The Diocesan Reader Training Course
The Course Staff
Charles Read BA, MPhil, PGCE is the Reader Training Coordinator and Deputy Warden of Readers. He is also Director of Liturgy and Worship with ERMC. Charles comes originally from Staffordshire and read Theology at Manchester University. He trained as a teacher and was Head of Religious Studies at Audenshaw High School. He trained to be a Reader at the same time and was a Reader at Holy Trinity (Platt) in Manchester Diocese. Subsequently, he trained for ordination at St. John's College, Nottingham while also researching for an MPhil in the early history of the Daily Office. After curacies in Oldham and Urmston and a secondment to two rural parishes, he helped to set up the Broughton Team Ministry in Salford, becoming the first team vicar there. Concurrently, he was Visiting Lecturer in Contemporary Theology at Regents College (the Elim Pentecostal training college) and taught occasionally on the Northern Ordination Course. In 1999 he became Lecturer in Liturgy and Doctrine at St. John's College Durham where he taught Anglicans, Methodists and Roman Catholics. In 2007 he became Vice-Principal of the Norwich Ministry Course, moving to his present set of posts in 2013. Charles is a member of General Synod and the author of several Grove Booklets on aspects of worship. He has (nearly) finished a PhD on gender inclusive language in Common Worship and also chairs the Diocesan Liturgy Committee. He likes hot chilli, cool 1960s TV programmes and would like to be an international conference speaker when he grows up. He is Associate Priest at St. Catherine's Mile Cross.
The Staff Mentors
Each student has a staff mentor who is an experienced Reader. Their role is to accompany the student in initial training and be the first point of contact for students. They work with the Deputy Warden and the incumbent / supervisor in providing support for those in training.
Our current mentors are:
My full time job is as a teacher in a Gorleston junior school where I also co-ordinate RE. I was admitted as a Reader in 2011 after three years of training. I have recently completed my BA in Christian Theology, including a dissertation considering the purpose of confirmation in the Church of England in the twenty first century. I am ministering as a Reader in the benefice of King’s Beck which consists of six villages between Aylsham and North Walsham. When I get some spare time I enjoy seeing my friends, walking, travelling (especially to Italy), cooking and reading.
The Teaching Staff