Welcoming our #NewRevs!


The Archbishop of Canterbury ordained four deacons and Bishop of Dover ordained 11 priests at Canterbury Cathedral on Saturday.

The new clergy will serve in posts across the diocese in Canterbury, Sittingbourne, Ramsgate, Maidstone, Ashford, Dover, Faversham, Whitstable and Tenterden.

The Most Revd & Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury said: “As the ordinands offer their lives in a new way to serve God’s people, let us pray for their imagination fired by the Holy Spirit. 

"May we all be caught up in the desire faithfully to serve Christ, whether lay or ordained. May they be good shepherds of his flock, faith filled and humble servants.”

Each has their own special calling - listening and responding in many different ways. You can read all their stories here on our #NewRevs page here.

Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop of Dover said: “It is always such a joy to be part of the ordination of our sisters and brothers and be part of their incredible journey with God.

“Once again we have been blessed with extraordinary ordinands, all bringing their unique and diverse gifts to our parishes and I cannot wait to see how they flourish in their new ministry.

The four new deacons are:
Jane Barker (St Peter and St Paul, Borden and Holy Trinity, Milton Regis)
Claudette Gayle (Whitstable Team Ministry)
Charlotte Sleigh (Canterbury, St Martin and St Paul)     
Andrew Tapsell (Tenterden, Rother and Oxney)

The new priests are:
Miriam Bier Hinksman (Bridge Benefice)
Karen Burgess (King’s Wood)
Nicholas Carpenter (The Six)
Claire Coleman (Ramsgate, St Luke)
Andrew Edwards (Maidstone, St Martin)
Jack Greenhalf (Whitstable)
Susan Manners (Stour Downs)
Anthea Mitchell (Maidstone, St Paul)
Debra Scoble (Elham Valley Group)
Caroline Turvey (Kingsdown, Creekside and High Downs)
Jennifer Walpole (Saint Dunstan, Saint Mildred and Saint Peter Canterbury)

Photographs from Saturday’s ordination are available on our Flickr account here and the service of Ordination of Deacons can be viewed here and you can see the Ordination of Priests here.