Diocese of Portsmouth

Students on the Portsmouth Pathway
Students on the Portsmouth Pathway

Portsmouth Pathway 

The Portsmouth Pathway is our diocese's course for training licensed lay ministers and ordinands and is done in partnership with Ripon College Cuddesdon. It's based at St Luke's Church in inner-city Portsmouth and combines the learning of academic theology, the development of skills for ministry and the encouragement of spiritual formation.

When it was launched in September 2015, it was the first time that ordination training had been offered within our diocese. The teaching takes place on Tuesday evenings during term time and at some weekends. This pattern of non-residential training enables students who are working full-time or part-time to train for ministry. One of the virtues of the course is that Readers-in-training and ordinands study together and so experience and recognise the benefits of deeply collaborative ministry.

The Director of the Portsmouth Pathway is the Revd Dr James Grenfell who is supported by a range of academic tutors who are drawn from this diocese and further afield. The Tuesday evening sessions at St Luke’s include a shared meal, worship which is led by the students, and more formal learning. In addition to the teaching on Tuesday evenings there are residential weekends at Cuddesdon for both ordinands and Readers-in-training. In addition, ordinands have one residential week at Cuddesdon per year. The periods of residential study enable periods of more intensive study and enable students to meet those from other dioceses who are also preparing for public ministry.

The three-year course leads either to a Higher Education Certificate or Diploma both of which are accredited by Durham University.




Revd Dr James Grenfell

The Portsmouth Pathway
St Luke’s Church Centre,
Greetham Street,
Southsea,
PO5 4LH

Tel: 07759 974332
E-mail: james.grenfell@rcc.ac.uk