Bishop Rod has ordained 5 presbyters and 7 deacons during June and July: Sheffield Diocese at Sheffield Cathedral on 30th June:Deacon: Ben Tanner; Presbyters: Tom Brown, Stewart Deering London Diocese at Christ Church Mayfair on 1st July:Deacons: Nick Ashton, Luke Cornelius, Jim Houghton, Mark O’Donoghue; Presbyters: Scott Furey, Philip Martin Manchester Diocese at Manchester Cathedral
Bishop Rod confirmed 3 people at Dundonald Church in south west London on 21st July. Rod’s sermon was on Hebrews 11: 29-40 – Faith survives success & failure.
Bishop Rod visited St Giles on 7th July to take both an ordination and a confirmation. In the morning Steve Boswell was ordained presbyter and Will Eley was ordained deacon. In the evening Bishop Rod confirmed 10 candidates.
Rod confirmed 36 people at a service at St Nicholas Sevenoaks on 24th March. Candidates came from St Nicholas, St Mary Kemsing, St Mary Riverhead and St Katharine Knockholt. Rod preached on Ephesians 3: 14-21.
Rod led a service of baptism and confirmation at St John Wimborne on 24th February. He is pictured here with one of the candidates.
Grace Church Greenwich was licensed as a BMO at a service on 3rd February. Bishop Christopher, bishop of Southwark and Bishop Rod were both present. Bishop Christopher took the licensing and Rod preached. Pictured, from left to right: Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich; Rt Revd Rod Thomas, Bishop of Maidstone; Revd Dr
Rod joined Johnny Juckes, President of Oak Hill, at this event for those thinking of being ordained in the Church of England. The event was held at Oak Hill College and is being repeated in Manchester on 2nd February 2019.
On Tuesday 11th December the House of Bishops published ‘Pastoral Guidance for use in conjunction with the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith in the context of gender transition.’ Whilst sharing the desire to show pastoral care, the content of the Guidance causes me deep concern and I support the request from the Bishops of the Society
Rod took part in this licensing service, alongside Bishop Peter, Bishop of Barking and others from Chelmsford Diocese, on 19 Nov. Rob was previously Associate Minister at Harold Wood.