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New Deacons to be ordained

The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, will ordain 24 people as Deacons on Saturday 29 June at 11am at Southwark Cathedral, to serve in the Diocese of Southwark. They will each serve their curacy in the parish indicated.

Hayley Argles-Grant     Streatham, St Leonard
Timothy Armstrong     Wandsworth, St Michael & All Angels with St Stephen
Sarah Atkins     Ham, St Richard
Dr Emmanuel Baikie     Surbiton Hill, Christ Church
Elizabeth Barnett     Dulwich, St Barnabas
Trini Mari (Carol) Bates     East Wickham, St Michael
Martin Calderbank      Barnes, St Michael & All Angels
Ruth Chapman     Warlingham with Chelsham & Farleigh Team Ministry
Dr Stephen Davidson     North Lambeth Team Ministry
Bernadette Excell     Balham, St Mary & St John the Divine
Paul Fitzpatrick     Beddington & Roundshaw, St Michael & All Angels
Erin Gilmour     Reigate, St Mary Magdalene
Hannah Gordon     Carshalton Beeches, The Good Shepherd
Reginald Grant     Reigate, St Mark
Jonathan Haynes     Putney, St Mary
Michael Johns-Perring     Surbiton, St Andrew & St Mark
Timothy Jones     Clapham, Holy Trinity
Emma Lowth     Gipsy Hill, Christ Church
Joseph Moore      Croydon Minster
Nicholas Quanrud     Kennington, St John the Divine w St James the Apostle
Tomos Reed     South Dulwich, St Stephen
Joshua (Josh) Skidmore     Wimbledon, Emmanuel (Proprietary Chapel)
Sarah Whitehouse     Tooting, All Saints
Deepthi Wickremasinghe     Walworth, St Christopher

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.


HAYLEY ARGLES-GRANT was born and brought up in Windsor before going to Birmingham to study. She subsequently gained a postgraduate diploma in human resource management and has held senior positions in a variety of organisations with a focus on talent development and leadership coaching.

Hayley is passionate about netball and regularly coaches and plays for a local club and officiates at county level. When she’s not running around a netball court she can be found enjoying a cup of coffee in her favourite local coffee shop.

TIMOTHY ARMSTRONG spent much of his youth in rural Shropshire where his father was a vicar. He studied for a degree in applied theology in intercultural contexts before moving to Peckham where he worked for All Saints Church in a variety of roles. Timothy enjoys studying theology, running, dragging his family around Roman ruins, reading from the comfort of a suitable armchair and getting lost with the aid of a good OS map.

SARAH ATKINS grew up in Winchester. After reading law at University College London, she qualified and practised as a solicitor in Surrey for 33 years. Sarah was commissioned as a Southwark Pastoral Auxiliary in 2013 and has held a number of voluntary roles in pastoral and mental health care. She is currently a volunteer chaplain at Bethlem Royal Hospital.

Sarah is an avid reader of modern literature and a fair-weather enthusiast of walking and birdwatching.

EMMANUEL BAIKIE was born in Jos and brought up in the northeastern region of Nigeria. He studied medicine and, after qualifying, worked in a small industrial settlement in the Middle Belt of Nigeria for 10 years. In 1997 he took a sabbatical to work as a volunteer in Rwanda after the genocide.

He moved to the UK in 1998 and currently works in a role that combines primary care in a large inner-city medical practice and in the largest prison in London. A staunch Arsenal fan, he enjoys watching football and spending some time training in the gym.

LIZ BARNETT was born and raised in Surrey. Prior to training for ordination, she ran a Christian charity working with local schools. Liz is interested in art, film and theatre and the way in which the arts enhance our life and faith. In her spare time, she loves to waste time staring at the sea, dancing, eating cake and keeping abreast of fashion.

CAROL BATES was brought up and educated in the Borough of Lewisham. Although she trained as a secondary school science teacher at Liverpool University, her 24 years of teaching experience has included working at all levels from pre-school to tertiary education. She has most enjoyed the past 10 years teaching teenagers with autism and profound and multiple learning difficulties.

Carol is a keen photographer, loves spending quality time with her family, enjoys keeping fit and circuit trains regularly.

MARTIN CALDERBANK has worked in investment for 24 years. He trained for ministry at St Augustine’s College of Theology. Martin is very excited by the prospect of worshipping at St Michael and All Angels, Barnes and of joining the church’s mission within the wider community.

RUTH CHAPMAN was the Verger of the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, the Parliamentary Chapel, before training for ordination at St Mellitus College. In 2018, her achievements included reading Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables and accepting the Diabetes UK fundraising challenge to walk a million steps in three months.

STEVE DAVIDSON has spent most of his adult life working in mental health services across London. He initially trained as a nurse and then as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, before working as a service director leading mental health services across several inner London boroughs, as well as nationally. His doctoral work focused on how senior leaders navigate complex environments with integrity. Steve rediscovered his faith in 2010 and since then has pursued theological study and opportunities for pastoral mission, including working as a Street Pastor for several years.

BERNI EXCELL was born and grew up in West Sussex, moving to London in her early twenties. She has worked for about 25 years in a range of roles in social care and justice within the voluntary sector, local and central government. She loves all things outdoors, especially walking by the sea or in the countryside, and spending time with friends and family.

PAUL FITZPATRICK grew up in Kennington, South London. He enjoys making time for his family and friends, sharing moments together in the theatre, cinema or having a pint down the pub. Reading helps him to relax and he enjoys travelling. Paul has been a Church Army Evangelist since 1998, working in deprived areas in the north of England and inner-city areas in London.

In 2015 he went on to lead a charity, Change Up at Kennington Cross, offering support and business mentoring to at-risk people.

ERIN GILMOUR moved to England from Northern Ireland 10 years ago. At the beginning of her discernment process she read a quote, “May it be one day said of you, not that you talked about God cleverly, but that you made God real to people”, which changed the trajectory of her life. She is passionate about mission and welcoming the outsider in. Erin loves the company of family and friends. She enjoys swimming and getting out into nature and hopes to spend time exploring the beauty of the Surrey Hills.

HANNAH GORDON grew up in Worcester and went to school in the shadow of the Cathedral. She met God and her husband at university in Cardiff, where she studied psychology and played rugby. After university she moved to Croydon where she has remained since, first working in the voluntary sector and then as a primary school teacher. She trained for ordination at St Mellitus College. Hannah enjoys watching rugby, family days out, reading a good novel and a cold gin and tonic. During her training she took up 5km running as a way to offset impending middle age and now finds herself unable to stop.

REGINALD GRANT was born in Miami and grew up in the Bahamas. His early years were spent in Methodist Sunday school and playing in the church band. He was educated in an Anglican church school and it was in these environments that his curiosity about Christianity, and faith in general, was nurtured. It was many years before he pursued his vocation but during this time he attended events which strengthened his faith. Reginald came to the UK in 1997 and worshipped in a number of churches which gave him an appreciation of the different types of worship in the Church of England.

JONATHAN HAYNES grew up on the River Thames at Sonning and, after travelling to Australia, Fiji and Thailand, he moved to London to study. He trained as a professional actor and worked predominantly in the theatre for 15 years. He went on to train for the ordained ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. Jonathan enjoys the arts, cooking, choral music and hymnody, and travelling in his camper van.

MICHAEL JOHNS-PERRING was born and brought up in South Devon. He gained a degree in history and politics from the University of York, and a master’s degree in politics from the University of Edinburgh. Before training for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge he worked as a civil servant in the Ministry of Justice and Scottish Government with postings in HM Prison Service, the Judicial Appointments Commission and the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland. In his spare time Michael enjoys linocut printing, reading and cricket.

TIM JONES was born in Northampton and brought up in Bournemouth. He studied in Southampton before working in financial services and then as a worship pastor in London. He enjoys living in Clapham and playing and writing music, especially on acoustic guitar. Tim isn’t certain when it happened, but recently he must have aged 40 years as he has taken up golf and loves it.

EMMA LOWTH was born and brought up in Reading. Having gained a degree in Classics from the University of Cambridge, she went on to work for Simon & Schuster as a fiction editor, specialising in crime thrillers and sagas, before joining the staff team at St Mark's Battersea Rise for three years. Emma is an avid musician and has played bass guitar in a variety of different bands, including ska, jazz funk and currently as part of a covers band.

JOSEPH MOORE grew up in Pimlico and read religion, philosophy and ethics at King's College London. Following university, Joe worked as an intern at St Anne's, Hoxton in East London. He trained for the ordained ministry at Cranmer Hall in Durham and as part of his training he spent eight weeks on an ecumenical placement at The Pontifical Beda College, a Catholic seminary, in Rome. Joe's interests include theatre, travel and good coffee. 

NICHOLAS QUANRUD was born in Lewisham but spent the first eight years of his life in the Balkans where his parents were church workers. After gaining a degree in anthropology, Nick lived and worked with L’Arche London, a community of adults with and without learning disabilities, while also working as a professional guitarist. As part of his training for ministry at Westcott House, Cambridge, he spent a month at Codrington College, Barbados. Nick is a long-suffering Arsenal fan.

TOMOS REED was born and brought up in Carmarthenshire, before studying natural sciences at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. After specialising in physics, he worked in secondary education, teaching the subject to GCSE and A-level students. In his spare time Tomos enjoys rowing and coaching rowing, and has a keen interest in opera.


JOSH SKIDMORE was born and brought up in Wolverhampton. He moved to Oxford to study theology, before working as a pastoral assistant in the Diocese of Southwark for two years. Since then he has been back in Oxford at Wycliffe Hall, reading for a master’s in ecclesiastical history and training for ordination. Josh enjoys watching, playing and talking about cricket.

SARAH WHITEHOUSE was born in Uganda, where her father was a Church Mission Society missionary. She and her six siblings returned to England and lived in Yorkshire and Birmingham. She went to school in Suffolk and university at St Andrews, Scotland. After graduating in English literature and language she was a banker for seven years and then studied law, becoming a barrister in 1993. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014 and sits also as a part-time judge, and has now lived in Wandsworth for 35 years.

DEEPTHI WICKREMASINGHE was born in Cornwall and her family moved to London when she was six. Initially she was a craft bookbinder but later she became a journalist whilst simultaneously studying for a degree in politics, philosophy and history. After gaining an MA in information services management, she became an information officer in the NHS and then with a small international development charity. Most recently, she has moved into academic research helping to evaluate innovations to improve the survival of mothers and babies in countries with high mortality rates, particularly northeast Nigeria. She likes gardening, reading, spending time with her family and using her creativity to make things.