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St Bride's is delighted to announce that we shall be welcoming a new member to our ministry team in the summer. Jeff Lake is to be ordained deacon at St Paul's Cathedral, on Saturday 4th July, and will assist at St Bride's as a self-supporting minister (SSM), alongside his secular work.
Jeff was brought up in Swansea where he lived until leaving to study at the University of Exeter and later the University of Northern Colorado and University College Worcester. Jeff originally trained as a physical education teacher before moving into public health. He has twice worked abroad at a Methodist School in the Bahamas and later at the Singapore Health Promotion Board. He is currently a Public Health Consultant in the London Borough of Barnet and lives between London and Lewes.
Jeff's wife, Sandra, lecturers at the University of Brighton in teacher education specialising in children's literature. Jeff and Sandra met whilst they were both PhD students at Worcester. Sandra was raised in Fleet Street, her father having been the caretaker at Serjeants Inn. Their 'two centre' lifestyle presents challenges but they both greatly appreciate the cultural richness of London and the Sussex coast and countryside.
Jeff was brought up in the Church in Wales but drifted away before returning to the faith at an Ashram in Bangalore! He has trained for ministry at the South East Institute for Theological Education, attending classes at Southwark Cathedral. His sending church is St. Laurence, Falmer.