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Petertide Ordinations 2018 at Ely Cathedral - Meet Our New Deacons

Posted on Thursday 28 June 2018
On Sunday 1st July, the Diocese of Ely is delighted to be Ordaining our new Deacons at Ely Cathedral. All are welcome to attend the 10.30am service. Here is a little more information about each person being Ordained.

Andy Atkins - Ordained Deacon to serve in the Benefice of Chesterton St George

I am married and have five children and one grandchild. I was born in Brighton and came to faith in Christ as a teenager. 

I went onto study Russian at University and then worked for over twenty years with the missionary charity Agape in a variety of roles; overseas as a missionary in Bashkortostan, working with students and then as Agape’s CEO. 

Making connections between the Christian faith and contemporary culture has been a major influence on my path to Ordained Pioneer Ministry. I have a passion to plant the gospel and form church among the increasing numbers who, for whatever reason, don’t come to church and find the Christian faith inaccessible. I still support Brighton and Hove Albion. 

Kate Baker - Ordained Deacon to serve in the Benefice of Hartford and Houghton with Wyton

Coming from a completely ‘non-churched’ background, with a well-paid sales job, a flash car and numerous holidays a year, I thought I had it all sorted. I didn’t think there was any need for faith in my life and that it was just a prop that other people needed, but not me. But God had other plans. 

I was invited on an Alpha Course and had a life changing encounter with the Holy Spirit. I came to faith in Jesus and over time realised that I was being called to Ordination. This was not the carefully laid out plan I had for my life and I admit it was a difficult call. 

There have been many challenges along the way, including my policeman husband being run over and badly injured by a stolen car, but through it all God has been faithful. I have just completed my two-year course at Ridley Hall and I can’t wait to see what plans God has in store for me and my family 

Chris Campbell ordained as Deacon to serve in the Benefice of St John the Evangelist, Cambridge

I moved to Cambridge in 2010, having previously lived and worked in London. Studying Applied Mathematics at Imperial College London and before having children, I was a Maths Teacher in a central London school. 

I am married to a technical consultant with Accenture and we have two children. Although I grew up as a Christian, I moved away from the Church as a young adult. I came back to active faith through having children and the warm welcome I received at my local village Church. 

As my faith grew, I became more and more involved in the church, particularly within children’s ministry, and slowly started to recognise that God was calling me to Ordained Ministry.  I have been training at Westcott House in Cambridge and I am looking forward to serving as Assistant Curate at St John’s, Hill’s Road.

Mark Osborne - Ordained Deacon to serve in the Benefice of The Good Shepherd, Arbury

Originally from Hertfordshire, my quest to discover the meaning of life took me to Wales, where I studied Philosophy and then to London where I worked in night shelters, helping people to find a more permanent and settled home. 

Having discovered the meaning of life (Jesus), I arrived in Cambridge on my motorcycle. I promptly joined a church and an aikido dojo, intending to become a master in this enigmatic martial art, only to discover that the true purpose of joining was to meet my future wife. 

I have always had a keen interest in social and environmental issues, so I grew dreadlocks and worked in a whole-food workers’ co-operative. With married life came responsibility (I have three awesome children), so the motorbike and dreadlocks went and I became a project manager, building ‘affordable’ houses for local communities.  hen came the call to ordination. 

Miles Pateman - Ordained Deacon to serve in the Benefice of Stanground and Farcet

I was born in Nottingham in 1989 (just before the Berlin Wall fell). At the age of three-and-a-bit we moved to Tydd St Giles, following my father moving to Elgood and Sons Ltd to take the head brewer’s position there. 

My secondary education took place at what was, then, The King’s School, Peterborough; leaving me with an interest in German and History. I went on to Swansea University to read German – I was able to spend a year living and working in Austria as part of my course. 

Leaving Swansea with a 2:1 degree in 2012, I repeatedly failed to get a job until Royal Mail took me on as a postie. I worked for Royal Mail for two years until I moved to London to work in the North London Pastoral Assistants Scheme for a year before starting at the College of the Resurrection. 

In the past three years, I have completed a BA in Theology, being awarded a 1:1 – and am currently finishing an MA in Pastoral Theology (due to be awarded January 2019). 

Matt Phillips - Ordained Deacon to serve in the Benefice of the Ely Team

Matt grew up in the Brecon Beacons and moved to Cambridge to study History as an undergraduate in 2008.  Initially, he missed the Welsh mountains and didn’t plan on staying in this part of the world longer than necessary.  However, ten years later, he is happy that his own plans were interrupted and for the home that he has found within the Diocese of Ely.

After graduating, Matt took up a job as a children’s worker at a church in Cambridge. It was during this time that he met his wife and then began discerning the call to ordination.  Having spent the last three years studying at Ridley Hall and completing an MPhil in Anglican studies, he is excited to begin serving his curacy in the Ely Team. 

Joshua Shinhmar - Ordained as Deacon to serve in the Benefice of St George’s, Chesterton

I was born in London and became a Christian after reading a Gideon’s Bible that was given to me in school. I’m married and we are kept on our toes by an energetic toddler and an inquisitive baby. 

Before ordination training I worked as a Railway Mission Chaplain, ministering to staff and to the British Transport Police. I’ve also done some voluntary roles for fun. My favourites were Street Pastoring in Acton, and being a Padre for the RAF cadets, 1159 squadron, Edmonton. 

My favourite hobbies are playing table tennis and trekking. The most enjoyable adventure I had was trekking up a glacier in Iceland with our eldest daughter on her 21st birthday. 

I’m looking forward to curacy, hoping to combine my passion for pastoral care and proclaiming the good news of the gospel to serve the local community. 

Paula Spalding - Ordained Deacon to serve in the Benefice of Burwell and Reach

Married with two grown-up sons and a granddaughter, I will be a Self-Supporting Minister while continuing in part-time employment as Chaplaincy Co-ordinator at a large Further Education college.  

Originally working in a role to support D/deaf students, I also taught a number of subjects in Foundation Learning until the discernment process led me to chaplaincy work, particularly to supporting those in the workplace. 

Growing up in Kettering, I attended a local Baptist Chapel until my teens when I worshipped at the local parish church, being baptised and confirmed at the age of seventeen. 

After several house-moves and some time away from church, I began to attend regularly again after the birth of my younger son. My time in this parish has brought me through the discernment process to ordination and I am very much looking forward to continuing to be alongside the people here during my curacy. 

Robbie Strachan - Ordained Deacon to serve in the Benefice of Holy Sepulchre, Cambridge (St Andrew the Great)

I was brought up in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and began to follow Christ as a teenager. After school I spent six months in Burkina Faso, in West Africa. 

I read History at Exeter College, Oxford, and afterwards worked at St Ebbe’s Church as a ministry apprentice. 

I was married in 2014, just before beginning ordination training at Oak Hill College in North London. We have attended Inspire Church London since 2014. 

I enjoy spicy food, long-distance running, and writing short biographies.