Readers (licensed lay ministers) are lay people in the Church of England, from all walks of life, who are called by God, theologically trained and licensed by the Church to preach, teach, lead worship and assist in pastoral, evangelistic and liturgical work. The position is a voluntary one.
In many churches in Devon Readers play an invaluable role on the leadership team, whether it is leading services and preaching or helping with community projects, youth work, mission, caring for the vulnerable and developing new ways of being church.
You can train to become a Reader here in Devon. The course takes two years and is paid for by the Diocese of Exeter. You can read more about what it involves and how to apply here.
If you think Reader training might be for you please start by having a chat with your church leader. You can also speak to our Vocations Advisor Hannah Mears: firstname.lastname@example.org, 01392 294923
The Diocesan Warden of Readers
The Venerable Andrew Beane, the Archdeacon of Exeter, oversees Reader ministry in the diocese:
Emmanuel House, Station Road, Ide, EXETER EX2 9RS
Tel: 01392 425577 email Andrew
Deputy Diocesan Warden of Readers
01647 24468 email Carol
The Old Deanery, Exeter EX1 1HS
Tel: 01392 294911 email Hannah
Tel: 01769 560423 Email David
The Rev’d Stephen Weston
Tel: 01404 812979 Email Stephen
Tel: 01392 841753 Email Laura
Tel: 01752 872765 Email Jennifer
Tel: 01626 369881 Email Jeremy
ARCHDEACONRY HONORARY READERS’ SECRETARIES (for assistance in arranging cover for services)
Tel: 01271 327437 Email John
Tel: 01364 73093 Email Joyce