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“We have a God of wonderful surprises!”

The Diocese of Monmouth will be celebrating the ordination of five new deacons over Petertide, as well as five priests. 

Amongst the new deacons will be a serving industrial chaplain, a retired NHS consultant and an IT professional.  Each has a fascinating and unique story, displaying God’s hand on their life.

Dean Roberts

Dean Roberts recognised during his time in university that God was calling him into ministry in the Anglican Church, even though he describes himself as a ‘chapel boy’ and felt God’s call on his life whilst worshipping at a large free church.  His discernment took him to St Paul’s Church in Newport where he was offered work and the congregation supported him in exploring his vocation.  Dean says: “We have a God of wonderful surprises, and I’m wholeheartedly looking forward to serving him and his Church.”

Dr Andrew Dawson
Dr Andrew Dawson

Dr Andrew Dawson had a fulfilling career as an NHS Consultant, and in retirement became more involved in local ministry.  A change in circumstances in his local Church meant that he could see where more support was needed, and the discernment of his calling came from this need.  Andrew says: “My new experience is helping me reach a better understanding of spiritual mysteries as well as rapidly discovering more about the workings of the church, discernment and training for ordination.  Support from fellow parishioners has been wonderful, and I’m looking forward to continuing ministry in our four rural parishes.”

The Bishop of Monmouth, Rt Revd Richard Pain added: “It is always a privilege to be part of the journey of new priests and deacons.  Amongst our ordinands this year we have a range of backgrounds and gifts, which reflect the diversity of our Diocese.  We pray God’s blessing on this group as they take this important step to the next stage of their ministry helping fulfil the mission of the church.”

Ordinations take place at Newport Cathedral on Saturday 25 June, 10.30am – Priests and Sunday 26 June, 3pm – Deacons.

Being ordained are:


Andrew Dawson – Llantilio Crossenny and Penrhos with Llanvetherine and Llanvapley

Rick Hayes – Mathern Group –  also Industrial Chaplain to Tata Steel

Stephen Smith – Goetre Fawr Group

Sam Helkvist – Newport East

Dean Roberts – Bedwas with Machen with Michaelston-y-Fedw with Rudry



Revd James Henley – Newport, St Paul

Revd Jane Butler – Mynyddislwyn with Blackwood and Fleur de Lis

Revd Sue Hobbs – Rectorial Benefice of Cwmbran

Revd Jane Sims – Malpas

Revd Hilary Prest – Rectorial Benefice of Bassaleg