"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:
Contacts and information for current Readers
For those who are already Readers, please visit the Resources for Readers section of our website.