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Meet the new priests for 2017
21/06/17

On Sunday 2 July, four new priests are to be ordained at Coventry Cathedral. The new priests have already served as deacons for a year. On their ordination as priests they will remain in their present parishes while their on-going training continues. The service at Coventry Cathedral starts at 10.30am and is open to all. No tickets are needed, and everyone will receive a warm welcome at the main entrance of the Cathedral.

In the words of the ordination service:

"Priests are called to be servants and shepherds among the people to whom they are sent. With their Bishop and fellow ministers, they are to proclaim the word of the Lord and to watch for the signs of God's new creation. They are to be messengers, watchmen and stewards of the Lord; they are to teach and to admonish, to feed and provide for his family, to search for his children in the wilderness of this world's temptations, and to guide them through its confusions, that they may be saved through Christ for ever. Formed by the word, they are to call their hearers to repentance and to declare in Christ's name the absolution and forgiveness of their sins."

Tim Fox
Tim Fox

Tim is curate at the new Parish of Coventry All Saints – a parish so new that it replaces the one that he was licensed to after his ordination last year. Thus Tim’s first official act upon being ordained was to resign his original license! (He says he thought he would last at least 6 months before having to resign!). Joking aside, Tim has relished life as curate of the new parish, enjoying the massive variety and diversity of ministry which has seen him involved in everything from school ministry, to funeral ministry, to working with the homeless and destitute, to organising Charity music events, to setting up a ‘Cycling Church’, and of course preaching and leading worship. Tim says his main aim for the next year is to avoid having to resign again – but what he really means is that he is privileged to be ministering where he is, and looks forward to stepping out into more of God’s invitation to him, and to the parish, in the coming months!

Claire McArthur
Claire McArthur

Claire is a Curate at St Mary's Walsgrave. Since leaving secular employment last summer, her life has changed dramatically as she has established her new role as Deacon within the busy parish. She has been welcomed into a very affirming supportive church family. Highlights this year have been setting up a new luncheon club alongside the Langley Trust and Age UK, developing children's ministry including becoming a Governor at two local schools and being in a privileged position alongside people during her funeral ministry. Claire is passionate about anything digital after working at the BBC for over 20 years, and has continued to use her skills consulting across Diocesan projects and working alongside Coventry Cathedral on their social media strategy. Claire is really looking forward to being ordained Priest and can't wait to preside at her first Eucharist.

Gail Phillip
Gail Phillip

Gail's first year as curate at St Johns, Kenilworth has been an exciting one, with the completion of a major re-ordering of the church building opening up many new possibilities for ministry and mission. This has included establishing and developing links with Recovery Partnership, working locally with people who are seeking to overcome addiction. Another highlight has been supporting new ventures into Mission-Shaped Communities, running a training course to further understand about this approach to ‘being’ church, with mission and discipleship going hand in hand. Gail has felt the journey into ordained ministry to be a steep learning curve, but has found that initiating Touchbase, a regular rhythm of morning prayer with the church open to all, has been invaluable. She is very thankful for the care and support she has received from the church family at St Johns and is looking forward to continuing her service in and around this vibrant community as a newly ordained priest.

Rachel Saum
Rachel Saum

Rachel is curate in the Mid Fosse Parishes (Chesterton, Newbold Pacey, Moreton Morrell & Lighthorne). She also has the privilege of ministering in Charlecote & Hampton Lucy. She has immersed herself in the diversity of rural ministry and in the process has consumed a lot of cake! Highlights have included launching a prayer club in the church school, getting to know some students at Moreton Morrell College, leading the parish retreat and hosting a mindfulness trail in her vicarage garden as part of Thy Kingdom Come. As a member of the Acceler8 team, Rachel has also been exploring mission with 20s-30s. She is forming a Christian community in Charlecote Vicarage, which is developing in unexpected ways. Rachel has loved the challenge of ministering across two rural benefices, learning from different approaches to ministry, and contextualising mission in the countryside. The vision is still developing. Rachel looks forward to discovering what God has in store as she is ordained priest.