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:
West - The Revd Jessica Reid
East - The Revd Tim Bell
The Diocesan Director of Ordinands has oversight of the selection and training of candidates for ordained ministry:
Authorized Lay Ministry in the Diocese is overseen by:
We have a team of Assistant DDOs across the Diocese who accompany people discerning a call to ordained ministry:
The Revd Brian New (SSM), Horsham Deanery
The Revd Helen Garrett, Brighton Deanery
The Revd Giles Carpenter, Eastbourne Deanery
The Revd Emma Graeme, Chichester Deanery
Mrs Margaret Heald, Chichester Deanery
The Revd Canon Lisa Barnett, Horsham Deanery
The Revd Martin King, Horsham Deanery
The Revd Harriet Neale-Stevens, Midhurst Deanery
Mentors for Ordained Ministry
The Diocesan Vocations Team is made up of people 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.