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Readers are lay people who are called to serve the Church in a preaching, teaching and pastoral ministry. They are theologically trained to proclaim the Gospel, to lead worship and to minister effectively in collaboration with their parish priests. Readers can also be chaplains in organisations such as the emergency services, prisons and schools. They may also be involved in leading  Fresh Expressions of church.

Reader ministry is a long established, nationally accredited form of lay ministry within the Church of England. You can find out more from the national Reader website:

A Reader’s ministry is likely to include:

  • preaching and teaching
  • leading and assisting in worship
  • assisting with the administration of Holy Communion
  • pastoral work
  • conducting funerals with the consent of the deceased's family

In addition to these roles, Readers are often involved in teaching children, in youth groups, confirmation classes, marriage and baptism preparation, study and discussion groups. They might also be involved in Alpha, Emmaus and Credo courses - situations in which they can help people grow in faith.

Readers will also find informal ways of exercising their ministry by their presence and witness - in their place of work, at home, among neighbours and in the local community. They can be a focus and encouragement for the witness of other Christians.

Training days, retreats and events

Invitations to training days, retreats and events specifically for Readers in the diocese are usually sent direct by email or letter from the Warden or General Secretary, whose contact details are shown on the right of this page.

More about Readers


A Reader in conversation


Contacts for Reader

Warden of Readers
The Revd John Hall 01933 650278

General Secretary
Vyv Wainwright  01572 759157

Sub Warden (Greater Northampton)
The Revd Alan March 01604 405722

Sub Warden (Kettering)

Sub Warden (Peterborough)
The Revd Janet Tebby

Candidate Secretary
Andrea McAuliffe 01604 406776

Co-ordinator of Reader Training
The Revd Steven Palmer