Licensed lay Ministers (LLMs)

Licensed Lay Ministers (LLMs)

Licensed Lay Ministers (LLMs) are lay men and women, from a wide diversity of occupations and backgrounds, who recognise a call to serve God and his world through the Church of England. 

They work in a variety of roles and situations across the Church, being authorised by the Church of England to preach and teach, to conduct or assist in conducting worship, and to assist in the pastoral, evangelistic and liturgical work of the Church in the parish or area where they are licensed.

As well as their formal roles, LLMs have many informal ways of ministering by their presence, witness and listening at their places of work, at home, among their neighbours and in their local communities. They are informed lay people living out their faith in their different walks of life.

Currently in the Diocese of Ely there are 152 LLMs and they can be found in the following four areas.

  • Cambridge North - 31 - includes Deaneries of Cambridge North, North Stowe, Fordham & Quy
  • Cambridge South - 42 - includes Deaneries of Cambridge South, Bourn, Shingay and Granta
  • Huntingdon - 41 - includes Deaneries of Huntingdon, St Ives, St Neots and Yaxley
  • Wisbech - 38 - includes Deaneries Wisbech Lynn Marshland, Fincham & Feltwell, March and Ely

Warden or Readers

The Diocese of Ely Warden of Readers is Steve Mashford. (click the link to email Steve). Among other dutires, the Warden of Readers supports the discernment and selection of LLMs, as well as supporting those LLMs in the Diocese.

More information on Readers (known frequently as LLMs) can also be found on the Church of England Readers website here.  


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