Meet the Deacons

Six new deacons have been ordained by the Bishop of Ludlow, the Rt Revd Alistair Magowan at Hereford Cathedral on Sunday 1st July.
They will serve in parishes in both our Hereford and Ludlow Archdeaconries.
Please pray for them and their churches as they begin their ordained ministry.

Sue Jelleyman

Sue was brought up a Christian over the border in south Wales but it was bell ringing that brought her back to faith after a period away from God.

The welcome from Rushbury Church congregation and ministers allowed her to flourish as a Christian and to gradually build up her involvement and ministry.

It was then that she felt a sense of calling and initially looked at training as a Reader, but God persisted and she answered the call to ordained ministry, eighteen months ago when she switched to training for ordination.

Sue will serve her curacy in the Apedale Group as a Self Supporting Minister.

David Poyner

David is a university lecturer by profession and carries out research in pharmacology - the science of drug action.

He will be returning to serve in the church he grew up in at Highley. Several of his former Sunday School teachers will be attending his ordination.

It was at Trinity College, Cambridge that he was first asked if he had considered ordination. He thought seriously about this, but eventually decided to wait; if there was a call, it would come again.

About six years ago, the feeling returned and two friends started prompting him to train as a lay reader. Eventually he plucked up courage to ask Fliss, the vicar in Highley; she was very enthusiastic and asked him if he had ever thought about ordination. As soon as he got home, he phoned one of the friends who had prompted him to seek reader training, to tell her of the new developments. She simply replied "David, I'm not surprised".

Tim Starling

After 10 years as a human resources manager with Marks and Spencer, Tim switched to working for a national charity for 14 years.

It was while he was living in London that he became involved in leading services and co-running a home group.

During this time, Tim also became a director of the church when it set up a community charity shop as part of its outreach.

Tim is looking forward to moving to Stowe Caple where he can continue to combine his love of the countryside with exploring contemplation.

Elliot Swattridge

Elliot first found God after he was given a Gideon’s New Testament when he was a teenager, ten years later he’s being ordained in the Church of England.

Brought up in a non-Christian family he’s now longing to be a vessel to bring His wonderful name glory in the hearts of all people.

The 25-year-old’s greatest joy in life is simply being a follower of Jesus.

Elliot is moving to Hereford with his wife Nomi and he’s looking forward to meeting people in St Peter’s and St James churches where he will be serving his curacy.

Alison Walker

After living in Bristol for almost four years, Alison is switching the big city and a placement at the cathedral there for the rural market town of Much Wenlock and its surrounding villages.

Whilst studying at Trinity College Bristol, Alison admits the way she worships God has changed from ‘freestyle' with a band and long periods of singing to a more Eucharist centred service, to enjoying the quiet liturgy of evening prayer.

As well as serving her curacy Alison is also completing a PhD in Divinity and will be combining this work with that of parish ministry.

Tom King

Tom trained at Cranmer Hall.

He is to serve his curacy in Highley with Billingsley, Glazeley and Deuxhill and Chelmarsh.