Sue Gent announced as Adviser for Ordinands and Vocations (Diocesan Director of Ordinands)

First published 12th May 2020

The Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Sue Gent as Adviser for Ordinands and Vocations (Diocesan Director of Ordinands). Sue will begin this role at the end of June.

Bishop Viv said:“I am really pleased that Sue has accepted our invitation to take up this key role.Sue is a person of wisdom, wide experience and a deep spirituality.I know that she will bring all this and more to the role as we seek to develop a thoughtful and robust approach to vocations in the Diocese.Sue’s professional background in law, counselling and spiritual direction, her experience as a parish priest and her recent work in theological education and ministerial formation will be gifts to treasure in the church which emerges from Covid-19.”

The role of the Adviser for Ordinands and Vocations is to support all those exploring vocation in the Diocese of Bristol, to oversee the discernment processes for licensed lay and ordained ministry, and to encourage a culture of vocation in the Diocese.Sue will be a member of the Ministry Development Team, and contribute to the life of the Diocese.

After serving her title post in Notting Hill Gate London, Sue established a chaplaincy ministry among those working in the City of London and was priest in charge of St Martin Ludgate. For the past eight years Sue has been a tutor in pastoral theology at Trinity College Bristol, responsible for contextual training and the non-residential track. Before studying for the ministry, Sue’s background was in law working as a solicitor and partner in London.

Sue said: “I am very excited about developing the strategy for fostering vocations across diverse communities in the diocese and I am looking forward to working with those who are discerning God’s call on their lives.”

The Revd Dr Simon Taylor, Director of Ministry Development said: “I am very pleased that Sue has accepted this role and am looking forward to working with her.She brings experience from a wide variety of places and will bring wisdom and imagination to her work with all those exploring vocations in the Diocese.”

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