Ordinations 2020 – meet the deacons!

After inevitable delays due to lockdown, our 2020 ordinations services will finally be taking place in September. Last year’s Deacons – Jordan Allan, Sophie Cowan, Jenni Duffy, Kathryn Evans, Patrick Kelleher, Keri Morrow, Matthew Smith and Alice Watson – will be ordained as Priests, taking the next stop in their ministry calling. Eleven Deacons will also be ordained – we thought we would introduce them to you…

Simon Aley – Oakham, Ashwell, Braunston, Brooke, Egleton, Hambleton, Langham, Market Overton, Teigh and Whissendine

  • I am married to Carys and live in Manton in Rutland, having grown up in both Barnet and Potters Bar.
  • I have been both trustee and President of Time for God, a charity placing volunteers in churches and Christian organisations.
  • Music is a passion of mine and I play in a few recorder orchestras, usually on the bigger recorders (and they do get quite big)!

Yvonne Desroches – Northampton Emmanuel

  • I am a wife to Simon, a mother and grandmother. Friends and family are treasures I value.
  • I have 40 years’ worth of work in nursing, the Police Authority and community resettlement, which have helped me to view life through many different perspectives and with different lenses.
  • Photography is something I enjoy and has taken over from my previous passion of scuba diving!

Keir Dow – King’s Cliffe, Bulwick and Blatherwycke, Collyweston, Easton on the Hill and Laxton

  • I met my wonderful wife Cazzie when we both studying at the College of St Mark and St John in Plymouth.
  • I began my teaching career 20 years ago, and my roles have included Director of Rugby at Hitchin Boys’ School and Head of PE at a special needs school.
  • Speaking of rugby, Cazzie and myself travelled to Australia for the 2003 World Cup and got engaged whilst on our travels.

Nicholas Edwards – Moulton

  • I am married to Becca, a veterinary surgeon. We have a one-year-old daughter, two dogs and a guinea pig!
  • I used to be a primary school teacher, with a special interest in Special Educational Needs.
  • I enjoy DJing and playing the guitar and other instruments, but not proficiently enough to be of any use in church (yet)!

Michelle Frost – Irthlingborough with Great Addington, with Little Addington and Woodford

  • I am a deaf BSL user, and have previously worked as a support worker to people with spinal injuries.
  • I have two goddaughters, Tori and Milli, and a pet corn snake called Sizzler!
  • I have recently take up kayaking and enjoy spending time on the River Nene

Angela Hammett – Towcester with Caldecote and Easton Neston and Greens Norton and Bradden

  • My husband Chris and I have six grown-up children and one grandchild between us.
  • I have worked in a wide variety of people-focused roles, including teaching, young people’s services and public sector work.
  • I spend a lot of my time at home with my nose stuck in a book – when not being interrupted by the cats!

Kevin Montgomery – Corby St Columba and the Northern Saints

  • I am married to Kate, an Emergency Department Nurse. We have four children – three of whom are still at home – and a cat who thinks he’s one of the children.
  • Most of my working life has been spent in IT, and my passion over the last few years has been to see the Church use technology well.
  • I love photography of all sorts, particularly capturing the moments that bring back those special memories in people’s lives.

Kris Seward – Clipston with Naseby and Haselbech and Kelmarsh, Welford with Sibbertoft and Marston Trussell

  • I have been married to my wife Karen for 26 years – we have a dog called Archer and a cat called Tibby.
  • Before my time studying at Cranmer Hall in Durham (where I have spent the past two years) I was a police officer and dog handler.
  • In my spare time I love walking in the countryside, and also enjoy watching movies, American football and Formula 1.

Debbie Smith-Wilds – Uppingham with Ayston and Belton with Wardley

  • I am married to James and have two children, Edward and Bethany.
  • Prior to my training, I worked as a language teacher and in export sales.
  • I love to travel and visit other cultures.

Joshua Thorne – Rushden Whitefriars

  • I am married to Corrine, who works in safeguarding at a primary school, and we are expecting our first baby in the autumn.
  • My hobbies include spending time with friends and family, sharing good food, learning about history, and watching TV series and films.
  • I also enjoy playing music and I have a qualification in music from Canterbury, as well as a degree in Theology from the London School of Theology.

Alison Wagner – Northampton St Giles

  • I am married to Clive, a man of many talents – both practical and creative, and we have two teenage boys, Caspian and Dominic.
  • Before ordination, I worked as an actor for 20 years, mostly in radio and theatre. The aspects of acting I most enjoy, the collaboration and the storytelling, are things I hope to develop in ministry (I’m not sure how yet)!
  • I like dancing, singing and making things. One of my favourite things is walking and praying – observing what is around me and asking God to reveal things to me as I walk.

NB: Please note that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, only those specifically authorised by the Bishop may attend our ordination services.

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