - South Norwood, Holy Innocents & South Norwood, St Mark

The Revd Alan Wenham - Wallington, Holy Trinity

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

The Revd Anne Cocking - Clapham Common, St Barnabas

The Revd Sarah Dawson - Mitcham, St Barnabas

The Revd Laura Selman - Surbiton, St Andrew w St Mark

The Revd Mark Thomas -  Battersea Rise,St Mark

The Revd Samuel Whittington - Gipsy Hill, Christ Church

The Revd Alexandra Williams - Balham Hill, The Ascension

The following are to be ordained by the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, at Eltham, Holy Trinity.

The Revd Stephen Edmonds - Sydenham, St Bartholomew

The Revd Ross Gunderson - Dulwich, St Barnabas

The Revd Vienna McCarthy - Eltham, Holy Trinity

The Revd Michael David Vyvyan - Camberwell, St Philip & St Mark

The Revd Laura Fawcett, The Revd Katherine Smith and The Revd Dr Nicky vonFraunhofe rwill be ordained by the Bishop of Kingston, the Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham,on 25 September at 10.30am in Putney, St Mary. Theywill continue to serve their curacy in their parishes: Putney Team Ministry; Battersea, St Peter & St Paul and Wandsworth, St Paul, respectively.


Those to be ordained Priest in the Croydon Area:

ANEAL APPADOO (31) was born and raised in Kent, and moved to Surrey when he married.  He has two young children. Aneal trained as a chef, and went on to run a restaurant, lead overseas adventure holidays, and work in recruitment.  He began exploring a call to ordination in 2010, and trained for ministry at Oak Hill College, North London.  Away from his studies, he enjoys playing with his son, teaching his daughter to cook, and relaxing with his wife.  He can often be found at the gym, boxing, and listening to Christian hiphop.

JEREMY GROOMBRIDGE (56) Formerly a Senior Civil Servant in the Department of Work and Pensions, Jeremy served as Private Secretary to two Secretaries of State, following which he led a range of employment policy and welfare reform strategies and latterly served as Director for Jobcentre Plus for the 10 years leading up to his retirement in 2013 after 38 years in the Civil Service. He was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the Queen's Birthday Honours, 2008.  He currently works part-time for the European Commission in Brussels, and is a trustee of the Reedham Childrens Trust. He trained on SEITE (South East Institute for Theological Education). He lives in Purley with his wife, and three sons. They also have two dogs, a cat and a donkey. 

MARTHA MUTIKANI(50) spent her early years in Zimbabwe and South Africa before settling in the UK. She gained a general nursing diploma in Zimbabwe and a diploma in occupational health in South Africa. She came to the UK in 2000 and worked for the NHS and private sectors, she continues to work as an Occupational Health Practitioner for a private company. Martha is married with 3 children, she enjoys dancing, swimming and listening to music.

DOUGLAS ROSS(57) was born in Canada.  He has had a diverse career in executive leadership, theatre production, and military service and is Managing Director of a boutique global consultancy where he specialises in strategic change mostly related to mergers and acquisitions. In addition to reading theology at Christ Church, Canterbury and Trinity, St David’s he holds an MBA, is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants, and is Chairman of Kingston University’s Faculty of Business and Law’s Board of Advisors. Doug is an avid Polo player and has settled in Surrey where he lives with his wife and eldest daughter, 3 dogs, highland cows, and horses and is frequently in Toronto visiting his youngest daughter and her partner.

CÉCILE SCHNYDER(40) was born in Zurich, Switzerland and came to London in 2004. She holds a degree in Biomedical Science from Zurich, an MA in Jungian Art Psychotherapy from Roehampton University and is trained as a supervisor, group analyst and spiritual director. Cécile is a long-term member of the L’ArcheCommunity and an iconographer. She enjoys rowing, art, books and time spent with good friends over many, many cups of tea.

DERRICK THOMPSON(51) was born and brought up in Scotland. He has worked with the Salvation Army for many years in church, community and Homelessness work. When not working, or engaged in Church activities, Derrick loves to sing, especially in musicals. He also enjoys walking alongside the river.

ALAN WENHAM(40) is married with four children. Before training for ordination, he worked in a variety of jobs including for two inner city churches. He enjoys spending time with family, walking and films.

Those to be ordained Priest in the Kingston Area:

ANNE COCKING (56) Anne grew up in Lincolnshire, before moving to London. Anne is married and is a novice oblate of the Sisters of Bethany. She works as a teaching assistant in a primary school and enjoys visiting art galleries, walking, exploring the countryside and being by the sea.

SARAH DAWSON(46) was born and brought up in the North East, coming to London to study. She received her dual paediatric and adult nursing qualification from Great Ormond Street and University College Hospitals. Sarah worked in the East End of London for many years specialising in nursing children under 2 years of age. She then trained as a Southwark Pastoral Auxiliary and worked in South Wimbledon. Sarah has two children with whom she enjoys sports, trips to the cinema and travelling. She is a fan of musicals and a devotee of Scandinavian crime fiction.

LAURA SELMAN(35) was born and brought up in South London. She worked in Youth and Community Development in London and Durban, South Africa before gaining a degree in Politics and Development Studies from the University of Sussex. She spent 7 years working in International Policy and Campaigning, particularly around climate change, with, and on behalf of, poor communities. She is married to Matt and enjoys entertaining, gardening and curling up with a good book and a nice cup of tea.                                                          

MARK THOMAS (34)is a passionate supporter of English football and Welsh rugby.  In his spare time he enjoys playing football badly, the piano noisily and eating his wife’s fantastic food. He finds it a great privilege to lead the men’s ministry at St Mark’s, and continues to build on his MPhil research into cultural understandings of fatherhood and the Church’s calling to bring good news to bear on them.

SAMUEL WHITTINGTON(35) was born on the Isle of Wight and also lived in Croydon, Cardiff and Stourbridge before completing a degree in American Studies at the University of Sheffield, including an exchange year in Maryland. He then spent five years in Amsterdam with a church plant team, before returning to live in London. He trained for ministry in Durham. Sam enjoys sport, music, films and reading, as well as relaxing with friends over dinner or a beer.

ALEXANDRA WILLIAMS(38) was born, brought up and has spent most of her life in London, apart from times of study in Cambridge and Nottingham. Prior to training for ordination, she taught in primary schools for 12 years. Alex enjoys spending time with friends and family, music, walking, cooking, reading and travel. She is loving her time as Curate at Ascension, Balham Hill.

Those to be ordained Priest in the Woolwich Area:

STEPHEN EDMONDS(33) was born and raised in South London. Whilst studying at the University of Kent, he was a Methodist Local Preacher, but was drawn to the Church of England through study of the Church Fathers and worship at Canterbury Cathedral. He continued to test his vocation whilst working in London, and later completed an MA in Theology. He trained for the priesthood in Cambridge, and read for a further degree in Church History at Selwyn College. He enjoys visits to the West Country, the theatre, good coffee and Radio 4.

ROSS GUNDERSON (36) was born and raised in Edinburgh. He came to work in London in 2004. Ross worked in the search recruitment industry, working alongside the public sector and management consultancies. He is married and has a daughter. In his spare time, Ross enjoys keeping fit by playing squash.  He also enjoys entertaining friends and family, and spends time with his daughter in the kitchen cooking.

VIENNA McCARTHY (26) grew up in South London, before going up to Oxford to complete a degree in theology.  Whilst studying she has dabbled in a range of related activities, from faith-based community organising in East London to living in an Austrian convent.  Vienna is also a keen choral singer, having been a founder member of the Southwark Cathedral Girls’ Choir, and has since sung in many exciting performances including in broadcasts on BBC Radio and television.    

MICHAEL DAVID VYVYAN (37) was born in Shropshire and grew up in North Yorkshire. He worked as a pastoral assistant in a parish in Luton before attending university in Loughborough. After graduating he returned to Bedfordshire where he undertook a PGCE and taught secondary level Mathematics for ten years before moving to Cambridge to train for ordination. When he is not working, David is often to be found singing, either in choirs or in theatrical productions, and has run a number of choirs for inexperienced singers.

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.