The Bishop of Norwich ordains four new deacons

The Bishop of Norwich ordained four new deacons at Norwich Cathedral at the weekend.

At a service on Saturday the four deacons were ordained as OLMs – ordained local ministers – which means that they have trained locally and will serve in their home parishes.

The four deacons who were ordained are: Stephen Andrews, 54, who will serve in the Great Yarmouth Team Ministry. He was born in Norwich, educated at Martham Secondary Modern, and for the past 10 years has worked as an industrial chaplain where he ministers to staff and the public in a number of venues in Great Yarmouth.

Helen Garrard, 46, who will serve in Ranworth with Panxworth, South Walsham and Upton and Woodbastwick.

She works as a Macmillan nurse, is married to the Rev Nick Garrard, the vicar of the parishes in which she will minister, and they have four daughters.

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Maggie Swayze, 62, who will serve in Diss. She has worked as the parish secretary at Diss, is married to Neil and they have two daughters.

Paul Wilkinson, 48, who will serve at the Fountain of Life in Ashill. He works for a multi-national fire systems company. He has also spent time undertaking voluntary work in The Gambia. He is married to Colette and they have two daughters.

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