Diocese of Portsmouth

Readers from across the diocese gathered to reaffirm their vows of ministry

Licensed Lay Ministers

Licensed Lay Ministers, also known as Readers, are lay people, called by God, trained and licensed by the Church, to preach, teach, lead worship and assist in pastoral, evangelistic and liturgical work.

There are around 150 Licensed Lay Ministers in our diocese working with clergy and churchgoers in communities across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to take Christ’s love out to those who do not yet know him. Only by working together can we hope to see God’s kingdom realised.

Bishop Jonathan licensed two new Lay Ministers and one lay pioneer minister at our cathedral
Bishop Jonathan licensed two new lay ministers and one lay pioneer minister at our cathedral in 2023

New Licensed Lay Ministers and Pioneer ministers licensed

During 2023, three new Licensed Lay Ministers and one lay pioneer minister have been licensed by Bishop Jonathan. They are:

  • Vicky Evans, now serving in St Mary’s, St Andrew’s and St Peter’s, Hayling Island
  • Chris Nicol, now serving in Portsmouth Cathedral;
  • Jane Shyvers, now serving in the West Wight Mission Community; and
  • Katie Moritz (lay pioneer), now serving at St Faith’s, Lee-on-the-Solent. 

You can read more here about the licensing service in our cathedral where three of these lay ministers were licensed.

Next licensing service

The next licensing service for new Licensed Lay Ministers will be:

  • Saturday 22nd June, 11am, at Portsmouth Cathedral

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visit the National Church’s Reader website