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/ 3 February 2016

Five new prebendaries of St Paul’s Cathedral announced

The Bishop of London has announced five new prebendaries of St Paul’s Cathedral, in recognition of their valuable ministry to the Diocese of London.

The Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, the Revd Irena Edgcumbe, the Revd Nicky Lee, the Revd Gillean Craig and the Revd Graeme Rowlands have all accepted the Bishop’s invitation and will be installed during services at St Paul’s later this year.

The Very Revd Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s, said:

“I’m delighted that St Paul’s will have such a diverse group of new Prebendaries, representing a wide spectrum of views and ministries across London. We welcome them warmly, and look forward to working with them to strengthen links between Diocese and Cathedral in our witness for Jesus Christ in this great world city.”

The Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Vicar of St John the Evangelist, Upper Holloway, is to be installed to the Prebendal Stall of Islington. Karowei was born in Nigeria where he was a practising GP, before moving to the UK in 1989 to enter ministry. He studied for a BA (Hons) degree in Theology at London Bible College Northwood and trained for Ordination at Oakhill Theological College, Southgate. He holds a MA in Christian Missiology from All Nations Christian College, Ware. He was ordained in 1995 at St Paul’s Cathedral, served as Curate at St Mark’s Tollington and as Team Vicar at St John’s in the Upper Holloway. He plays the Bongos, Congas and Drums in a worship band. He has gratefully accepted the invitation by Bishop Richard to be prebendary of Islington, in honour and loving memory of his beloved son Joshua (RIP) and on behalf of the community he serves.

The Revd Irena Edgcumbe, Area Director of Training & Development, Area POT Director, Area LLM Training Officer and Area Director of Ordinands for the Stepney Area, is to be installed to the Prebendal Stall of Hoxton. Irena will be the first woman priest to be installed to the Hoxton Stall. Irena was ordained in 1995 and served her curacy at St Peter de Beauvoir Town in Hackney. She then worked as a secondary school chaplain in Bethnal Green whilst serving as assistant parish priest at St Paul with St Luke, Bow Common, and after that became priest in charge at St Anne with St Columba, Hoxton and part of the Stepney Area training team. She was Dean of Women’s Ministry for Stepney for seven years, and a member of the national executive committee for NADAWM.

The Revd Nicky Lee, Associate vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton with St Paul, Onslow Square and St Augustine, South Kensington is to be installed to the Prebendal Stall of Mora. Nicky was ordained as deacon to Holy Trinity Brompton with St Paul’s Onslow Square in 1985 and served as curate under three vicars before becoming associate vicar in 2007. Over the past 30 years, together with his wife Sila, they have developed The Marriage Courses and The Parenting Courses. Since being filmed and published, these courses are now being used extensively by churches in over 100 countries, including China, to strengthen marriages and support family life both in the church and in their local community.

The Revd Gillean Craig, Vicar of St Mary Abbots, Kensington High Street, is to be installed to the Prebendal Stall of Caddington Minor. Gillean was ordained at St Paul’s Cathedral in 1977 and has since spent his entire ministry in the Diocese of London. Prior to his current position, he has worked across three other parishes, as Assistant Priest at St Mark’s, Old Marylebone Road; Assistant Priest at St Barnabas, Ealing; and as the Rector at St George-in-the-East, Tower Hamlets. He has also served as President of Sion College and is the weekly TV critic of The Church Times.

The Revd Graeme Rowlands, Vicar of St Silas-the-Martyr, Kentish Town, is to be installed to the Prebendal Stall of Ealdstreet. Graeme was ordained deacon forty years ago to serve in the Company of Mission Priests at Higham Ferrers in Northamptonshire. He moved on to be Assistant Priest at Our Lady of Mercy and St Thomas of Canterbury, Gorton in Manchester and then at The Most Holy Trinity, Reading. He was made the Parish Priest of St Silas, Kentish Town in 1989 and appointed Priest in Charge of Holy Trinity in 1993. As well as his pastoral work he teaches music in the school. He is also Chaplain General of the Society of Mary, Priest Director of the Sodality of the Precious Blood and a Guardian of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.


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