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/ 30 June 2014

Thirty six new London clergy ordained at St Paul’s Cathedral

Thirty six men and women joined London’s team of clergy this weekend as they were ordained deacons at St Paul’s Cathedral by the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres.

The new deacons bring a huge breadth of age, background and experience to the family of clergy in the Diocese of London.

The number of ordinands has increased 14% on last year, reflecting our commitment to increase the number of ordinands by half over the next six years as part of Capital Vision 2020, the Diocese of London’s strategy for serving London in a way that is confident, compassionate and creative.

Among the new deacons are:

Ajay More

Ajay More will join the team at St James Church, Alperton in Willesden. Ajay was born and brought up in Maharashtra, India, where he worked as a hospital Microbiology Technician, before getting married to Kavita and moving to London where he trained as a nurse.

After practicing in A&E and Endoscopy Department for over seven years, Ajay felt called to expand his involvement in the church to full time ministry and trained at St Mellitus College.

Ajay’s particular interest is Asian Christian Ministry and expanding the ways that the Church of England reaches out to Asian communities.

He will be playing an important role at St James’s as the church supports the community during the regeneration of the surrounding area.

Peter Wolton

Peter Wolton will join the team United Benefice of Holland Park in Kensington. After graduating, Peter spent 30 years as a fund manager, working first in property asset management and then managing UK pension funds. He then went on to manage a number of businesses – one of which took him to Japan for four years – before taking up his position running a London-based not-for-profit primary school company, which aims to provide a first-class traditional education with a focus on developing a positive attitude to learning.

Peter has an extensive background in managing and growing businesses and is a firm believer that the best way to grow an organisation is to grow the people within that organisation, something he hopes to reflect in his ministry in Holland Park. Peter also hopes to use his experience to act as a bridge between the Church and the world of work.

Maxwell Hutchinson

Maxwell Hutchinson will join the team at St John on Bethnal Green in Stepney. Prior to training for ordination, Maxwell was an established architect, broadcaster and composer. During this time, Maxwell was a regular contributor to BBC Radio Four, BBC London Radio and Newsnight and even presented Songs of Praise on two occasions. Maxwell has received various awards for his work, including the Sony Radio award in 2009.

In 2004, when on holiday in Sri Lanka with his wife, Maxwell was caught up in the devastating Tsunami where he was declared missing, presumed dead. Maxwell survived by escaping to a mountain top village, where the local villagers supported Maxwell and his wife until it was safe to return to the town where they were staying.

Maxwell hopes to use his expertise as a musician and artist to help develop art projects connected to churches in East London.


The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, presided over the service as the candidates were ordained to the office of deacon, which is most often 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.

Thirty two priests have also been ordained by their Area Bishops, having completed their year of service and training since becoming deacons in 2013.

The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres said:

“The energy of the Church in London is thrilling but with it goes a deep sense of responsibility. Whatever we do for Jesus Christ in this the greatest cosmopolitan city in the world will reverberate in every corner of the globe. This is the high point of the year for me.”

The new deacons are:

Two Cities

Stephen BaxterSt Olave Hart Street
Ash CarterChrist Church Mayfair
Ben JonesSt Mary Bryanston Square
Michael LynchAll Saints Margaret St
Malcolm RileyChrist Church Mayfair


Maxwell HutchinsonSt John on Bethnal Green
Alexandra LilleySt Paul Shadwell
Graham StevensonSt Thomas Stamford Hill
Matt WallSt Mary Stoke Newington
Darren WolfChrist Church Spitalfields


Claire ClarkeSt Saviour Sunbury
Stephen FosterHoly Trinity Brompton
David LeeSt Peter Fulham
David MaclureSt John the Baptist Isleworth, Hounslow Deanery Pioneer Curate
Joel SalesSt John Hampton Wick
Richard WhaiteAll Saints Fulham
Russell WinfieldBrentford Team Ministry
Peter WoltonSt George Campden Hill with St John the Baptist Holland Road
Peter WynterHoly Trinity Brompton


Greg BannisterChrist Church Cockfosters
Kristin BreussHoly Trinity Swiss Cottage
Stephen ColemanSt Paul Winchmore Hill
Jon FinchSt Luke Oseney Crescent
Benjamin KerridgeHornsey Parish
Timothy MillerSt Mary the Virgin Primrose Hill
Andy PalmerSt JohnDownshire Hill
Oliver PetterThe Parish of Old St Pancras
Robert WilloughbySt Michael Highgate & All Saints Highgate [Deaconed in February]


Olakunle AyodejiSt John the Baptist Pinner
Julia Bevis-KnowlesSt Paul Ruislip Manor
Peter GoddenHoly Trinity Northwood
John JenkinsUxbridge Team Ministry
Andy JohnsonSt John w St James West Ealing
Ben LovellSt Paul South Harrow
Ajay MoreSt James Alperton

Missional Communities

Bola AdamolekunWestbourne Park (Latimer Minster) Missional Community

Image credit: Graham Lacdao.

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