Adelaide’s Anglican Church gained six new deacons and one new priest on November 28, when they were ordained in St Peter’s Cathedral.
Archbishop of Adelaide, the Most Reverend Dr Jeffrey Driver, ordained Margaret Annells, David Brown, Joseph Chung, Ben Cosford, Darren Russ and Joanna Smith to the Order of Deacons and Simon Marshman to the Order of Priests.
Assistant Bishop, the Right Reverend Christopher McLeod, was the preacher at the service and Mothers’ Union Promotions and Developent Officer, Enid Sutton, made a presentation to each of the ordinands on behalf of the Mothers’ Union.
The ordinands bring a wide range of life experiences to their roles.
Ben has been employed as a ministry assistant at St John’s Church in Salisbury since February but has previously worked with his wife Heather as a missionary in Mongolia.
Joseph, who currently works in parish ministry St David’s parish of Burnside, was born in Hong Kong and is passionate about reaching out to Chinese and multi-ethnic communities.
Darren worked in the IT industry for 25 years before training in Gospel Ministry and has served in Lay ministry in a variety of Adelaide Churches throughout his life.
A keen musician and previous English teacher who has worked in Anglican, Catholic and Lutheran schools in South Australia for twenty-four years, Joanna’s passion is making the Church culturally accessible to all.
Margaret, who has spent much of her working life as a Registered Nurse, completed her Masters of Theology in 2013 and moved from Victor Harbour to Adelaide in early 2015.
David studied Pure Maths and Computer Science before completing his theology degree and working with young adults in the Christian group Evangelical Students at Adelaide University.
New priest Simon, who completed a medical degree in 2005 before moving to country Victoria, returned to Adelaide in 2014 to take up the position of 7pm Gathering Pastor at Holy Trinity Adelaide.