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.

One Response to "Ordinations 2020 – meet the deacons!"

  1. Patzschke Reinhard   October 18, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    Dear Simon, I don‘t know why exactly I was searching for you. Yesterday I checked Holyrood Road, today I just googled your name and was curious about the result. And what a nice surprise to read these lines about you. Hope you are fine, all the best, stay safe, greetings to your lovely family and your wife.

    With kind regards

    Reinhard D. Patzschke


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