"Over the years, God has given me a varied ministry: taking services, preaching, teaching, extended communion, baptism, confirmation preparation and pastoral care for both prison inmates and staff. Sustained through God’s grace!" Ian Levett, Reader.

Readers are nationally accredited lay ministers who are licensed by the Diocesan Bishop to preach, teach and lead worship. They play an important part in nurturing Christian discipleship in the church and wider world. 

Discernment and Training

The route to becoming a Reader is sometimes seen as a long process but it must be thorough, rigorous and challenging for the world in which we live.

To become a Reader, there is a thorough discernment process, followed by two years of initial theological and practical training. After this you will be licensed to the role and once licensed, you will further engage in ongoing continuing ministerial development.

You can read more about the process, discernment and training for becoming a Reader in our leaflet:

Readers' Ministry Leaflet | PDF





Contacts and information for current Readers

For general enquiries please email Lesley Steed based at the Diocean Office or telephone 01473 298510. Alternatively, you can email Barbara Hill, the Deputy Warden of Readers, telephone 07957 908981.

For those who are already Readers, please visit the Resources for Readers section of our website.



Caitlin Brinkley

Caitlin Brinkley - Case study

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