Ministry and Training People

Ministry Development Officer:
The Revd Canon (Miss) Amiel Osmaston     07584 684303

OFFICE: Church House, West Walls, Carlisle,CA3 8UE   01228 815406
HOME: The New Vicarage, Plumpton, Penrith, CA11 9PA   01768 885756

Amiel oversees the work of the whole Ministry and Training Department. Please contact her if you have any comments or suggestions about creating learning opportunities and resourcing the ministries of all church members and clergy. Amiel also has particular responsibility for lay training: she co-ordinates the Deanery Training Advisers (see separate leaflet) and organises various courses, such as “Called to Serve” (see separate leaflets).


Ministry and Training Administrator:
Miss Helen Chambers, Church House, West Walls, Carlisle,CA3 8UE   01228 815406

Helen runs the Ministry and Training Department office in Church House (see above), and is administrator to Amiel Osmaston. She can be contacted on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.


The Right Reverend James Newcome,Bishop of Carlisle

Bishop James has Episcopal oversight of this department, and also is personally involved in delivering much of the training, particularly for clergy.


Officer for Continuing Ministerial Education (CME):
The Revd Canon Ruth Crossley, The Vicarage, Levens, Kendal, LA8 8PY.   015395 60223

Ruth is responsible for providing in-service training for clergy, giving training advice after Ministry Reviews/ Appraisals, and overseeing sabbaticals.


Officer for Initial Ministerial Education Phase 2 (i.e. curates):
The Revd Roger Latham, 3 Firbank, Sedbergh Road, Kendal. LA9 6EG  01539 738480
Assistant Officer for IME Phase 2:
Revd Elaine Bates,  17 Harrel Lane, Barrow in Furness, LA13 9LN  01229 822149

Roger oversees the in-service training of curates over their 4 years, delivers the MA in Practical Theology, oversees the Curacy Assessment process and relates to Training Incumbents. Elaine assists him in this.


Ministerial Review Officer:
The Revd. Canon Michael Webb,  c/o The Vicarage, Windermere Road, Lindale,  Grange-over-Sands LA11 6LB    Office: 015395 34717

Michael organises the process of Ministry Review for all clergy in the diocese.


Officer for Non-Stipendiary Ministry (NSM):
The Revd Nick Hallam  Weatherlam, Hawkshead, Ambleside. LA22 0NR    015394 36069


Nick is responsible for networking with NSMs, representing their concerns and raising issues.


Diocesan Director of Ordinands:
The Ven George Howe    Bishop’s House, Ambleside Road, Keswick CA12 4DD    01768 773430


The Diocesan Director of Ordinands is responsible for people who feel that God is calling them to ordained ministry. This involves helping them through the discernment process and the C of E’s selection procedures.


Warden of Readers:
The Revd Peter Vivash, Thornthwaite Vicarage, Braithwaite, Keswick, CA12 5RY   017687 78243

Peter helps and advises people who are exploring a call to Reader ministry. (See separate blue leaflet). He also supports them during their training, and ensures that care and in-service training are provided for Licensed Lay Ministers (Readers).


Officer for Reader CME:
Mr Geoff Hine, Chapel Howe, Sebergham. CA5 7DY   016974 76308

Geoff works with the Warden of Readers to promote and co-ordinate in-service training for Readers


Warden of Local Lay Ministers:
The Revd. Canon Amiel Osmaston (as above)

Amiel advises potential Local Lay Ministers. She oversees the training programme and the network of support for those who are commissioned.


Spirituality Adviser:
The Revd Cameron Butland   The Rectory, Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9SW    015394 35326
Spiritual Direction Link person:
The Revd Helen Marshall   2A Eskin Street, Keswick CA12 4DH   017687 72467

Cameron & Helen are members of the Cumbria Ecumenical Spirituality Group.  This provides Spirituality Days, retreats and a two-year training for spiritual directors. Cameron is also available to help parishes develop in all aspects of their life of prayer.   People who want to find a spiritual director for themselves should contact Helen Marshall.


Healing Advisor:
The Revd. David Whitehead,  Autumn Garth, Harras Moor, Whitehaven. CA28 6SG  01946 66509

David promotes the ministry of prayer for healing in parishes. He also resources a network of people involved in the healing ministry across the diocese.


Counselling Adviser:
Mrs. Judi Whitehead, Autumn Garth, Harras Moor, Whitehaven. CA28 6SG   01946 66509

If you know anyone who you think needs counselling from a professional counsellor who is also a Christian, then refer them to Judi. Judi can offer counselling herself or pass people on to other suitable counsellors.


Adviser for Women’s Ministry:
The Revd. Canon Gill Hart  

Gill resources women clergy and the diocese in relation to issues about women’s ministry.



Deanery Training Advisers:
(Click here to go to the Deanery Training Advisers' page)

Each of the 11 deaneries has one (or two) Deanery Training Advisers working one/two days per week. Their role is to provide learning opportunities at local level in response to requests from parishes. They resource and advise parish clergy and lend course materials from the Deanery Training Bookbox. They are Training Co-ordinators for Local Lay Ministers, and can help people to explore vocation.