New Deacons and Priests in the Diocese of Winchester

New Deacons and Priests in the Diocese of Winchester

On 2 July, 18 men and women within the Diocese of Winchester will be made deacons at Winchester Cathedral, along with 16 being ordained as priests. Meet the ‘new revs’ who have followed God’s calling to ordination…

Jamie Cann

Winchester: St Barnabas

I grew up in West London and felt called to ordained ministry in my childhood. My vicar was very supportive and helped me shape what it was I felt God was calling me to.

I moved to Winchester in 1994, to go to what was then King Alfred’s College. For various reasons, it was never quite the right time for me to train for ministry. I’ve spent the last three years training for ministry part time through the Diocese of Winchester School of Mission, which has allowed me to continue working alongside my training.

I’m married to Jenny who is a Dyslexia and Literacy Coordinator at a large secondary school. We have two adult daughters. Abbie has just finished her first year training for ordained ministry at Trinity College, Bristol. Beth has just finished her second year training to be a dietitian at Winchester University.

Please pray for us as we change churches and move to St Barnabas where I will serve my curacy. Please pray specifically that we settle quickly.

Jo Criscenti

Winchester East

My name is Jo, I have been on this journey since 2011, and finally by the grace of God, I find myself here.

I have finished two years of an MA at Church Mission Society in Oxford, now taking my dissertation into my curacy. I have completed the formation part of my training at Ripon College, Cuddesdon in Oxford.

I am serving my curacy in the East Winchester Benefice and I am most looking forward to being in a city environment, having worked in both coastal and rural areas before.

I am moving to Winchester with my daughters, Monica and Silvie, and I would appreciate prayers for them as they have just finished GCSEs and A’ levels and are awaiting their results!

Ian Dighe

Bransgore and Hinton Admiral

Ian Dighe has been a member of the Winchester diocesan community for many years, most recently being elected to be a diocesan member of the Crown Nominations Commission as they seek to appoint the next Bishop of Winchester.

Ian has sat on many Christian organisations’ boards over the past 35 years, including the Bible Society, Westminster Theological Centre and New Wine.

Of Anglo-Indian heritage, he chairs the Nominations Committee of the Bible Society with specific responsibility for the composition and diversity of the board of trustees.

Ian lives and serves in a rural parish, Milford on Sea, in the New Forest. He trained through the Caleb Stream at St Mellitus College, and upon ordination will be attached to Burley: St John the Baptist, in the newly created Forest Edge Benefice.

Ian has three married children, along with a host of grandchildren! His family include Jonny and Isobel, with grandchildren Laurie and Phoebe, Mark and Ellie, with grandchildren Eden and Mabel, as well as Ali and Charles and granddaughter Margot.

Nicola Ford


I have just completed my training at Trinity College Bristol and will be joining Basingstoke Church as Curate.

I moved from Norfolk with my husband Dave and two boys Eephy and Jed and dog Moses!

We would love prayer as we enter this new stage as a family, making new friends and putting down roots whilst we discover God’s heart for Basingstoke.

Katie Hodkinson


Katie is a Mum of two young children, Jessie (3) and Sophia (1), and is married to Tom who is the incumbent of St Andrew’s Charminster. She trained at St Mellitus College, studying for a masters which took a little longer due to the arrival and subsequent maternity leave of their second little girl.

Prior to training for ordination, Katie spent 5 years working at Lambeth Palace for the Archbishop of Canterbury on inter religious affairs. She spent much of her time in this role working with the Anglican church in Muslim majority countries in the Middle East, something she continues to do through her role as trustee for the Christian charity Embrace the Middle East.

Katie is passionate about seeing local parish churches become more reflective of their increasingly diverse cultural contexts and is looking forward to serving her curacy at St Paul’s Church in Throop. She is also keen to encourage other young women and young mothers in their discernment to ordained ministry.

Please pray for Katie and her family as they adjust to her starting her curacy after being on maternity leave.

Lorraine Kingsley

Winton, Moordown and Charminster

Lorraine Kingsley lives in Bournemouth with her husband Vern, their two cats and dog, and their youngest of three children (with the other two children living away in Winchester and Southampton).

Lorraine studied at Winchester School of Mission. She is staying local and serving her curacy at Winton, Moordown and Charminster parish – which is good news for Roobarb’s morning walks along the beach, for Lorraine’s love of paddleboarding and cycling along the promenade, for Vern’s kayaking, and for Joel’s studies! Lorraine and Vern used to run the charity initiative Toilet Twinning.

Please pray that the family will experience God’s peace and provision in this time of big change for not only Lorraine, but Vern and Joel too.

Chris Knight


I grew up in South London before going to Loughborough University to study Mechanical Engineering. After graduating, I worked at Rolls-Royce in Derby for eight years, developing Solid Oxide Fuel Cells for producing greener electricity and then testing large civil aeroplane engines. In 2020 I moved with my family to Ripon College, Cuddesdon where I’ve been studying and training for ordained ministry.

My interests include music, mostly in the English choral tradition, but with more recent ventures into worship songs via the college worship band. I have a strong liturgical and sacramental expression, with Ecological, Inclusive Church and generous hospitality being particularly important to me.

What has excited and attracted me to the benefice is the amazing diversity of work they’re already involved with, including wider networks of ecumenical partners through Churches Together Around Tadley (CTAT), the Deanery and Diocese. As a former Scout and Air Cadet, I look forward to working with these and other youth organisations, including the local schools. Fresh expressions of Church appeal to my creative side, allowing us to innovate, experiment and stretch ourselves in a range of church traditions. These strengthen us as existing disciples – whilst also attracting, welcoming and encouraging those of all ages who are yet to become involved.

Please pray for my family and I, and the people whom I will serve as I prepare to take on this new role.

Ian McGill


Ian is currently employed as a part time Associate Minister in Dibden parish, where he will continue to serve his curacy after ordination as an SSM. He trained as a Reader (LLM) with Winchester Diocese, and was first licensed in 2014.

Ian has completed his pre-ordination training through the Winchester School of Mission (WSM) on a part time bespoke basis.

Prior to working for his local church, Ian was employed for many years in the motor trade and latterly the motor insurance business, focusing on engineering.

Ian is married to Karen, and they have two adult children, a son, Dominic, and daughter Lydia.

They and so many others, church colleagues and friends, have been wonderful in their support, encouragement and prayers.

Ian would also like to thank all staff and tutors at the WSM for their wisdom, dedication and inspiration, supporting all who share in this journey to seek and serve the Lord where he has called.

Tammy Oliver


I’m Tammy. I’m in the final stages of the CMS Pioneer Leadership Training programme before starting my curacy with St Mary’s Sholing.

I’m lucky to have my wonderful husband Jon and our two children Sofia and Arlo joining me in this adventure.

I’m most looking forward to getting stuck into the community, connecting with people, and discovering what God is doing here.

I love being active, getting outdoors, spending quality time with people, and going on adventures. I enjoy almost all things creative, especially art, design, craft, dance, music, drawing, sewing, growing, and cooking.

I’d love you to pray for me and my family as we adjust to our new pattern of life, and that we might discern where best to join in with God’s mission.

Mo Pimenta

Bransgore and Hinton Admiral

I’m a retired nurse and have also been an English teacher, teaching English to doctors and nurses from other countries. I trained at Winchester School of Mission and previously at Moorlands College. I will be serving at St Michael’s and All Angels, Sopley, Christchurch, Dorset.

I’m looking forward to really getting to know the people in St Michael’s and seeing how I can best serve them and God. I’m also looking forward to having a bit more time to sing with my excellent choir, Questa Voce, and do the creative things I find so relaxing like sewing (I’ve made a lot of my vestments) and painting.

I’m married to Ken who was born in Africa, and we have to grown-up sons, one of which has provided us with the most delightful granddaughter. Please pray for my husband and our family. Pray for me as I find my feet in my new role that I will grow in confidence as I ‘step out the boat’.

Glenn Prince

St Swithuns Licence/Bournemouth St Clements

I trained with St Mellitus College in London following a transition from a career in sales for over a decade.

Studying has been both challenging and life-changing, an experience I’m incredibly grateful for. My title post is with a fantastic team at LOVECHURCH in Bournemouth.

I’m most looking to follow my calling along with my wife Abs and two daughters Ella and Kaitlin, to partner with God and see what He has in store for us, and to see Him move in power in Bournemouth.

Please pray for us as a family as we settle in, for schooling to be resolved, and for protection over us as we start this new chapter.

Debbie Veel

Basingstoke Down

Hello. My name is Debbie Veel and I live in Basingstoke. I am married to Chris and we have 3 grown-up children and 3 small granddaughters and an elderly ginger cat.

I have done the first year of my training at Church Mission Society in Oxford to allow me to finish my Graduate Diploma, alongside some amazing pioneers with extra – ordinary ideas about reaching non churched folk.

My final year has been with Winchester School of Mission, which has really helped me to see what parts of my faith are important to me and why. So it has been a bit of an unusual pathway, but one that that has been amazing and I have learnt so much, not just about ministry but about myself too.

I have been an LLM at St. Mark’s, Kempshott, now the Parish of Basingstoke Down, since 2013 and have been worshipping there for 20 years.

I was surprised (and doubly so being not exactly a ‘spring chicken’) for God to call me elsewhere to serve my curacy, so I am going to be serving my SSM curacy in North Hampshire Downs Benefice (Odiham and the surrounding villages).

It is all very strange to be leaving my St. Mark’s family, but exciting too. So I would appreciate your prayers for Revd Nicola and the church family I am leaving and for Revd Simon, the team and the church families whom I will be joining.

Ceri Webb


I’m Ceri, I lived most of my life in the South of Hampshire apart from about 8 years in South Wales and one year in the South of France!

I’ve just finished training at Trinity College Bristol where for some reason starting a PhD seemed like a good idea, and I am taking this into my curacy in the Benefice of Oakley with Wootton near Basingstoke.

I’m moving with my partner Deniyi, who is originally from Nigeria but has been in the UK for 16 years.

We are excited about village life and exploring the local countryside as well as getting to know the lovely people of St Leonards and St Lawrences.

Chris Whittaker

Christ Church Winchester

I’m training at Ridley Hall, and going to be serving my curacy at Christ Church Winchester.

I’m married to Cat, who is a primary school teacher, and I have three kids: Eliana (7), Amelia (7) and Jem (4).

Before Ridley, we lived in London for about 15 years, worshipping at St Paul’s Hammersmith.

We would love prayers as we settle in to life in Winchester, getting used to being in a brand new place. Thank you!

Rhiannon Wilmott

Winchester St Paul

I grew up in Southampton where I learned a lot of life skills though faith wasn’t a big part of my life until my 30s.

For the last 6 years I have been Children and Families Worker for Romsey Abbey, and for 3 years I have been training for ordained ministry with Winchester School of Mission.

I’m serving my curacy at St Matthew with St Paul in Winchester. I am looking forward to getting to know the congregation and serving God through these churches.

I’ve recently moved to Winchester with my husband Stefan, children Eadwyn and Ren and dog Sunny. My son Joel is living in Fuzhou, China where he is a teacher. 

We would appreciate prayer as we move churches and find our feet in Winchester. Please pray also for the parish of St Matthew with St Paul and that we, as a family, quickly become part of parish life.

Tom Young

Fair Oak

My name is Tom Young, I’m married to Amy and we have two boys: Zeke, who is 4 and Ezra who is 2.

I’ve trained at St Mellitus on the MA Chrisitian Leadership pathway and will be serving my curacy in Fair Oak.

I’m most looking forward to having Revd Jono Harvey as my TI; with his pioneering background I’m anticipating learning a lot from him, especially in areas of ministry that I have yet to have much experience in.

I will be grateful for prayers for a smooth transition into Fair Oak, specifically that the boys will settle well into a new area and a new church, especially with Zeke starting school in September!

Also being ordained Deacon:

  • Mark Ruffell
  • Chris Theobald

New Priests

  • Clive Beard                       
  • Stephen Bennett             
  • Tom Boulter
  • Ben Coulter       
  • Emma D’Aeth
  • Sam Dinsmore   
  • Chris Dodgson   
  • Sam Duckhouse
  • RanJan Emmanuel
  • Elliot Grove        
  • Ed Haycock
  • James McKinnel               
  • Jess Ross            
  • Rob Sawdy
  • David Smith
  • Tom Woodbridge

Have a look at the photos of these new priests being deaconed last year!