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Readers and LLMs

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. 

The Readers and LLMs Administrator is Lesley Steed based at the Diocean Office, email her or phone 01473 298510.

The Deputy Warden of Readers and LLMs is Barbara Hill, contactable by email or phone on 07957 908981

The Warden of Readers and LLMs is the Bishop of Dunwich, the Rt Revd Dr Mike Harrison, who may be contacted by email or by phone at the Bishops' Office on 01473 252829. 


Readers' Handbook

Full of information about Reader ministry, and essential reading for Readers, clergy and those interested in the ministry.  Much is also relevant to others in Licensed Lay Ministry.

Readers' Handbook | PDF


Annual Review and Return

The 2018 Annual Review and Return form is due back by 25 January 2019.  The form is available to download here:

Annual Review and Return | Word


Assistant Wardens of Readers

Their role is:

  • Praying regularly for Readers and LLMs in their area
  • Maintaining close contact with Readers and LLMs, and being alert to pastoral difficulties
  • Conducting Ministry Development Reviews
  • Being a conduit for issues and concerns raised about policy and practice
  • Encouraging incumbents to identify new ministers and promoting lay ministries
  • Acting as Vocation Advisor and being part of the discernment process
  • Supporting lay ministers moving from another diocese or benefice
  • Attending Council meetings and supporting the organisation of meetings and events organised for Readers and LLMs. 

Please contact your Assistant Warden if you need any support and encouragement – they are there to sustain you in your ministry.


Readers: Ministry Pioneers since 1866

This very readable short book charts the history of Reader ministry in this diocese since 1914, when it was first formed.  It was written by well-known author and church historian Roy Tricker BEM to mark the 150th anniversary of the Reader movement as we know it in 2016 and contains fascinating facts and interesting memories and stories.  The book is available from the Readers and LLMs' Administrator for £2.50 plus p+p, just email or phone 01473 298510 to order your copy.