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Meet the new Readers for 2018
12/09/18
Coventry Cathedral

On Saturday 22nd September, seven new Readers will be admitted and licensed by Bishop John during a special Reader celebration service at Coventry Cathedral. The new Readers have undertaken a course of study and training, and following their licensing will begin serving in parishes.

Jonathan Broom

Jonathan will be the Reader at St Botolphs Newbold-on-Avon and St John's Long Lawford. He was born in Royal Leamington Spa, but grew up in Long Lawford attending the village school. After living and working in the United States he returned to a career in Business Development for major U.K. tourist attractions and then spent many years as a Police Officer. He now works within the retail sector. Jonathan describes his faith as the foundation stone to his life, "wherever I have been in the world, whatever challenges I've faced, Jesus has been there". He loves bringing the joy of Christian worship to youngsters and is committed to helping the congregations of both churches deepen their knowledge of scripture and in reaching out to their local communities supporting those in need. 

Amanda di Giovanni

Amanda will be a Reader at St Mark’s in Leamington Spa, where she has worshipped for 20 years since moving from London. She taught Science for 12 years before her children were born and currently works part time in the St Mark’s Church office. Amanda is also a Small Group Coordinator and now that her training has finished is keen to devote more time to supporting and equipping others to grow as disciples of Christ.

Charon Hall

Charon will be a Reader in the Revel Benefice, which covers villages to the east of Coventry. Charon was brought up in Rutland and moved to Coventry when her husband took a job with Coventry Council. Charon initially joined The Revel as a Church Warden at Holy Trinity in Churchover but her calling grew and led her down the path of learning (BCD, BCMM etc.). Charon has also worked as a Lay Chaplain at the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. Charon continues working as a Mortgage Underwriter while she develops into the role of Reader.

Karen Hatch

Karen will be a Reader in the Leam Valley Benefice. A retired midwife, she has lived in Warwickshire for the past 21 years and attends church in Leamington Hastings.  She has been a member of the PCC for almost all of that time and a church warden for 9 years. She felt called to ‘do more’ and has been involved in both Healing and Children’s ministry within the Leam Valley Benefice. Becoming a Licensed Reader was her next call and 'the next logical step!'

Claire Russell

Claire will be a Reader at St John the Baptist, South Leamington. She is currently employed as Head of Music and Collective Worship at St John’s Middle School, Bromsgrove. Having previously coordinated the Worship Team and Small Groups ministries at St Mary’s Leamington, Claire has followed God’s call to serve in her local Parish church and is enjoying the opportunity to combine her passions for traditional catholic and contemporary styles of worship. She is especially looking forward to the opportunity to share God’s word, and contribute to St John’s mission: to see God’s Kingdom come in South Leamington, and to serve those most in need in the community.

Nigel Stallard

Nigel will be a Reader at All Saints' Church, Leek Wootton. Nigel has lived in Leek Wootton and worshipped regularly at All Saints’ church since 2006, having been a Christian for many years and been a member of a number of churches ranging from the large and evangelical to the small and monastic. His ‘day job’ is as a lecturer and researcher in medical statistics at Warwick University.  Within the church, he has led small groups for adults, children and teenagers, and is looking forward to this new phase of ministry following licensing as a Reader in September.

Margaret Lucille Clare Bull will be a Reader at St. Nicholas and St. Barnabas, Kenilworth. Please hold all these new Readers in your prayers as they move into a new area of ministry. 

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