Diocese of Portsmouth


We are all called to be disciples of Jesus Christ. Some Christians are also called to work or serve in a particular way, which they might describe as their vocation. That might mean using their skills to volunteer in their local church as a Reader, a webmaster, or an organist. It might mean a paid position as youth worker or evangelist. It might involve a short-term trip abroad to serve God with a mission organisation. Or it might mean becoming ordained as a member of the clergy, to work as a vicar, deacon or chaplain.

Our diocesan team can help you to explore your vocation. We run regular events where you can hear from those who have already discovered what God is calling them to. And we have vocations advisers who can talk one-to-one with you about your experiences of listening to God's voice. Why not read some of the stories below about how God has called people from our diocese, and see if those experiences resonate with you?

In the first instance, contact Canon Anthony Rustell, our Head of Mission, Discipleship and Mission, on 023 9289 9654 or anthony.rustell@portsmouth.anglican.org and he can put you in touch with the relevant person.


You can find out more about vocations and download information for Vocations Sunday (usually the 4th Sunday of Easter each year) from the national Church of England’s website: vocation.churchofengland.org

Portsmouth Pathway

We offer training for clergy and Readers on our Portsmouth Pathway. The training centre is located within our diocese and offers a mixture of academic input and practical experience. Ordinands and trainee Readers meet together on a weekday evening, making it easier for those who work to be involved. More details here.