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Self-Supporting Ministers

Some ordained ministers are self-supporting (SSMs) and serve locally, and some are stipendiary. Some are parish-based, while others serve in schools, hospitals, prisons and elsewhere as chaplains.

For more information about SSM, please contact the Revd Tony Redman, Bishop's Officer for Self Supporting Ministers.



SSM Easter News 2018 | PDF

SSM Leaflet | PDF

What is SSM? Leaflet  | PDF


I have been a Christian since the early 1980s. I worked for 35-years with the Metropolitan Police in a civilian management role and was much involved with the Christian Police Association in London before taking retirement.

I moved to Suffolk and trained for three years with the Eastern Region Ministry Course (ERMC). I was appointed to serve as a part-time SSM in my local Benefice of Woolpit and Drinkstone. I also work as a member of the St Nicholas Hospice Chaplaincy Team in Bury St Edmunds.

I have always enjoyed engaging with people and the local community and my appointment has enabled me to expand the privilege of serving others in a variety of church and secular settings together with learning more about myself and the love of God through Jesus Christ for all people. My hobbies include tinkering with old cars when I get time! by Mike Birt – SSM