Self-Supporting Ministers (SSMs) in the diocese are assisted in their ministry by a team of clergy officers, one for each archdeaconry. SSM clergy officers are individuals who understand and support SSM ministry, meet regularly together with a member of the bishop’s staff to discuss matters of common concern and interest and link with the national Church on wider issues.

The SSM Officers also provide the following support:

  • Advice for SSM ministers and curates in each episcopal area concerning SSM ministry;
  • Advice for incumbents and SSM ministers on the preparation of Ministry Agreements beyond curacy;
  • Opportunities for meeting together;
  • Occasional events for training and support.
The SSM Officers are as follows:
BerkshireThe Revd Janice MacDonald | Tel: 01189 813590
DorchesterThe Revd Marian Needham | Tel: 07714 661102
OxfordThe Revd Mike Rayner | Tel: 01865 289244
The Bishop’s Staff Member responsible for SSM Ministry is:

The Venerable Judy French
Archdeacon of Dorchester | Tel: 01865 208245

The Mission Department Member responsible for SSM Ministry is:

The Revd Canon Charles Chadwick | Tel:01865 208246