Ordination of Captain Paul Tyler
Friday 1st December 2017
It is a rare occurrence that an ordination is conducted locally in a parish church, and of a single individual. Usually whole ‘cohorts’ are ordained in Cathedrals, most commonly at Petertide. However, on Wednesday 29 November, on the Eve of St Andrew’s Day, Captain Paul Tyler was ordained by Bishop Mike at the Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul Lavenham.
Captain Paul served as a Church Army Officer for many years. In this Diocese, he has served for five years in the North Bury Team before moving, last May, to the Benefice of Lavenham and Preston St Mary where he has continued in the role of Community Minister.
From his Ordination he becomes the Revd Captain Paul Tyler (the ‘Captain’ is a life-long Church Army title). Paul is on course to be ordained as priest at Petertide next year, together with those who were ordained as deacon at Petertide this year.
It was a wonderful service and the church was packed with supporters from far and wide.
Paul was presented to the Bishop by the Rector of Benefice of Lavenham and Preston St Mary, the Revd Stephen Earl, and the Revd Cathy Hitchins. Archdeacon David vested Paul in his red stole, being the eve of the feast day of St Andrew.
The Cathedral was represented by the Acting Dean Bishop Graeme Knowles and by Precentor Canon Philip Banks.