Exploring Ministry

All Christians are called to use their gifts to serve God and others in the name of Christ

We offer a range of authorised ministries that serve the ministry and mission of the whole church and work collaboratively at all levels.  Discovering what God is calling us to be and to do is a life-long process, as we grow individually and the needs around us change. Prayer, reflection, Bible study and conversation with your parish priest or other Christian friends can all help us to listen to what God is asking of us.

We encourage you to study at a level appropriate for you and follow the calling in your life. If you would like help and support from a member of our team please contact the relevant person below:

  Role Email 

Mission and Ministry

Director of Mission and Ministry

The Revd Canon Dave Gardner

General enquiries and queries regarding Eventbrite Senior Administrator for Mission and Ministry

Lesley Steed

Ordination training Diocesan Director of Ordinands and New Ministries

The Revd Canon Tim Jones

Reader and Elder training and discipleship training events Discipleship and Ministry Development Officer

Ruth Dennigan

Youth ministry training Diocesan Youth & Young Adults Officer

Matt Levett

Children's and Families' ministry training Diocesan Children's Families' Officer

Hilary Wordsworth-Sewell

Lightwave and Pioneer training Archdeacon for Rural Mission

Archdeacon Sally Gaze

Evangelist training Evangelist Adviser

Andrew Payne


Further resources

The Church of England website 'Exploring a call to ministry or religious life' offers a comprehensive overview of vocation and includes guidance on selection and training:  

Church of England Exploring Vocation | Weblink

In this diocese we offer training for different ministries please download for an overview her or visit the different ministries pages in this section of the website - see the menu bar on the right hand side.  

Our ministries leaflet | PDF