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/ 2 July 2018

Diocese welcomes new clergy for London churches

New Deacons will serve churches across the Diocese of London

38 new clergy have joined the Diocese of London, bringing a huge breadth of age and experience to the family of clergy in the Diocese of London.

The new deacons, who number 19 men and 19 women, represent many different backgrounds including financial services, youth work and television production.  They will be working in churches across London, serving their local communities and undertaking public worship, teaching and pastoral work.

The Diocese has been actively encouraging vocations under its Capital Vision 2020 strategy, including through the launch of the London Callings website to support and encourage people who want to explore ordination.

The Bishop of London, The Rt Rev and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, said:

“The Church is diverse and thriving in London and our new clergy are a glorious expression of that life.  I look forward to welcoming the highly gifted newly ordained Deacons so we can work on furthering God’s mission in the Diocese.”

The office of Deacon is appointed to those ordinands who have completed their initial training. A deacon will usually serve in a parish for a year, undertaking further training, where upon they will be ordained a priest.

London’s new deacons in 2018 include;

Sophie Schuil-Brewer, who will be based at St Martin Kensal Rise

Sophie worked in financial services in London for 20 years before beginning her training at Westcott House in Cambridge.  She worked for Barclays Wealth, and then for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme through the 2008 banking crisis.  She found her calling in 2011, becoming more involved in her local church St Thomas’, Hanwell, and taking on voluntary roles with Victim Support and St Mungo’s.  Immediately before training Sophie worked as Co-ordinator of Ealing Street Pastors, supporting volunteers from local churches to be on the streets late on Friday and Saturday nights listening, helping and caring for everyone they met.

Daniel Warnke, who will be based at St John’s, Hyde Park

Prior to training, Daniel was a product designer in Baker Street, a role supported by his local religious community in Greenwich, where he was also a church planter. Born and raised in South-East London, Daniel looks forward to engaging in the privilege of serving the parish, especially the poor and vulnerable, through sharing the message of Christ within the surrounding neighbourhood and beyond. Central to Daniel’s sense of mission is loving your neighbour, which he has embraced in his role as Parish Administrator at St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, where he has been based whilst training. He is also working on a DPhil at the University of Oxford, focusing on the need for the theology of the church to reflect the concrete realities of modern life.

Ayla Lepine, who will be based at St John at Hampstead (Hampstead Parish Church)

Ayla was born in Canada and found her faith when she was 15.  She moved to the UK in 2003 and studied theology at Oxford, before moving to London to study art history, acquiring her MA and PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art.  While at the Courtauld, Ayla was an assistant to the Church of England’s National Adviser on Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns, helping to develop the Church’s response to the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in 2007.  After finishing her PhD on Victorian architectural history in 2011, Ayla held postdoctoral fellowships at the Courtauld and Yale, where she was a research fellow at the Institute of Sacred Music, working with musician and theologian Maggi Dawn. Prior to entering theological college, she was a Lecturer in Art History at the University of Essex. During her time as an ordinand at Westcott since 2015, she focused on modern identities within the Anglican Communion, as well as equality and diversity within and beyond the Church.

Roxane Liddell, who will be based at St Mary’s Stoke Newington

Roxane had a varied career before taking her first step on the path to priesthood, working as a television producer after finishing film school, and later as a Project Coordinator for the British Film Institute.  She has also worked for housing and educational charities including the Shakespeare Schools Festival, and in a Primary School in North London, where she was raised and attended church as a child.  Roxane began her vocational journey at St Mary’s, Stoke Newington, a church that regularly engages with the local community via organisations like the Hackney Migrant Centre and Hackney Food Bank, which is hosted by St Mary’s every Thursday.  She will continue serving her local community there as a Deacon.

The office of Deacon is a step on the path towards priesthood and follows two to three years of training. The new Deacons will be working in churches across London, serving their local communities and undertaking public worship, teaching and pastoral work. After a period of normally a year, a Deacon is ordained to the priesthood. This year, 30 previous deacons will be ordained as priest, having completed their year of service and training.

Deacons ordained during Petertide ordinations 2018 and the churches that they will be joining

Jonathan AitkenSt Matthew Westminster
Matt CoombsSt Mary’s Bryanton Square
Scott FureyChrist Church Mayfair
Philip MartinSt Botolph’s Aldersgate
Ali MulroySt Paul Rossmore Road
Daniel WarnkeSt John’s Hyde Park
Daniel WhiteSt Margaret Lothbury


Duncan Cowan-GraySt Mary of Eton
Roxane LiddellSt Mary’s Stoke Newington
Anna MasonKings Cross Church
Tosin OladipoSt John at Hackney
Caroline TaylorSt John’s Hoxton
Matt WayHope Church
Aidan BartlettOur Most Holy Redeemer & St Mark Clerkenwell


Hugo FoxwoodSt Stephen’s, East Twickenham
Carole GeorgeSt Mary’s Sunbury
Caroline HalmshawSt Mary with St Alban Teddington
Mark HarrisChrist Church Kensington
Andrew HoltSt Helen’s Kensington
Edward Lees-MillaisSt Andrew’s Chelsea
Cara LovellSt Mary’s Hampton
Catharina Olsson-GisleskogAll Saints Isleworth
Heike PrenticeSt Peter’s Hammersmith
Lesley TateSt Katherine’s Westway
Donna WilliamsHoly Trinity Hounslow
Andrew HoltSt Helen’s Kensington


Andy CoatesWood Green Team
Rachel GreavesSt Michael’s Highgate
Ayla LepineSt John at Hampstead (Hampstead Parish Church)
Alison PhilipsAll Saints Edmonton
Judy RobinsonHoly Trinity Swiss Cottage (The Lighthouse)


Susy DandSt Thomas Hanwell
Simon JohnsonSt Paul South Harrow
Sam SanyaSt Stephen Ealing
Sophie Schuil-BrewerSt Martin Kensal Rise
Jacqueline ShalloeSt John Hillingdon
Alex VolossevichSt Mary Ealing
Elaine WeaverChrist Church Roxeth
James WhiteSt Martin Ruislip


Photo credit: Graham Lacdao

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