Supporting Reader Ministry

The lay ministry of a Reader is essential to the lifeblood of the Church of England

Our diocese strongly supports and encourages Reader Ministry,  to help share and promote the good news.

Predominately a preaching and teaching ministry, Readers are also gifted in leading worship. The Church finds the support of Readers in pastoral situations of great value. 

God calls many gifted people to this vital ministry. The Diocese of Liverpool is committed to properly selecting, theological training, and equipping and supporting our Readers in their ministry.

These pages give details about how we:

  • select Readers
  • train Readers
  • support Readers

Useful contacts

Tim Matthews - Bishop's Officer for Readers

The following email should be used for specific enquiries about anything to do with Readers and Reader ministry. This email is monitored by diocesan staff with responsibility for ensuring you are directed to the correct person for your enquiry.

Deanery Chairs of Reader Chapters

Huyton - Andrew Telfer

Liverpool North - Vacant
Contact Area Dean Revd Canon Bill Addy

Liverpool South - Matthew Hargreaves

North Meols - Christine Moyes

Ormskirk - Christine Donnelly

Sefton North - Andrew Thompson-Smith

Sefton South - Ray Glenn

St Helens - Emma Howarth

Toxteth and Wavertree - Vacant

West Derby - Victoria Allen

Widnes - Sue Smither

Wigan - Steve Clarke

Winwick - Rev Annie Houghton

If your Deanery is not mentioned above the post is currently vacant.  Please contact

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