Eighteen to be ordained this summer

A former anaesthetist and a long-serving lay minister working with children and families are amongst the ten deacon candidates for this year’s ordinations.

The Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, the Rt Revd Paul Williams will ordain nine deacons on Sunday 30th June at 11am and seven priests on Saturday 29th June at 4pm in Southwell Minster. Deacon candidate Jamie Franklin and priest candidate Michael Vyse will be ordained by the The Right Reverend Glyn Webster, at St George’s Church in the Meadows, Nottingham on Sunday 30th June at 4pm.

 Julie Cotterill has been a ‘Fresh Expressions’ Lay Minister at New Cross Community Church in Sutton in Ashfield for the past six years – and with a committed team of volunteers, together they reach out into the community in many different ways which include Messy Church, breakfast clubs, ladies evenings, clothing projects, family cinema, and much more.

“I enjoy seeing people being transformed from non-churched to waking up to faith and seeing them become disciples and serving God,” says Julie. “It is a privilege to walk alongside people who live in such a challenging environment and it is very rewarding showing the love of Jesus by offering both practical and spiritual help.  It is a great joy to see people grow and develop in faith, serving God, one another, the church and to be witnesses in their own community.”

Apart from a few teenage years in America when her family emigrated to California, but didn’t settle, Julie has always lived in the Mansfield and Ashfield area. As a child she lived opposite St John’s Church in Mansfield and attended Sunday School there. Upon returning to the UK she continued at St Johns and joined a CYFA Youth Group, where on a CYFA holiday to the Isle of Man, she gave her life to Christ.

Julie met her husband, Steve – who is curate at Annesley with Newstead and Kirkby Woodhouse – through a college friend when she was 18 and they got married at St Johns in 1986. They have three children, Rebekah (29); Matthew (27) and Bethany (19).

“It has been a long journey towards ordination but I believe God’s timing is perfect.  Nine years ago God clearly led me to serve Him at New Cross,  however shortly after beginning  I received the diagnosis of a rare type of breast cancer.  Through this time God made himself known to me in a very real way, bringing peace beyond understanding, and that I was to ‘serve Him with gladness’.  Since my recovery I have been committed to serving God and during my time as lay minister have felt a growing sense to serve through a more sacramental ministry and sharing the message of God’s amazing grace.”

Julie will continue to serve her title at New Cross Community Church with The Revd Kate Byrom as her training incumbent.

Jonathan Mole came to Nottingham in 2005 when he took up a consultant post in anesthesia at the Queen’s Medical Centre.  He says: “It has been a time of stability, but also an exciting time raising four lovely girls and getting to grips with working in a large university hospital.  I’ve looked after patients undergoing major surgery for liver and pancreatic cancer and also taken the lead in developing anesthesia for emergency surgery in one of the busiest units in the country.  As College Tutor in anesthesia I was able to help develop a new generation of leaders – something I would also love to be able to do in church ministry.

“I considered ordained ministry when young, but felt a distinct call to being a doctor.  In recent years I sensed God preparing me for something new.  I tested various doors, including short stints as a missionary doctor in rural Zambia and Ethiopia. Then I felt God clearly say, ‘Now!’ and I knew this meant ordination.”

Jonathan is married to Kristine and they have four daughters, Elisabeth (18), Hannah-Maria (16), Esther (14), and Susannah (11).  “We have travelled a fair bit already.  Kristine and I first met in Israel, got engaged in KwaZulu and married in Norway!  During medical training we lived in a number of places in the UK as well as Australia.  Now we are excited to find out what God has in store for us next, and being part of what God is doing in Nottingham and our nation.”

Jonathan will serve his title with The Revd Mark Fraser in the Gamston and Bridgford Benefice.


 The other Deacon Candidates are:

 JOHN BLAKELEY. John was a teacher in Derby for 5 years before moving to the Nottingham Emmanuel School for 12 years, prior to his training for ministry at St Mellitus College, London.  John is married to Lynda and they have two teenage sons. John met Lynda whilst at university, married as students in 1998 and then moved to the East Midlands in 2000.  John enjoys running, cycling reading and playing the guitar, though not all at once! John will serve his title with The Revd Canon Steve Silvester in the Nottingham St Nicholas Benefice.

 TRACEY BYRNE. Tracey was born and brought up in Coventry, before leaving for university in Kent, and then moving first to East London and then Swindon, where she first began worshipping at an Anglican church where she was confirmed.  She has lived in Lincolnshire since the late 1980’s and met her partner Sandy when they were both working at a secondary school in Boston.  Much of her vocation has been worked out in education, social and community work, but since completing her MTh in 2002 she has worked as a chaplain at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln and King’s Mill, NUH and City hospitals.  Tracey and Sandy are longstanding and enthusiastic supporters of the Greenbelt festival.  She has trained for ministry on the Ripon College, Cuddesdon part-time pathway, alongside her work leading the charity OneBodyOneFaith.  Tracey will serve her title with The Revd Wayne Plimmer in the Beeston Benefice.

 BENJAMIN EVANS. Ben became a Christian at university and spent the next decade serving as a missionary to students in Bristol and Nottingham before training for ordained ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. Ben has been married to Elise for almost two years; they have no children and are currently debating whether cats or dogs are coolest. He will serve his title with The Revd Canon Mark Tanner in Radcliffe-on-Trent and Shelford Benefice.

 JAMIE FRANKLIN. Jamie trained at Ripon College, Cuddesdon and has been working on his Theology DPhil for the last few years and hopes to finish it off at some point during his curacy. Jamie is married to Lorna and they have two boys, Rafe (2) and Rupert (1). When not occupied with other affairs, he likes watching Tottenham Hotspur. Jamie will serve his title with The Revd Ian McCormack in the Benefice of Nottingham St George with St John The Baptist.

 BENJAMIN MARSTON. Ben grew up in Lancashire and studied History and Politics at Durham University.  He is married to Sarah and they have two daughters, Naomi (2) and Lydia (3 months).  After graduation Ben spent ten years working in student ministry, both in the UK and in New Zealand where he and Sarah first met. He enjoys spending time with family, walking, reading and growing vegetables – with a mixed record of success! Ben has trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford and will serve his title with The Revd Ben Clayton in the Retford Area Team Ministry Benefice.

CLAIRE MELLESS. Claire was born and brought up in Nottinghamshire, living and worshipping in Warsop. She worked as a teaching assistant before returning to education part time to qualify as a teacher. Claire worked as a teacher in a special needs school in Cotgrave until commencing ordination training full time at Cranmer Hall, Durham. Claire loves spending time with friends or her brother Andrew, relaxing over a coffee, watching a film, or going for a walk. Claire will serve her title with the Revd Kate Byrom in the Ravenshead Benefice.

 SUE PENDENQUE. Sue came to Christ when 16 at a Billy Graham rally in Aston Villa, was lovingly nurtured in a Baptist church in Coventry, spent many years in an Assemblies of God Church in Leicester as a children’s minister and then found her way and a home into the Church of England 6 years ago.  She is married to George, she is mum to Josh and Steph, mum-in-law to Alice and Andy and very proud ‘Nanna’ to Alaia and Erin.  Sue trained for ordination at St Hild College, Sheffield as a contextual student at St Peter’s Church, Ruddington. Sue will serve her title with The Revd Bridget Baguley in the Sherwood Benefice.

ALEX SHIELLS. Alex grew up in Newcastle Upon Tyne before moving to Nottinghamshire to study at Mattersey Hall Christian College where he met his wife, Catherine. They have been married for three years and are the proud owners of a black cat called Kasper and a miniature daschund called Charlie. Alex took part in the inaugural year of the Younger Leadership College internship programme in 2016 and trained for Ordination at St Hild College, Sheffield. Alex will serve his title with The Revd Luiz Lima in the Worksop Christ Church and Shireoaks Benefice.




 The Priest Candidates are:

 JACK BULL. Jack worked as the Creative Arts and Resource Co-ordinator with the Trent Vineyard Community for 15 years, with her husband Rich.  Jack and Rich met at London Bible College in the 1990s and moved to Rich’s native Nottinghamshire in 1998. They have two teenage sons.  Jack is serving her title with The Revd Matt Roberts in the Woodthorpe Benefice.

 MIKE FORSYTH.  Mike trained as a Chef before joining the RAF as a Logistics Officer, serving in the UK, Falkland Islands and Afghanistan. Mike is married to Rachel and they have two daughters, Evie (3) and Maddie (9 months).   Mike trained for ordained ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge and is serving his title with The Revd Andy Tufnell in the Chilwell Benefice.


RICHARD HANFORD. Richard was born in Nottingham to parents David and Karen. He studied Theology at the University of St Andrews. Richard met his wife Rachel when they served together in the Lee Abbey Community in Devon.  They then lived and worked in Bristol and Richard trained for Ordination at Trinity College, Bristol. He is serving his title with The Revd Dave Gough in the Worksop St Anne Benefice & Norton Cuckney Benefice.

 SIMON JONES. Simon spent almost 30 years working in the technology sector for organisations such as HSBC, Cable & Wireless and Microsoft. Simon’s work was primarily in sales across various account management roles.  Simon trained for ministry part-time at the Queens Foundation, Birmingham.  Simon is married to Helen who works as the Marketing and Communications Officer at The Friary, a Nottingham charity working locally to end homelessness. They have three children Becca (24) Georgie (22) and Matt (19).  Simon is currently serving his title in the United Benefice of Burton Joyce, Bulcote and Stoke Bardolph with Lowdham, Caythorpe and Gunthorpe and is thoroughly enjoying getting to grips with the challenges and opportunities presented in ministering in a multi-church, multi-Parish Benefice.

 JAMES MORING.  Following an internship with All Hallows, Bow, London and 3 years at the University of Kent studying religious studies, James trained for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge.  James got married to Joy last December, and they’re enjoying settling into life in Aspley. James is passionate about church being accessible for all whether that be in a traditional liturgical setting or contemporary worship, believing that God has far more gifts for His church that we dare to ask for or imagine.  James is serving his title with the Revd Rich Atkinson in the Aspley Benefice.

DEBORAH MOYO. Deborah spent her teenage years growing up in the Peak District before moving to study Theology at the University of Nottingham. This is where she met he r husband Mandla whom she married last July. Between university and training for ordination at St Mellitus College, with Barnsbury Parish, Islington, Deborah spent a year as an intern with St Christopher’s, Sneinton. She also worked as a receptionist in QMC for couple of years. Over these few years she was involved in the Church Army’s young adult programme, Xplore. Deborah is serving her title with The Revd Amanda Digman in the Carlton Benefice and the Colwick Benefice.

MICHAEL VYSE – Michael grew up in rural Norfolk. After a German degree at Leeds he entered the travel industry, initially leading coach tours in the UK and the continent, and then also working many seasons in Switzerland [where he was able to enjoy good food and conversation, hill-walking, rail travel and historic lake steamers] as well as in Egypt and Dubai. He trained for Ordination at St. Stephen’s House, Oxford and is serving his title with the Revd Canon Nicolas Spicer at Worksop Priory Benefice.

 GEORGE TREVOR WHITE. Before training for ordination, George spent most of his time playing music and recording/touring with different artists.  George is married to Kate and since being ordained last year they have adopted another guitar. George and Kate both love being in Nottingham and regularly proselytise about it to their southern friends. Last year, George completed his MA dissertation looking at theology and humour.  George is serving his title with The Revd Jonny Hughes at Trinity Church, Nottingham and has particular oversight for their young adult, creative & evangelistic ministries.

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