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Petertide Ordinations in the Diocese of Southwark - Priests

28 Jun 2015

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On Saturday 4th July fifteen people are to be ordained to the Priesthood having served as a Deacon during the past year. They will each continue to serve their curacy in the parish indicated.  

The following are to be ordained Priest by the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, at 11am at Croydon Minister.  

The Revd Leonard Abrams Purley, St Mark (Woodcote)
The Revd David Coleman Horley Team Ministry
The Revd Matthew Drummond Limpsfield & Tatsfield Team Ministry
The Revd Maria Onuigbo South Beddington and Roundshaw  

The following are to be ordained Priest by the Bishop of Kingston, the Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, at 11am at Kingston upon Thames, All Saints.  

The Revd Richard Dryer Wimbledon, Emmanuel (Proprietary Chapel)
The Revd Dr Philip Krinks Battersea, St Mary
The Revd Sarah Liebert Upper Tooting, Holy Trinity & St Augustine
The Revd Andrew O'Brien Wimbledon Park, St Luke
The Revd Stuart Plumb Kingston Hill, St Paul
The Revd Jeffrey Risbridger Waterloo, St John w St Andrew
The Revd Jonathan Sertin Earlsfield, St Andrew

The following are to be ordained by the Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, at 11am at South Dulwich, St Stephen.  

The Revd Dr Jocelyn Downey Bermondsey, St James & St Anne
The Revd Dr Rebecca Lloyd South Dulwich, St Stephen
The Revd Mae Mouk Walworth, St Christopher  

The Revd Denis Hartley will be ordained by the Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, on 4 July at 3pm in HM Prison Thameside. He will continue to serve as chaplain in HMP Thameside and also will be Assistant Curate in the Thamesmead Team Ministry.  

The Revd Caroline Risdon will be ordained by the Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, on 26 September at 2pm in Greenwich, St Alfege and will continue her curacy in the parish.    

SHORT BIOGRAPHIES  

Those to be ordained Priest in the Croydon Area:

LEONARD (LEN) ABRAMS (60) was born in Kenya.He grew up in South Africa and has a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering. Len has spent his professional career working in water and international river basin development in Africa - he has worked as a Ministerial Advisor in post-apartheid South Africa and as a senior technical specialist in the World Bank based in Washington DC.Len lives in Caterham with his wife Karen and dog Toffee, and has two adult children.When he is not involved in ministry or continuing to work as a consultant in Africa, he enjoys riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society.  
DAVID COLEMAN (54) was born in Sheffield and has held roles at strategic and management level in marketing, communications, government relations, learning support and information management. He has been involved at national level with the work of the Christian Enquiry Agency, Inspire Magazine and Churches Advertising Network. He helped set up www.nowachristian.org David has been married for 30 years to Rosemary, a primary school teacher and has two adult daughters. He loves reading, theatre, film, opera, ballet, comedy, music and the arts and describes his favourite walk as 'by the river Thames from Southwark Cathedral to the Royal Festival Hall'. David follows the fortunes of Charlton Athletic, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United and his prize possession is a signed 1966 World Cup winners shirt.  
MATTHEW (MATT) DRUMMOND (38) was born, brought up and has spent the majority of his life in London.He was awarded a Degree in Social Policy and Administration in 1998 and a Master's degree in Politics and Government in 2002. Prior to beginning training for Ordination Matt worked for 12 years at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Whitehall.Matt spends his leisure time with his girlfriend, exploring book shops, reading and walking on the Gower Peninsula, South Wales.  
MARIA ONUIGBO (42) was born and brought up in Finland. She gained a degree in Christian Social work and was ordained as a Distinctive Deacon of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland in 2002, and has worked with many age groups, both in secular and church settings. Maria is married, and she enjoys reading and singing in her spare time.  

Those to be ordained Priest in the Kingston Area:

RICHARD DRYER (40) was brought up in South-East London. He studied Economics at Durham University before working in the investment industry for 15 years. He is married to Charlotte and has two children. In his spare time he enjoys playing the French Horn.  
PHILIP KRINKS (43) was brought up in High Wycombe where he was a chorister in the parish church. He went to Oxford as a Choral Scholar and studied Classics, then made his home in Putney. He has had a varied business career while studying philosophy and theology part-time at King's College London. Work took him from a dealing room in the city, to mines in Australia, via laboratories in the US. He enjoys family life with his wife and two children and is a keen runner. He can still occasionally be persuaded to sing.  
SARAH LIEBERT (49) was born in London and has returned to live most of her life here after diversions via Devon, Oxford, and occasionally Mexico. Before theological studies in Cambridge she took degrees in mathematics and computer science and wrote software for a living. In her spare time she enjoys the visual arts, especially oil painting and drawing, and writing fiction.  
ANDREW O'BRIEN (34) grew up near Bedford and became a Christian at university in Cambridge where he studied Natural Sciences. A year after University he married Rebecca who he met at Jesus College. Andrew and Rebecca have three children. After four years of working on farm conservation schemes in Cambridgeshire, Andrew and his family moved to London where he studied preaching part-time and worked as a children's and youth worker for four years. Andrew enjoys playing sport and hiking when he gets the chance.
STUART (STU) PLUMB (33) was born in Kent, but has lived for most of his life in London. He is married to Lucy, and they have three children. After earning his BA (Hons) in Youth and Community Work and Applied Theology from Oxford Brookes University he worked as a Youth Pastor in Ealing and then as a Worship Pastor in Reigate. He trained for ordination at Trinity College in Bristol completing an MA in theology. In his spare time Stuart enjoys playing football (he supports West Ham), music, reading and occasionally drinking a good red wine. He recently ran the Bristol half marathon and harbours dreams of one day running the London marathon.  
JEFFREY RISBRIDGER (57) has thoroughly enjoyed his first year as Assistant Curate at St John’s, Waterloo, including his role as Chaplain to the National Theatre. He has been involved in a wide range of parish and community activities, including the local commemorations for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the annual Waterloo Festival. He has especially enjoyed the privilege of ministering week by week to the wonderfully diverse church congregation, and is looking forward to the further opportunities his ordination to the priesthood will present. Jeff retired as a secondary school Headteacher in 2012, having worked in state education for 31 years, and trained for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon.
JONATHAN (JOHNNY) SERTIN (47) was born in Woking, Surrey before embarking on an educational journey that took in various sites including Chorleywood, Paris and boarding school in Bath. He spent much of his younger adult years overseas, working in missions with a relief and development focus, before returning to take up a post as a youth worker in Dorset, and get married. He has also been involved in exploring mission with youth; business, social enterprise, personal vocation and small hold farming. He is dedicated to local communities and cooperative living for indigenous transformation. He is married to Lisa and they have three boys. His passions include road trips, North America, family adventures, making fire, guerilla farming, home-grown food, coffee, film, rugby, second hand shops, listening to the dawn chorus and collecting books he never reads.

Those to be ordained Priest in the Woolwich Area:  

JOCELYN (JOS) DOWNEY (46) has a PhD in molecular biology and has had a career in medical research in the US and in the UK, where he specialized in immunology. Immediately prior to ordination training he was involved in the development of novel treatments designed to re-establish immunological function in patients with HIV and conducting clinical trials of these within the UK. His training took him to Cambridge, where he undertook MPhil specializing in examining issues of personhood within medical science and Christian theology.  
DENIS HARTLEY (61) was born in the North East. He joined the Merchant Navy as an Engineering Cadet and sees life in West Africa as a defining experience in his life as a Christian. He has worked most of life in engineering, doing some fascinating projects in China, India, Algeria, Italy and various countries in the Middle East. After a spell as a chaplaincy volunteer at Wormwood Scrubs in 2004 he trained at North Thames Ministerial Training Course for the distinctive diaconate and was ordained in 2007. Denis enjoyed his 5 years as parish deacon at St Michael's, Wood Green but returned to what he felt are his roots, prison ministry, joining HMP Thameside as Anglican chaplain in 2012. Denis finds prison ministry challenging but very rewarding.  
REBECCA LLOYD (37) was born in Boston, Lincolnshire, and grew up in North Wales. She studied music at Bangor University and then King's College London, graduating with a Master and PhD degree in historical musicology. Following university she spent seven years working in the Civil Service in a variety of policy and private office roles. She trained for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge. During her training she completed the Theology Tripos at Jesus College, worked as Dean's Clerk in the chapel there, and spent a term on exchange at Yale Divinity School. Her interests include music, especially JS Bach and playing the clarinet, country walks, and reading.  
MAE MOUK (32) was born and raised in Louisiana in the United States, where she obtained a degree in Politics. After university she moved to Washington, DC and worked in the legal field until moving to England in 2011 to attend Westcott House in Cambridge. She enjoys cooking, live music, playing and watching sports, and exploring new places.  
CAROLINE RISDON (35) was born and brought up in South Africa. She trained to be a Social Worker in Cape Town and came to work in London, via a brief stay in Ireland. Caroline has worked mainly with older adults and people with mental health problems. She particularly enjoys reading, making cards, cooking with her husband and listening to music.   Note: Some of these priests and deacons will serve in stipendiary ministry which means they receive the equivalent of a salary, others will be paid a stipend by their parish and some will be unpaid for their work as priests.

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