There are over 40 Self Supporting Ministers exercising a wide variety of ministries across the Diocese of Newcastle
They include Non Stipendiary (NSM), Ministers in Secular Employment (MSE), Ordained Local Ministers (OLM), and House for Duty (HfD).
These ministries may be full or part time and be exercised in parishes, chaplaincies and diocesan roles in both rural and urban settings.
The Steering Group was established by Bishop Frank White and is currently chaired by Elizabeth Brown.
The group works to support this growing number of ministers, and plan programmes of events including an annual conference day.
We are there to support SSMs in all settings, especially the newly ordained or those new to the diocese.
One of the main issues being explored currently is documentation for self- supporting ministers.
The current focus is on Statements of Particulars, Associate Clergy Guidelines and Work Agreements which were designed with stipendiary clergy in mind, and are not readily transferable to self-supporting ministries.
The steering group aims to re draft them better to enable self-supporting ministers to have more realistic documentation to support their varied roles.
We are also working on other areas including SSM material for the Clergy Handbook, Training and Development, Transitions and Changes of Licence, along with SSM responses to Reform and Renewal.
We are more than happy to hear from any SSM who wishes to contribute to the work of the Steering Group.
SSM Steering Group members
Elizabeth Brown (Chair) trained at Westcott House and was ordained in Guildford Diocese in 2008 before moving to the North East in 2011. She is currently a Curate in the ministry area of Bedlington, Bedlington Station and Cambois. Also, with her husband, Nigel, since 2012, she is one half of the Clergy Executive Couple for the UK Anglican Expression of Marriage Encounter, and has presented with him as team on Marriage and Engaged Encounter weekends across the UK, since 2004, both as lay and clergy team. She balances these ministries with being mum to two active teenagers. Her previous work background was in outplacement and training/conference organisation, having worked in the management team of the 1998 Lambeth Conference, and in the King's Fund Leadership Development department. Tel: 01670 515 556.
Margaret Atkinson trained on Newcastle OLM Scheme as an Ordained Local Minister in 2007 at St Mary’s Fawdon. Margaret is a governor at North Fawdon Primary school and is also on the Patients Panel of the local doctors' surgery.
Tel: 0191 213 6596
Christine Brown trained on NEOC and ordained in 2004. Christine held management roles in the NHS, before taking early retirement. She was chaplain at St Oswald’s Hospice for seven years, and is now Associate Priest at Ponteland St Mary and a Spiritual Director.
Tel: 01661 824 196
Ann McGivern (Treasurer) trained with Lindisfarne and was ordained as a permanent Deacon in 2011. Ann is a hospital chaplain and Associate Minister at St Peter’s Balkwell.
Tel: 0191 266 5442
Dr Pat Moran was born and brought up in Newcastle, and on moving to Hertfordshire for her first teaching job met her Spanish husband Julio. She trained with Lindisfarne, was ordained in 2014, and serves as Curate at St Mary's, Monkseaton.
Tel: 0191 251 8200
Julie Robson trained with Lindisfarne and was ordained in 2012, now serving as Associate Priest at St Andrew's, Corbridge.
She brings experience of the construction industry where she was a Member of the Institute of Builders Merchants, and previously of the music industry where she toured throughout Europe as part of a pop group and later as a solo act.
Tel: 01434 603 958