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/ 14 June 2022

Seven new Licensed Lay Ministers

Last week, seven candidates from across the diocese were licensed and admitted as Licensed Lay Ministers (LLMs). The service took place at St Alban’s Golders Green, and was led by the Rt Revd Rob Wickham, the Bishop of Edmonton.

Edmonton Area

David Hooke    Christ Church, Cockfosters
Samuel Kasumu     St. Margaret’s Church Edgware
Sirous Moghaddam    St. Peter’s Stonegrove

Stepney Area

Sara Cottingham    St Mary’s Stoke Newington

Two Cities Area

Jonathan Porter     St. Mary Magdalene, Paddington

Willesden Area

Eve Lawino Abe     St Matthew Yiewsley
Zengha Wellings-Longmore     St Matthew Willesden


Licensed Lay Ministers are the equivalent to what was previously known as a Reader. The term LLM came about in order to broaden out the areas of ministry, beyond the activities typically associated with Readers. LLMs can be involved in many different aspects of the life of the church, including adult education, small group work, mission and evangelism, pastoral ministry, youth and children’s ministry, workplace ministry, chaplaincy, and more. Click here to find out more about LLMs.


About Esther Stewart

Esther Stewart is the Communications Manager for the Diocese of London. An alumni of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Community of St Anselm, Esther has worked for the Church of England since 2017.

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