New curate for Christchurch
Eight new deacons have been ordained and will join parishes across Hampshire and East Dorset.
2 July 2018: Jonathan Evans has become the new curate for Christchurch Priory following his ordination on Sunday 1 July at Winchester Cathedral by the Right Reverend Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester.
Jonathan was ordained alongside seven other people on Sunday, in a group ranging in age from 37 to 55 who bring a huge breadth of background and experience to the Diocese of Winchester. Before responding to God’s call to serve his local community as a Church leader, Jonathan was a barrister in London.
The Bishop of Winchester, the Right Reverend Tim Dakin, ordained the new deacons following two to three years of training. Deacons have a special role within the Church, often understood as the role of a servant as they take on a particular responsibility to serve the community and reach out to those in need. Deacons normally go on to be ordained as priests a year later.
Jonathan will be working in Christchurch, leading public worship and serving the local area, in schools and hospitals, and working in partnership with community groups to bring about social renewal and transformation. Working with his fellow new curates Jonathan will take responsibility for contributing towards the mission of the Church in the Diocese of Winchester.
Bishop Tim said:
“I am delighted to have ordained Jonathan this weekend. Deacons lead by example, expressing Jesus’ love for the world through their prophetic service. I look forward to working closely with Jonathan over the coming years.”
“I think of ordination as a responsibility and a privilege. I hope, by God’s grace, to become part of a body of people who together reflect and share God’s love for all of God’s creation.”