Diocese of Chichester


Whom should I contact?

If you feel God might be calling you to some kind of vocation, it's good to have an initial conversation with your vicar or chaplain. If they are supportive, the first person you would normally speak to is one of our Vocations Officers:

The Revd Dr Paul Redparth, Diocesan Vocations Officer (if over 32)

The Revd Robert Norbury, Diocesan Young Vocations Officer (if under 32)

The Diocesan Director of Ordinands has oversight of the selection and training of candidates for ordained ministry:

Vacant

and is supported in this work by the Deputy Diocesan Director of Ordinands

The Revd Canon Lisa Barnett

Authorized Lay Ministry in the Diocese is overseen by

The Revd Jayne Prestwood

01273 421 021

Mentors for Ordained Ministry

The Diocesan Vocations Team is made up of 21 people from across Sussex (both DDOs and Vocations Guides) from a wide range of backgrounds, but you may value the support offered from the Church of England Mentor Directory

This resource is for those at any stage on the journey towards ordained vocations, who might feel that they would like to have a knowledgeable friend, who is like them, to accompany them along the way.

All the Mentors are volunteers who are passionate about supporting future clergy. While your Mentor will not be making decisions on your process, they will be available to offer support, encouragement and guidance.

You and your Mentor decide when, how and how often to meet and they will walk with you for as long as you need them to. For more information, go here.