Congratulations to our new Licensed Lay Ministers


Lindsey Baker, Margaret Davison, Janet Keene and Rosalind Steel are our new Licensed Lay Ministers.

Our new Licensed Lay Ministers are celebrating today (Saturday 5 November 2016) after their licensing service at Christ Church Cathedral. Read a short biography of each of them.

Margaret Davison (St Peter’s, Woolhampton):

“I was brought up in a Christian family, attending the village church and Sunday school most Sundays, but it wasn’t until much later in life that I realised the power of prayer and the real presence of God. I’m looking forward to continuing my ministry as a Licensed Lay Minister.”

Ros Steel (Christ Church, Abingdon):

“I became a Christian in my teens, and have always had a sense of God’s call upon my life. At different stages this has led me in various directions, from teaching and music to, more latterly, counselling and spiritual direction. This call to Licensed Lay Ministry feels like both an affirmation of the work I am already doing, and permission to step more fully into the role of a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. What a joy and a challenge.”

Lyndsay Baker (Carterton):

“I was shocked when I felt Jesus was urging me to step forward for lay ministry. Fortunately, my husband, two children and Carterton church family are very supportive. And, when I have trusted and obeyed Jesus he has proven what a faithful and awesome God he is.”

Charles Howlett (St Mary the Virgin, Amersham):

“I moved to Amersham in 1983 to work at Chilterns Crematorium, where I’ve been ever since. I married a local funeral director’s daughter, Annie, and we have two children and a grandson. I soon started singing in the local church choir and gradually got more involved and found God blessing me with the gift of faith.”

Janet Keene (SS Michael & Mary Magdalene, Easthampstead):

Janet is married and has three children and a granddaughter. When Church @ the Pines started up as a Local Ecumenical Partnership church plant from St Michael’s and the Methodist circuit in Bracknell, Janet and her daughter went to the first service. She was confirmed there, and continued to worship there. She works full time as an official for the National Association of Head Teachers.