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Diocesan Director of Ministry

The Revd Preb Dr Neil Evans

The Revd Preb Dr Neil Evans is Director of Ministry, DDO and Warden of Lay Ministry for the Diocese of London. He has been working in the field of ministry development for around 20 years, first alongside parish ministry and more recently in a full time capacity. Neil has been vicar of two parishes – for ten years in Stoke Newington and subsequently for seven years in Twickenham, following a curacy in Bethnal Green. He is a Prebendary of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Before ordination he worked as a manager in the Health Service. He gained an MA in Pastoral Theology from Heythrop College in 1993 and was awarded a Doctor of Ministry and Theology from King’s College London in 2010. He is a keen supporter and season ticket holder for Harlequins Rugby Club.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Developing in Ministry Neil Evans (SPCK. 2012)
  • What Can Churches Learn from their Past Neil Evans & John Maiden (Grove Books. 2012)
  • Developing Faithful Ministers: A Theological and Practical Handbook ed. Timothy J.M. Ling and Lesley Bentley (SCM. 2012) Chapter on Chairing Meetings

Kensington Area

The Revd Canon Miles Baker

 

The Revd Canon Miles Baker was ordained in 2002 and has twice served as an incumbent, first in Torquay and more recently, in Coventry. He also served as Director of Mission in Peterborough Diocese where he introduced Growth Action Planning.

Miles loves spending time with his wife and two daughters and enjoys running, walking and audible books. In particular, with a degree in history, he likes reading crime novels set in Tudor England… and moving to Twickenham can only intensify his love for rugby, a game he was re-introduced to whilst living in Northampton.

Having lived in Isleworth and Hounslow during his degree studies, Miles has a strong affection for the Kensington Area and the Diocese as a whole. He has a passion for seeing people respond to God’s calling on their lives and seeing the kingdom move forward through their released ministries.

Willesden Area

The Revd Andrew Corsie

The Revd Andrew Corsie is a Londoner who was ordained in June of 1993. Andrew has worked in the Diocese of London since then and has worked for the church in Ealing. In 2003, he was appointed Area Dean of Ealing until 2010. In 2014, he was appointed to the Training and Development role.

Andrew is married and has two grown up children. He is keen on keeping himself fit, interested in sport generally, and is a season ticket holder at Queens Park Rangers football club. Please pray for him, and them!

Andrew enjoys outdoor pursuits, reading and live music. Recently, he walked the Camino Way, a pilgrimmage route across Northern Spain and in summer, is learning the skills of kayaking.

Andrew loves being in Ealing and London generally and serving the people as and when it is needed. He enjoys being with others and is never so happy as when he is sharing with people the riches of the Christian faith.

Stepney Area

The Revd Preb Irena Edgcumbe

The Revd Preb Irena Edgcumbe has been Area Director of Training and Development in Stepney since 2012. Irena served her curacy at St Peter de Beauvoir Town, then served as Chaplain at Raine’s Foundation School in Bethnal Green and as Assistant Minister at St Paul Bow Common. In 2008, she became Vicar of St Anne with St Columba in Hoxton, with additional responsibility for lay training in the Area. Irena read theology at Oxford as her first degree and then went to work for SCM Press; rather more recently, she acquired an MA in Adult Learning and Professional Development from UCL. She is a Prebendary of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Irena loves to encourage and enable people to learn, grow, develop and find confidence in their gifts and calling, and in their faith. Unlike some her colleagues, Irena is not a card-carrying supporter of any sport, but she does enjoy sailing and cycling, in a gentle sort of way, and singing.

Two Cities Area

The Revd Canon Arani Sen

The Revd Canon Arani Sen is Director of Ministry for the Two Cities Area. Arani trained for ordained ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, studying Theology and Religious Studies, at Fitzwilliam College. Arani has served as curate in Islington and as vicar in Southall, both in diverse, urban, multi-cultural settings. For 11 years until 2019, he ministered as Vicar of Christ Church Upper Armley, Leeds, an inner city training parish, running major social projects, notably for asylum seekers and refugees. Arani is passionate about developing clergy, training curates and encouraging vocations, having a strong track record in this area, notably to BAME candidates. He has been a BAP pastoral advisor since 2011. In the Diocese of Leeds, Arani served as Area Dean and as an Honorary Canon of Bradford Cathedral. Before ordination, Arani was a modern languages teacher and faculty head, completing an MA in education.

Arani is married to Alison; together they enjoy learning Italian, and travelling extensively. They are keen skiers, trying to go to the gym and swimming. They enjoy the theatre, concerts and playing the piano. Having been born in Yorkshire, Arani supports Leeds Utd.

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Holy Spirit Radicals – Pentecost Acts and Changed Society (MD Publishing 2018)
  • Encouraging Minority Vocations – Resource Paper (CPAS, 2002).

Edmonton Area

The Revd Nigel Taylor

The Revd Nigel Taylor has been Edmonton Area Director of Training and Development since 2016, and before that was vicar of Christ Church, Barnet in the Edmonton Area for 19 years. Ordained in 1987 by Bishop Graham Leonard, he has worked solely in the London Diocese, first as curate in Belgravia, Two Cities, then as team vicar in Roxeth, Willesden, before crossing the border into Edmonton.

Before ordination, he studied Classics at Bristol University, worked as lay worker in the West End and inner city in Birmingham before being trained at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, where he spent a term teaching at an Anglican Bible College in Mombasa, Kenya with CMS. He is passionate about people being confident in their vocation, lay and ordained, and is currently lead for the Ambassadors programme and lay discipleship development.

In his spare time, he enjoys birdwatching, photographing birds, cinema as well as Scandi-noir crime thrillers, and seeing if Arsenal will ever win the Premiership again.

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