Licensed Lay Ministry

Readers are Licensed Lay Ministers in the Church of England. They are licensed to preach and teach in their parishes, to lead Morning and Evening Prayer, to assist at communion, but not preside, and to take funerals.

Many of our LLMs also provide pastoral help and support in their parishes.

All LLMs in the diocese are member of the Ely Diocesan Association of Licensed Lay Workers (Readers).

The Warden for LLMs is Steve Mashford. He keeps the records of LLMs in the diocese. Any change in contact details should be sent to him. Steve can be contacted via email at

Reader Ministry Nationally

Licensed Lay Ministry is a nationally accredited ministry with licensing being carried out by the Bishop.

For more general information about LLMs look on the National Readers website by clicking here.