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The Ministry Team

The Bishop, the Suffragan Bishop, the Suffragan Bishop's Chaplain, the Director of Training, the Diocesan Director of Ordinands, the Senior Tutor and Adviser for Reader Ministry with the Director of Lay Discipleship together form the Ministry Team, which meets several times a year to co-ordinate and support all who carry major responsibilities at the diocesan level for ministry, vocations and training.


Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO)

The Revd Canon William GullifordThe Revd Canon William Gulliford

The heart of the work of the DDO is to act for the Bishop on the assessment of candidates for ordained ministry and to provide oversight of the candidates during their training.

The principal duties of the DDO include:

  • interviewing all candidates (and spouses).
  • advising the bishops on suitability of candidates for ordination.
  • preparing candidates for selection conference, and debriefing with them afterwards.
  • overseeing candidates in training for ordination.
  • advising the bishops on appropriate first title posts for new ordinands.

The DDO is a half-time position, based in London.
Postal contact via the Diocesan Office.



Diocesan Director of Ministerial Development

The Revd Canon Ulla MonbergThe Revd Canon Ulla Monberg

The heart of the work of the Diocesan Director of Ministerial Development is to support training programmes for laity and the recently ordained, and to advise the bishops on matters related to Continuing Ministerial Education.

The principal duties include:

  • framing programmes for Post Ordination Training (POT)
  • The Director of Ministerial Development is a full-time position, based in Continental Europe.


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T: +45 35 2606 60 

Diocesan Director of Reader Ministry

Mrs Celia Paterson 
also Diocesan Reader Selector

 Celia’s work includes:      

  • framing educational programs for Readers
  • supervising and those in training for Reader ministry
  • supporting all Readers
  • selection of candidates for Reader ministry
  • working closely with Bishop David The Warden of Readers
  • updating Reader Handbook

Postal contact via the Diocesan Office


Director of Discipleship

Dr. Clare AmosDr. Clare Amos

Dr Amos joined the Ministry Team in Autumn 2016 

The purpose of the role and work of the Director of Lay Discipleship is to encourage and empower lay people and enable them to explore ways in which their discipleship may be expressed both as part of their own spiritual growth, and for the life and witness of the church.

The principal duties include:

  • The promotion of catechesis for adults and young people within congregations.
  • Advising clergy, Licensed Lay Ministers and the Ministry Team on the use of main resources for discipleship and catechesis, especially the Pilgrim course of the Church of England, as well as other options and resources and supplementary material. 
  • Sharing ideas, strategies and stories of good practice through the communication channels of the diocese.
  • Exploring, with colleagues in the Ministry Team, the development of ways in which lay discipleship can be expressed within the diocese, for the benefit both of the diocese and local chaplaincies, and for the spiritual growth of lay people.

The Director of Lay Discipleship is an honorary, part-time position. The Director is currently based at her home near Geneva.  She can be contacted via email at  or via post or telephone at the Diocesan Office. 

Ministry Team Admin Assistant

Debbie CunninghamPolly Freeman

This post provides high-level administrative support to the Diocesan Directors of Ordinands, Ministerial Development and Reader Ministry as well as limited support to the Warden of Readers, Lay Ministry, Safeguarding and Finance.

T: +44 (0) 20 7798 1162


The Warden of Readers

The Rt Revd David Hamid

The Warden of Readers is appointed by the Bishop to have overall responsibility and oversight for the ministry of readers in the diocese.

Bishop David's contact details can be found here.

Auxiliary Support for Vocations and Ministry

Other key individuals are appointed by the Bishop to assist, in an honorary capacity, the members of the Ministry Team in its tasks.

Assistant Directors of Ordinands/Diocesan Reader Selectors

Appointed to assist the DDO in the assessment of candidates for ministry, and to assist the Warden of Readers in the assessment of candidates for Reader Ministry.

  • The Revd Alex Gordon
  • The Revd Sam Van Leer
  • The Revd William Lister
  • The Revd Canon Barbara Moss
  • The Revd Paul Ormrod
  • The Revd Nigel Stimpson
  • The Revd Canon Geoff Johnston (with special responsibility for C4 faculties)

Area Vocation Advisors

Appointed to liaise with chaplains in encouraging vocations to ministry, whether lay, religious or ordained.

  • The Revd Ruan Crew 
  • The Revd Canon Leonard Doolan
  • The Revd Douglas Emmott
  • The Revd Allan Hughes
  • Dr Rosemary Selle
  • The Revd Mary Strommen
  • Ms Sonia Taylor
  • The Revd Engin Yildrim
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