Meet our new deacons

Following on from this year's ordination services, we now explore the stories and calling of our new deacons

Fiona Pennie
Originally from Yorkshire, Fiona studied optometry in Manchester. Read how a love for all children led her to research into how babies eyes grow and then to working at Alder Hey. Following God's call to ordination, Fiona continues to work at Alder Hey but moves from being the Head of Optometry into working as a volunteer chaplain. 

Read Fiona's story here
Howard Leatherbarrow
Howard comes from a scientific research background, primarily in University laboratories. He has a degree in Microbiology, and a PhD in Bacterial Genetics. Although no longer a practising scientist (leaving in 2011 to take up a post with the Diocese), he remains passionate about science and is very keen that the science/faith debate is addressed in an informed manner, recognising that most of the perceived difficulties evaporate in the light of informed and open discussion.

Read Howard's story here.
Katie Miller
Katie previously worked as a contract climate research scientist at the University of East Anglia (in palaeoclimatology) and also as a writer and director for theatre (previously with a theatre company in Canada). More recently she directed for Frozen Light, a theatre company that creates sensory theatre productions for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

Read Katie's story here.

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