Welcome to our new Readers

Our new Readers were licensed on 5 July 2015 at Manchester Cathedral.

What is a Reader?

The Office of Reader is the only lay ministry in the Church of England which is non-stipendiary, nationally accredited, episcopally licensed and governed by Canon.

Readers are lay men and women, from a wide diversity of occupations and backgrounds, who recognize a call to serve God and his world through the Church of England. They are sometimes described as 'lay theologians'; their close contact with everyday situations helping them to interpret the Gospel, and to proclaim Christ's teaching both in the Church and in the world.

In collaborative teams with clergy and other church members they work in a variety of situations - in parishes, schools, prisons, hospitals, hospices, with children and young people, the elderly, housebound and bereaved, and with those preparing for baptism, confirmation and marriage. Readers are authorised by the Church of England to preach and teach, to conduct or assist in conducting worship, and to assist in the pastoral, evangelistic and liturgical work of the Church in the benefice or area where they are licensed.

There are almost 200 Readers in the Manchester Diocese. Pre-licensing training lasts for two years and is designed to develop theological understanding and practical ministerial skills.  


Download diocesan leaflets on:

A Guide to Reader Ministry

Called to Reader Ministry

Training for Reader Ministry

Visit the Reader website

Visit the Reader Missionary Studentship Association at  

Click here for the Readers' Digest newsletter.

House of Bishops' Regulations for Reader Ministry 





Reader events

For diocesan Reader events, click here and enter Reader as a keyword.

Some training for ordinands is also relevant for Readers. Training days with (R) in the title are likley to be relevant. Click here for training and formation days.

Reader Chaplains

Each archdeaconry has two chaplains for Readers – one Reader and one ordained – who together with the Warden and Sub-Warden offer a source of pastoral support and advice for Readers in the archdeaconry. Additionally, chaplains interview candidates from the archdeaconry who are offering for Reader ministry and are members of the Reader Ministerial Development Review team.

The archdeaconry chaplains would normally be the first point of contact for Readers seeking pastoral support or advice. This does not preclude direct contact with the Warden or Sub-Warden should a Reader have a particular reason for doing so. 

Bolton Archdeaconry 
Mrs Jane Mann 01204 411992
Revd Vinnie Whitworth, 01204 849079

Manchester Archdeaconry
Miss Avril Scott 0161 225 5243 
Revd Diane Brownhill 0161 432 1912

Rochdale Archdeaconry
Mr Neil Crane  0161 301 2693
Revd Nick Smeeton 07840 482280

Salford Archdeaconry
Mrs Sheila Radford 0161 702 8128
Revd Judith Copper 01942 673626

Warden of Readers
Revd Canon Dr Chris Bracegirdle  01942 859251

Subwarden of Readers

Dr Mike Stuckey, 0161 357 0155

Officer for Emeritus Readers 

Mr Keith Revill 01942 874367

Reader Selection

Your first enquiry about Reader ministry should be to your parish priest. At this stage, you may also want to speak to one of your archdeaconry chaplains.

In order to progress the enquiry, parish priests should contact the Warden of Readers who will provide the application forms and explain the process from there on.