Pray for our 2017 leavers
Our annual ‘Ember list’ draws on a tradition of Ember Days, which were formely set aside by the Church for fasting and prayer, and considered especially appropriate for ordinations. With this pullout centrefold we invite you to pray for this year’s leavers, and their families, as they prepare for their future ministry, whether it be in the world of work or in parish or lay ministry.
Dawn Airey and Chris (Ezra)
Formerly Social Worker
Parish: Wollaston with Strixton, Easton Maudit and Bozeat (Peterborough)
I feel incredibly privileged to have been given the time to train residentially here at Ridley, particularly time to immerse myself in the Bible and the formational process involved in being part of an intense community as we set our faces towards God’s missionary purposes.
Rich Atkinson and Lizzie
(Beatrice & Ezekiel)
Formerly Senior Church Leadership Team Member with responsibility for under 30s
Parish: Holy Trinity Brompton (Kensington)
I loved having time at Ridley to read, study, debate and think as well as meeting some fantastic people. It has been precious to have the space to allow God to shape and mold me, and our family, ready for curacy at HTB and whatever else God has for us in the future.
Formerly Assistant Chaplain
My time in the Ridley bubble has been a unique experience. It has been a pleasure to meet others who are also trying to pursue God’s call and proclaim his Good News to a sinful world. My two years here have been encouraging, challenging, frustrating, life-giving, ministry enhancing, terrifying, comforting and most of the time hilarious.
Mike Bigg and Katy (Matthew & Thomas)
Formerly Secondary School Head of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics
Parish: Brampton, Grafham & Ellington (Ely)
We are looking forward to moving about 10 miles up the road to begin a new phase of ministry and seeing where God is leading us. Ridley has been good for us; the formation in prayer, study and reflection will set us up well for parish life. Good friends and memories abound — it gives much hope for the future of Christ’s Church!
Wendy Carr and Jason (Aaron & Erin)
Formerly NNEB Nursery Nurse
Parish: St Peter & St Paul, Tonbridge (Rochester)
Moving to Cambridge to study at Ridley has been the most amazing adventure for me and the family. Experiencing an incredible balance of hard work with lots of fun and laughter whilst being shaped, challenged and grown in so many ways! We will miss Ridley but are excited to see what God has in store for us Tonbridge.
Samuel Carter and Angela
(Isaac, Daisy, Lucy & Henry)
Formerly Senior Policy Adviser, Ofcom
Parish: All Souls Eastbourne (Chichester)
Ridley had been a real blessing to my family and me. We have made good friends and
I have hugely benefited from the academic rigour of the Tripos and MPhil. I look forward to continuing by God’s grace to learn and flourish within the Church of England.
Jassica Castillo-Burley and Roy (Elnathan)
Formerly Senior Analyst, Wyeth Laboratories
Parish: West Felton & Whittington (Lichfield)
The training at Ridley has been outstanding. I have been challenged, taken out of my comfort zones in preparation for ministry, all with great support. It has been an adventure and has enabled me to see who I really am and what I am capable of. I feel more prepared for what God will do next . . .
Nduku Chika and Joy
(Princess & Prince)
Formerly Company Director
Parish: St Chad Chadwell Heath (Chelmsford)
All glory, honour, adoration, praise and thanksgiving be unto our God for what he has done and what he is doing. Ridley will ever remain ever Green in my life.
Adam Childs and Becky (Seth)
Formerly Teaching Assistant
Parish: Saint Mary’s Walthamstow (Chelmsford)
I’ve really enjoyed my time at Ridley; it has been a time of great change for us as a family. We got married just before we started at Ridley and have had our first child during our time here. I think I have changed a lot as well and I’ve really appreciated Ridley being the place in which that has happened. We are all really looking forward to moving to Walthamstow and are excited about what curacy will bring.
Formerly Campaigns and Digital Communications Coordinator
Parish: Transforming Wigan (Liverpool)
I have so loved being part of the Ridley community for three years. Each year I’ve been richly blessed and challenged, and have made some wonderful friends. I’m looking forward to working with a great team (including my fiancé, Sam!) as well as beginning married life up north.
Ant Dixon and Amy
Formerly Fundraising Consultant
Parish: New ‘mid-county rural resource church plant’ (Southwell and Nottingham)
In 2014 we arrived at Ridley two fresh-faced newlyweds; we leave three years on incredibly grateful for deep friendships, a time of growing in confidence in God and the gifts he’s given us and for the incredible community at Christ Church Cambridge who’ve loved and supported us along the way. New adventures in Southwell now await!
Formerly Sports Intern, Sweaty Church
Parish: St George’s, Gateshead (Durham)
I’ve loved my 3 years at Ridley making lifelong mates, being stretched theologically and setting a good foundation for future ministry. I’m itching to get going and involved with a church plant that’s nine months old as we seek to share the Good News of Jesus across Tyneside.
Becky Dyball and Alex (Noah)
Formerly Keynote Speaker Manager, Tearfund
Parish: The Ramseys & Upwood (Ely)
I have had the gift of being part of the Ridley community in my late teens (when my Mum Fiona Windsor trained) and now as an ordinand. On both occasions God has equipped, inspired and invoked the calling on my life. As a family we look forward to this next chapter and all it may bring.
Formerly Corporate Partnerships Coordinator, City Gateway
Parish: Christ Church Cockfosters (London)
I leave grateful for everyone I have learnt from in my time here and for having trained in such beautiful surroundings. I’m being ordained because of a longing to see the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed and God’s people growing in their love for him and would be very grateful for your prayers as I enter that joyful ministry!
Alexander (Lexy) Guest
Formerly PGCE (RE) Student
Parish: Waltham Abbey (Chelmsford)
My time at Ridley can really be summed up as an adventure where I laughed, grew, was challenged and transformed in ways that I had never imagined possible. My prayer life has become fruitful and deeper than I expected, and the friendships I have made will without doubt go with me and bring me joy for the foreseeable future.
Formerly Adult Psychiatrist
Parish: Holy Trinity & The Priory Churches, Nottingham (Southwell and Nottingham)
I have enjoyed the privilege of being part of this friendly, diverse prayerful community which has helped me grow in faith and commitment to my future role. I now look forward to returning back home and to putting the learning into practice. I do so knowing that I have the pleasure of continuing to journey with some of the good friends I have made here.
Sarah Hancock and Adam
Formerly Church Administrator at Soul Survivor Watford
Parish: St Francis Church, Luton (St Albans)
My two years at Ridley have flown by, it has been a great home to study, to be encouraged and challenged. I will miss being part of the community but we are excited to be moving to Luton to see what God is doing there.
Jacob Harrison and Zippy
Formerly Stepney Intern
Parish: Christ Church, Chorleywood (St Albans)
I am very grateful to have had three years to know Jesus’ love more deeply, to study the Bible and learn to sit more fully under its authority, and to be trained for ministry within the Church of England.
Gareth Howles and Naomi
(Lydia, Sebastian, Vincent & Wilfred)
Formerly Church Youth Worker
Parish: St Mary’s, Burley-in-Wharfedale (Leeds)
I have enjoyed my short time at Ridley. I have learnt a lot and made some great friends to help sustain me through ministry. It has been amazing to spend time in the beautiful city of Cambridge as a family but we are all looking forward to moving back up north to the hills and cannot wait to begin the challenge of sharing the good news of Jesus with the people of Yorkshire.
Sarb Klair and Karen
Formerly Hedge Fund Manager
Parish: St Nicholas’ Church, Thames Ditton (Guildford)
I have made some lifelong friends at Ridley. It has been helpful to see the breadth of views within the Anglican Church and receive some interesting teaching during my time at Ridley. Looking forward to proclaiming Christ and Him crucified.
Rachel Monie and Danny
(Jordan, Beth, Victoria & George)
Formerly NHS Manager & Lay Pastoral Minister
Parish: Atlantic Coast Cluster (Truro)
God has greatly blessed us as a family during our time at Ridley. He has also challenged us and surprised us repeatedly, not least in the unexpected location of my curacy! We leave here strengthened by the love and prayers of the Ridley community which give us confidence as we step into the exciting future that God has prepared for us.
Russ Morgan and Ann
(Amy-Linn, Gabriel & Isaac)
Formerly Catering Manager, Lee Abbey
Parish: St Andrew’s Cullompton (Exeter)
My time at Ridley was both formative and exciting. There were challenges but through it all, God’s purpose and grace shone through. I worked and studied with amazing people and am blessed for the friends I made while here. I leave Ridley with greater confidence in my ability as a minister and know that when God calls, he supplies!
Iain Osborne and Susan
(William & Mary)
Formerly Board Director, Civil Aviation Authority & Monitor
Parish: All Saints, Oakham (Peterborough)
God has been kind in giving me Ridley, and I have found joy in responding to His call. Moving into ministry seems possible now; not because I am adequate, but because He has such love for the people of Oakham.
Mark Pybus and Keren
Formerly Music Teacher and Freelance Musician
God’s plan for my life as I await ordination in 2019 are not clear as yet. However, I am convinced that it will be a time of grace and formation. Ridley has been a wonderful place of spiritual nourishment and learning. The loving community has been a great source of refuge and strength.
Jane Quinton and Graham
Formerly retired PA!
Parish: St Martin’s, Chipping Ongar with Shelley (Chelmsford)
I will be leaving Ridley still astonished that I have actually had the privilege to be here, train here, and meet so many wonderful people here . . . Even though assignments have sometimes seemed like a nightmare I still actually feel like I am ‘living the dream’. Ridley has been amazing and an absolute joy — God is good! :-)
Claire Robertson and Paul (Doug & Ed)
Formerly Piano Teacher: Duo-pianist
Parish: Two Rivers Benefice, Essex (Chelmsford)
Ridley has been an exciting and challenging adventure, experiencing different traditions within our caring and prayerful community. Thanks to H staircase and my wonderful tutors for all their encouragement and guidance. Paul and I are looking forward to moving to Steeple Bumpstead and experiencing what God has in store for us there.
Dan Ross and Amy (Caleb)
Parish: Christ Church Upper Armley (Leeds)
Training at Ridley has been both a wonderful and a challenging time of growing into my calling. I am very grateful for my time here and also for the wonderful family at St Paul’s, Cambridge. We are very excited about discovering what God has in store for us in Leeds, and beyond!
Formerly Special Needs Teacher, Dept Leader
Parish: Saffron Walden & Villages Team ministry (Chelmsford)
Ridley has been a wonderful experience and privilege, working and learning alongside a variety of people in Hall and the wider Federation. It has taught me disciplines of study and prayer that I look to continue as I learn more about ministry and growing a community of worshipping and witnessing disciples in my curacy.
Craig Sinclair and Sarah
(Audrey & Matilda)
Formerly Project Manager, Events Sector
Parish: Wulfric Benefice (Bath & Wells)
Ridley has been a great time to focus on study and to make some amazing friends.
I look forward to the ministry that is ahead of me and I am so grateful for all the ways that the community here has prepared me for that.
Roland Slade and Caroline
Formerly Mission Recruitment, CMS
Parish: All Saints Marlow (Oxford)
I’ve enjoyed being Social and Photography Deacon, and organising events like the college ball. It’s been great to live on F staircase and also enjoy the wider Cambridge student scene — singing in chapel choirs, playing in orchestras, and punting to Grantchester. I’m looking forward to being back in Oxford Diocese and keeping in touch with Ridley friends.
Formerly wandering millennial
Parish: Holy Trinity, Tulse Hill (Southwark)
I am thankful for my time at Ridley, especially the beauty of the gardens here. I am looking forward to the new challenge of finding beauty in an urban environment, but I’m sad to be leaving this place of peace.
Dan Tansey and Beti
(Abs, Christian & Sera)
Formerly Regional Manager, Christians Against Poverty
Parish: The Woottons, King’s Lynn (Norwich)
It’s been a great blessing to return to study at over 40 and to do so in such a fantastic environment. I’ve met many wonderful people during my time at Ridley and have been blessed to be a part of the community.
I now look forward to being let loose to serve and love the people of the Woottons in Jesus’ name.
Formerly Senior Children & Family Counsellor
Parish: St Cuthbert’s, Marton (York)
My time at Ridley has been an amazing privilege, where I have been challenged and grown. Living in community has taught me much about others, myself, and grace. As I look towards the future and follow God’s call on my life, I will take with me the countless blessings of love, friendships, fun, creativity, all shrouded in a life of prayer and service.
David Bartram Torrance and Christine
Formerly PhD Student in Divinity, Cambridge
Parish: Highfield & St Denys’, Southampton (Winchester)
I’m so grateful to God for drawing me to Ridley. Fellow ordinands are bright, kind and faithful. The tutors are passionate about bringing theology to bear on proclaiming the good news, deepening our worship of God, shaping our day-to-day lives and equipping us to interpret Scripture. I will continue to thank God for these people as I leave.
Sally Wallace-Jones and John
Parish: Benefice of Hingham & High Oak (Norwich)
I have loved being at Ridley and I will miss all the wonderful people I’ve met but I am looking forward to curacy. I am excited and slightly daunted about the prospect of joining a large rural benefice with eight churches; however, my incumbent, like me, was a student on H staircase, so I know I am going to a good home!
Andy Woodman and Jo
(Emilia and Bethany)
Formerly Hostels Manager, New Hope
Parish: St Thomas (Norwich)
I have grown in so many ways during my time at Ridley and enjoyed the change of pace from my previous job working for a homeless charity. I have learnt a lot and had a huge amount of fun! I am looking forward to joining the team at St Thomas, and to being a part of all that God is doing in Norwich.
Lay Ministry Students
Please pray for Ridley Hall lay ministry students leaving this year: Sam Buxton, Jess Chamberlain, Matt Cooper, Michelle Pratt, Fiona Roberts, Sam Smith, Claudia Stein-Carr and Jason Terry.