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Meet the new Deacons for 2019
24/06/19

On Sunday 30 June, seven new deacons are to be ordained at Coventry Cathedral. The new deacons have undertaken a course of study and training, and following their ordination they will serve as curates (assistant ministers) while their training continues. As deacons they will lead worship and carry out pastoral and teaching work.

In the words of the ordination service:

"Deacons are called to work with the Bishop and the priests with whom they serve as heralds of Christ's kingdom. They are to proclaim the gospel in word and deed, as agents of God's purposes of love. They are to serve the community in which they are set, bringing to the Church the needs and hopes of all the people. They are to work with their fellow members in searching out the poor and weak, the sick and lonely and those who are oppressed and powerless, reaching into the forgotten corners of the world, that the love of God may be made visible.

Deacons share in the pastoral ministry of the Church and in leading God's people in worship. They preach the word and bring the needs of the world before the Church in intercession. They accompany those searching for faith and bring them to baptism. They assist in administering the sacraments; they distribute communion and minister to the sick and housebound.

Deacons are to seek nourishment from the Scriptures; they are to study them with God's people, that the whole Church may be equipped to live out the gospel in the world. They are to be faithful in prayer, expectant and watchful for the signs of God's presence, as he reveals his kingdom among us."

Alison Baxter
Alison Baxter

Alison will be a deacon at St Nicholas with St Barnabas Church, Kenilworth. Until April 2019 she worked there for two years as their Childrens and Families worker. As an assistant curate, Alison will take the lead on discipleship and mission. Previous to training for ministry, Alison worked in various community organisations with homeless young people, people who were addicted to drugs and alcohol and with refugees and asylum seekers. She also worked at Coventry University as a researcher in Health Psychology, designing health and lifestyle interventions to reduce the teenage pregnancy rate. Alison did her theological training at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. While at college she enjoyed thinking about how scripture can remain contextually relevant for today's generation. In her final year she became senior student and had pastoral responsibility for new students and her peers.

Daniel Corlett
Dan Corlett

Dan is to be deacon in the Arden Marches Benefice, incorporating Studley, Mappleborough Green, Morton Bagot and Oldberrow. Dan has always worked in and around education, as a researcher, lecturer, administrator and in various other roles. Most recently he was CEO of a national charity, promoting learning about food, farming and the environment. Dan has been training for ordination since 2017 at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He has also undertaken placements in Coventry Diocese at Arden Valley benefice near Stratford and St Laurence’s church in Foleshill. Having spent twenty wonderful years worshipping and learning about family-on-mission at St John’s church, Westwood Heath, he is looking forward to returning to his rural roots in smaller village and hamlet-sized parishes. Dan and his wife Angela have three school-age children and between them their pastimes include sports, music, crafting and spending time in the outdoors.  

Charlotte Jackson
Charlotte Jackson

Charlotte is to be deacon in the parish of St John the Divine, Willenhall. Charlotte grew up in Harrow, North West London where she has been based (apart from a short stint in Scotland for university) before going to Ridley Hall, Cambridge for ordination training. Before her call to ordination, Charlotte was pursuing a career in sustainability, most recently working as a sustainability manager for M&S with a focus on reducing food waste. A call to ministry came in 2014 and after a couple of years of discernment and wrestling, she accepted and started training in 2016. Living in community full time at Ridley has been a blessing allowing the formation of strong friendships, time to process and reflect on God’s work, study and to be immersed in a number of different church backgrounds. Charlotte knew that moving away from London was the right next step in ministry and is excited (with a healthy dose of nervousness!) to be a part of Coventry Diocese. She is looking forward to all God has in store in the coming years as part of the Willenhall community and Coventry more widely. Charlotte is single and enjoys baking, reading and walking.

Richard Moore
Richard Moore

Richard is to be deacon in the parish of St Nicholas Kenilworth following part-time training at the Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham. Richard works full-time in his family's menswear business in Kenilworth town centre and has long sensed that God was calling him to minister and share the Gospel in the heart of the community. Richard has a passion for the pastoral side of ministry and is looking forward to developing and building on his many local connections. He will remain working, where is ideally placed to meet with people seeking God beyond the confines of a church. He is married to Donna and they have two grown-up sons. When time allows Richard and Donna spend time together in Normandy enjoying the peace and quiet of the French countryside. As for hobbies, you can hardly miss seeing Richard as rides round the parish on his black Harley Davidson.

Carolyne Powell
Carolyne Powell

Carolyne is to be deacon at St George's, Coundon. In June 2013, after 10 years working in the corporate world, especially in International Human Resources, mostly in France, Carolyne left her career and her hometown, Paris, in search of what life was really about. With dual French and English citizenships, she also wanted to reconnect with her Britishness. Little did she know that in the following six years, she would encounter God, discover his love across the world and across denominations, be thrilled to work for an Anglican church in France and train for ordination in Ridley Hall, Cambridge. Or indeed, be ordained in Coventry, a city she had visited several times on business trips, hoping to live there one day! She is delighted to be serving at St George’s Coundon and hopes to soon discover where the best cups of tea and fresh bread are to be found. 

Abby Rhodes
Abby Rhodes

Abby is to be a deacon at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Finham. She trained at St Mellitus College in London, which involved lots of academic study as well as a long-term placement working as the Director of Music and Youthworker at Lillington Parish Church in Leamington Spa. Abby is married to Mike and they have two teenage sons, Chris and Owain. She was a singer and singing teacher before hearing God call her to ordination and she still likes to sing for fun as well as in worship! She also enjoys travelling with her family and reading good books. She is really excited about getting to know the community at St Martin’s and joining in with what God is doing there. There’s bound to be lots to learn but it all feels like a privilege!

Ruth Smith
Ruth Smith

Ruth is to be a deacon in the parish of St Paul's, Leamington Spa. After many years as a Podiatrist in the NHS and at a private practice, Ruth felt a call to ordained ministry and has just completed three years of training at St Mellitus in London. She is excited to be serving her curacy with St Paul's and looking forward to engaging fully in the life of the church. She is keen to help others grow as disciples of Jesus, and loves leading Alpha and mentoring individuals.  

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