The Vocations Team

Archdeaconry of Rochester

Jim Fletcher, Rector of the Parish of Fawkham and Hartley, married to Sarah with two young children.
Jim said, “Keen squash player, follower of cricket and supporter of Liverpool Football Club, but don’t let that put you off meeting me! Have always had a huge interest in ‘Vocations’ as my own journey to ordination was a long and winding one where I was supported by many wonderful people on route. I hope I can also provide similar support to those searching for their ‘calling’ in life”.

Sue Jones from Frindsbury has recently joined the team. 
Sue said, “In 2002 I started to consider how best I could serve God in our Parish, was encouraged to train as an Evangelist and commissioned two years later.  As part of the Mission Team in Frindsbury with Upnor and Chattenden, I am involved with the Emmaus Courses; I enjoy walking alongside others in their journey of faith, looking at outreach opportunities and being involved in Baptism Preparation. I am looking forward to being part of the Vocations team”.

The Rev Ann Richardson is a Vicar of Holy Trinity and Area Dean of Gillingham:
Ann Richardson is the vicar of Holy Trinity Twydall, in Gillingham Deanery.  Before ordination in 2010, she worked for over a decade in the City of London, and was at the same time Reader in the Parish of St John’s Erith.  Having been blessed over many years by the ministries of insightful Readers, Evangelists, Pastoral Assistants, clergy and countless others, she has a great passion for helping people to explore their own sense of calling to ministries of many kinds.

The Rev Ade Lawal: My father was from Nigeria and my mother is from Ghana. I was born in London and yet I have a deep affinity with Scotland and I love Haggis!
I joined the Diocese in 2015 having been a Hospital Chaplain and an Incumbent in Leeds. I support Spurs and will watch just about most sports apart from Darts, Curling, Cricket and Golf! I like music, watching films and cooking for friends. My interest in the vocational journey of others is borne out of reflecting on the experience of my vocational journey. I find it humbling and immensely rewarding to journey alongside another as they seek to discern God's call.

Ethlyn Roy-Johnson, Licensed Lay Minister from Swanscombe, Kent via Sierra Leone, West Africa. A graduate in French & Linguistics, I came to pursue postgraduate studies in the UK and have now lived more than half my life here. My professional background includes administration, customer service, translation & interpreting, office and people management, training, to coordinating international events.
I am intrigued by identifying and working with the uniqueness of everyone I come across. And so excited by the prospect and impact of ‘learning’, ‘walking alongside people’ (says the Evangelist), serving God, encouraging others and seeing His transformation in people, even though I still ask Him…’er, how did I get here, Lord?’ This process started long before I knew it but enhanced when I was ‘nudged’ to attend an Arrival Day & It’s your Calling. I look forward to the privilege of being part of the diocese’s Vocation team.

Rev Andrea Ward, Vicar of Chatham St Paul with All Saints
Andrea was ordained in 2003 and served her curacy in Handforth, Chester Diocese. She has been vicar of St James, Blendon since 2007.  Andrea is married to Pete, and both of them love the Lake District.
Andrea says: “I’ve always believed passionately that God calls each of us to serve him with the unique personality and gifts that he has given us. I’m very thankful for those who supported and encouraged me in the long process of discerning God’s call to ordination, and it’s a privilege to be able to help others discern God’s particular calling in their life.”

Archdeaconry of Tonbridge

Sally Musson is an active member of the Parish of St Peter & St Paul Tonbridge where she leads worship and preaches and is on the leadership team at St Saviour's church.  She is also PCC Secretary, Tonbridge Deanery Secretary and a volunteer at Burrswood Hospital. In her spare time Sally enjoys running, she is nationally ranked in her age group over a number of distances, and singing in the Parish Church choir.

Wil North is the Rector of St Margaret’s Church Barming, which is often referred to as ‘The Church in the Field’.  He is married to Fliss and they have two young children.  Wil spent 8years in youth ministry, before his ordination in 2009.  He is a keen runner, and can regularly  be seen at the Maidstone 5km Park Run.  He is also steadily working towards his goal of completing 50 marathons before his 50 Birthday. Wil has a passion to for people to be encouraged to recognise and enabled to, use their God given talents, which is one of the reasons he is very excited to be part of the vocations team.

I’m Sarah Corry the Rector of St. Edmund King and Martyr, West Kingsdown. I am married with two grown up children and two grandchildren. I was ordained in 2009. Before ordination I was a primary school teacher for 31years. The realisation and acceptance of my calling to priesthood was a very long process. I didn’t believe that God could possibly be calling me, a fun loving down to earth person who most certainly was not holy or worthy enough. It took me a very long time to acknowledge that even though God knew me inside out he wanted me for who I was. It is an immense privilege to be part of the vocations team, to help and encourage others in discerning God’s will in their lives.

Rev Rosheen Browning I am currently the curate at St Andrew’s Church in Paddock Wood having been ordained in 2015 after training for two years in Cambridge. I have lived in Cheltenham, Falmouth, London and Rochester and I was first called to be a mother and a wife, then felt called to be an Art Teacher. Following 10 years teaching in secondary schools God called me into ordained ministry. My journey was bumpy as I tried to work out what this all meant for me, my teenage children and my husband. It will be a privilege to walk alongside others into what often feels like uncharted waters as they seek to discover God’s purposes for them

Archdeaconry of Bromley and Bexley

The Rev Alison Newman, Associate Rector of St Nicholas, Orpington.
"You don’t look at all like a vicar!’ is a comment I have sometimes received. In fact ordained ministry was the last kind of work I ever thought I would be engaged in, as a mother bringing up six children. God certainly has a sense of humour! I might sometimes wear a piece of white plastic around my neck but essentially I am, as I believe everyone is, on some sort of spiritual journey. In my work with the vocations department I spend time encouraging people to think how God might be calling them to serve Him. How they might discover and use their individual gifts. Ministry was never intended to be the work of just the clergy! Maybe, like me, you might find yourself pursuing a path you had never imagined."

“Revd Jane Edwards, Vicar of All Saints Belvedere, is married to Ted and has 3 adult children and 3 grandchildren.  Ordained in 2006, Jane trained locally at SEITE while she remained living in Tunbridge Wells and continuing her work as a counsellor, supervisor and trainer.  She served her curacy in the parish of Riverhead and Dunton Green, continuing to help with training within the Diocese.  Jane says: ‘Journeying through life with God is never dull and we hear God’s call in many and varied ways.  I’m looking forward to coming alongside those who wish to explore God’s call to them.  It’s an exciting place to be.”

Alan Mitchell is a Licensed Lay Minister and worships at St Augustine’s, Bromley Common, where he preaches and leads services. He is an enthusiast for re-imagining collaborative ministry and encouraging many more lay people to develop and use their gifts in the Church. As Head of Publishing for the Archbishops’ Council he led the team publishing Common Worship and Mission-shaped Church. Very involved in music, as Chair of the Rochester Area committee of the RSCM he helps to organise workshops and events to equip musicians to inspire the worship of their churches, breaking down barriers between traditional and contemporary styles.

 




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