Ordinations 2022

On Sunday 26th June we welcomed  eight new deacons and seven new priests who were ordained by Bishop Donald and Bishop John in the Cathedral.

Those training for ministry in the Church of England are called ordinands. Upon successful completion of their training, they will be ordained a deacon by the bishop, and will begin a curacy in a parish. Curacy is an opportunity to serve alongside an experienced vicar, putting into practice the knowledge gained from their course and learning from them as they prepare for their own ministry. 

Deacons are able to do weddings and baptisms, but you must be ordained priest before you can preside over Holy Communion. Most are ordained a priest by the bishop after a year of curacy.

Here we meet those ordained in 2022 and find out a bit more about them and their journey to ordination. 

Meet the Ordinands ordained as Deacons

Holly Horspole

Holly is originally from Peterborough and has worked as a Community, Children and Families Worker for her previous church. She is passionate about the church being present in, and bringing the hope of, Jesus to the local community. Having undertaken her training in Bristol, Holly is looking forward to serving her curacy in Northamptonshire. She loves reading, crochet and being by the sea.

Holly will be serving her curacy in the Wollaston benefice.

Andrew Maud

Andrew is from Northampton and was previously a welder, fabricator and CAD draughtsman before training as a licensced lay minister and being called to ordination. He is married to Denise who is Rector of the Five Churches Benefice in Northamptonshire. Apart from spending time with Denise and his children Andrew enjoys reading, hill walking, surfing, Lego and watching sci-fi films. 

Andrew will be serving his curacy in the St Andrew & St Barnabas benefice, Wellingborough.

Kim McCloghry

Kim is an avid narrowboater and is a waterways chaplain alongside her husband Fergus. She was a midwife and took up training for ministry after her retirement despite having had a calling to the priesthood for many years. Kim undertook her training part time at Ripon College in Oxfordshire and when not involved in her many church roles likes to spend time reading, walking her dogs, sewing, knitting and playing bar skittles!

Kim will be serving her curacy in the Spencer benefice.

Evie McNally 

After working at the University of Northampton for 20 years Evie began helping out at a church led pre-school when her children were small and completed a certificate in Children's Ministry. After training at Ripon College Evie has been serving as a sessional chaplain at a hospital supporting people during their most painful and challenging times. In her free time Evie enjoys her annual trip to Cornwall to walk by the sea and bodyboard; listening to music whilst keeping fit and reading. 

Evie willl be serving her curacy at Weston Favell.

Tracy Pegram

Based in Kettering, Tracy undertook studying for oridnation with St Mellitus College at their London centre whilst gaining experience at St Peter and St Pauls Church. Tracy appreciated the breadth of Christian expression embraced at St Mellitus whilst also enjoying training admist a caring church family and college friends. Tracy delights in being able to get 'away from it all' to reflect and listen. 

Tracy will be serving her curacy in the Abington benefice.

Mel Stanley

Mel trained for ordination at Ripon College having previously worked as a residential property conveyancer in busy regional law firms where she particularly enjoyed unpicking complicated legal titles. When not walking or taking part in sports with her dogs, she enjoys doing up properties, gardening and exploring new places. 

Mel will be serving her curacy in the Longthorpe benefice.

Shilo Varughese

Having been brought up in a traditional Christian family in Kerala, Shilo had Christian ministry as a goal since childhood, but began a nursing career initially in India before moving to the UK.  On arrival Shilo found the local Anglian church opened their doors for migrant communities to use and this adaptability and welcome allowed him to explore the possibility of a vocation in the service of Christ. 

Shilo will be serving his curacy in the the benefice of Castor.

Rebecca Yates

After working in both the construction industry and as a primary school teacher Rebecca decided to train part time for ministry whilst still working.  She has two children and as a family they have enjoyed the charismatic worship and fresh expressions of church exemplified by the New Wine summer conferences and comes to ministry in a pioneering mold. For a little downtime Rebecaa might be found at a real ale festival sampling something new!

Rebecca will be serving her curacy at St John the Baptist in Peterborough.


Meet the Deacons ordained as Priests


George Frost

George was born and brought up in Northamptonshire regularly attending church from the age of 10-11 when he was baptised and confirmed. After studying divinity at Aberdeen University, George served as Intern to the Diocese of Sodor and Man before going on to train for ordination at Cranmer Hall. 

George is serving his curacy in the Whittlewood benefice. 

Clare Glover

Clare grew up in Kent and before her ordination worked as a GP in Northampton for 20 years. Her husband James is an airline pilot and she has two grown up children.  In her spare time Clare is a keen gardener and enjoys knitting and needlecrafts.

Clare is serving her curacy with the Uplands group.

Peter Heffron

Brought up in a military family, Peter has been part of the church since the age of eight when he became a Head Chorister. A youth exchange to Borneo through Lichfield Diocese was when he first became aware of a calling on his life. Intially training as a Reader before training for ordination at Ripon College, Peter is serving his curacy at St Alban the Martyr in Northampton. Peter is a self-supporting minister whose secular work involves running a consultancy. 

Peter is serving his curacy at St Alban the Martyr in Northampton

Jonathan Lee

Jonathan has three adult children and has been serving a fulltime curacy alongside his wife Sarah.  A former engineer and barrister Jonathon was appointed to the Queens Council in 2015 and sat as a part time judge in the Crown Courts in London and the South Eastern Circuit until 2020. He has a passion for music, both listening and playing. 

Jonathan is serving his curacy in Kingsthorpe parish, Northampton.

Sarah Lee

A former RE teacher, Sarah became involved in childrens ministry at St Albans Cathedral after having her children. During her ordination training at Trinity College in Bristol Sarah was involved in both older peoples work and youth work and is passionate about church being an inter-generational community. She has a life-long love of attending ballet classes and enjoys watching ballets, musicals and plays. 

Sarah is serving her curacy in Kingsthorpe parish in Northampton.

Shakeel Nurmahi

Having been passionate about church and faith his whole life attending youth groups and taking an active part in worship and music ministry, Shakeel completed his BA in Theology, Ministry and Mission in Bristol.  He took part in the Diocese's Echo Ministry Experience scheme serving as intern at St Andrews Kettering for two years. Shakeel is married to Cecily, a fellow ordinand from Cranmer Hall, and they have a labrador puppy called Aslan. 

Shakeel is serving his curacy with the Oakham Team.

Lesley Tomalin

After a 33 year teaching career Lesley trained as a Lay Minister and was very involved in her local church's children and family mininstry.  After training at the Queens Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education Lesley is currently an Assistant Curate.  Lesley enjoys worshipping and learning with other denominations and feels a strong commitment to ecumenism.  Her hobbies include reading, handicrafts, baking, travel and visiting places of historical interest.

Lesley is serving her curacy in the Mears Ashby benefice.