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New Priests to be ordained

On Saturday 6 July at 11am 11 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 Croydon Minster.

Cordella Dawson     Woodside, St Luke
Alistair Forster     Norbury, St Oswald
Darius Weithers     Croydon, St Matthew

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

Lisa Bewick     Waterloo, St John w St Andrew
Tom Collins     Balham Hill, The Ascension
Vanessa Elston     South Lambeth, St Anne & All Saints

 The following are to be ordained by the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, at Bermondsey, St James.

Timothy Ajayi      Blackheath, St Michael & All Angels
Raymond Baudon     East Dulwich, St John the Evangelist
Chris Hanning     Blackheath, St John the Evangelist
Jacob Mercer     Bermondsey, St James & St Anne United Benefice
Christopher Rogers     Catford (Southend) & Downham Team Ministry

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:

CORDELLA DAWSON was born in London but spent her teenage years in Jamaica. On her return to the UK, Cordella, who has a degree in law, became a civil servant at the Home Office. She enjoys reading, spending time with friends, listening to music and has recently found relaxation as an amateur DJ. From time to time, Cordella can be heard sharing her eclectic taste in music on
internet radio.

ALISTAIR FORSTER grew up in Somerset before moving to Canterbury, Christ Church College, where he trained as a teacher. After 25 years in both state and independent schools, including seven years as a housemaster, he gave up teaching to train full-time for the ministry at St Augustine’s College of Theology. Alistair enjoys walking and cycling and has a keen interest in Pre-Raphaelite art, as well as most genres of science fiction. Where time permits, he sings with Amici Coro chamber choir which travels to different cathedrals in the UK to lead choral worship during the regular choir holidays.

DARIUS WEITHERS was born in North London and grew up in Reading. After completing a degree in intercultural and biblical studies at All Nations Christian College, Darius worked at All Saints Church, Peckham for seven years. Among many other things, Darius enjoys sport, food, movies and hip-hop.

Those to be ordained Priest in the Kingston Area:

LISA BEWICK was born and brought up in Warwickshire. She then studied at Exeter University and St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, gaining a degree in classical studies and theology and then a PGCE in secondary RE. Lisa taught for 10 years before becoming Education Officer at Southwark Cathedral in 2016 and she is continuing in this role throughout her curacy. Lisa enjoys reading and long walks.

TOM COLLINS grew up in Papua New Guinea, moving to the UK at the age of nine. After studying engineering he moved to South West London to train and work as a clinical scientist, analysing walking patterns and providing equipment for people living with neuromuscular conditions. He is looking forward to growing together as followers of Jesus with the church in Balham.

VANESSA ELSTON was born and brought up in Hertfordshire, studied drama and English at university, and then moved to London where she has worked as a secondary school teacher, in community arts, and with a variety of churches and mission projects. While working for Moot, a new monastic community, she discerned a calling to pioneer ministry. Vanessa’s interests include the arts and sustainability in enterprise, living and community. She enjoys walking (with an OS map in hand), camping, and good conversation over a cup of tea or glass of wine.

Those to be ordained Priest in the Woolwich Area:

TIMOTHY (TIMMY) AJAYI had his formative years in Nigeria. He studied in Nigeria and the UK, gaining a degree in industrial chemistry and a master’s in international business and management. His work experience cuts across the energy industry, events marketing, healthcare management and business consulting. An avid wood trekker, Timmy also enjoys travelling, classical music and fine arts.

RAYMOND BAUDON was born and brought up mainly in Scotland. He studied law at Glasgow University and completed his postgraduate studies in law at Edinburgh University. After qualifying as a solicitor, Raymond worked in a law firm in Edinburgh and specialised in corporate finance. He moved to London in 2013 and before beginning training he worked as an assistant in the chaplaincy at King’s College London. Raymond’s interests include travelling; he lived in Greece for a year and as part of his training he spent four weeks at an Episcopal Church in Las Vegas. When he is not planning his next adventure, Raymond enjoys cooking and is developing an interest in breadmaking.

CHRIS HANNING is originally from Newbury in Berkshire. After studying history and international relations in Edinburgh he came to London and has remained there ever since. For several years he worked in charity fundraising and in editorial roles for healthcare publishing before embarking on full-time Christian ministry. Chris loves ball-chasing sports of many sorts, exploring the countryside, reading fiction from around the world and playing the piano.

JACOB MERCER grew up in Hertfordshire and studied English literature at Cambridge University. After working for churches in Cambridge and Wimbledon, he moved to Oxford to read theology and prepare for ordination. Jacob enjoys reading, detective dramas and the countryside.

CHRISTOPHER ROGERS is from Cheshire and studied law at Cambridge University before practising as a commercial barrister for 11 years. His main interests are art, music and dance, and his dachshund Cuthbert.