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On the afternoon of Saturday 4th July, at St Paul's Cathedral, the Rector and members of the St Bride's congregation were delighted to attend the ordination to the diaconate of the Revd Dr Jeff Lake, who is our new Assistant Curate.
It was a great pleasure to welcome Jeff and his wife Sandra to St Bride's the following day for his first Sunday with us.
Jeff brings a wealth of skills and experience from his secular employment (he is continuing his work as a public health consultant, alongside his ministry here), and he will be a tremendous addition to our team here.
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.