licensed lay minister

Licensed Lay Ministers (sometimes called Readers) have a ministry of teaching and preaching the Christian faith. This will often involve leading worship in church, but also may include teaching in bible studies or small groups. Other roles may include leading school worship, funerals, alternative worship and hospital visiting or other chaplaincy work.

Preaching, teaching and encouraging with the good news of Jesus Christ.


Brian Churchill

Diocese of St Asaph

Who am I and what do I do?
I was head of a large English department in a North Wales secondary school when I was training to be a Reader. I later became deputy head and head of another secondary school in North Wales. I am now retired. My responsibilities as a Reader involve taking services of matins and evensong, and other special services during Advent and Lent, conducting funerals, home communions, and practical organisational matters such as the parish monthly rota for readings, intercessions etc.

Training/Qualification to do the role
I trained in the Bangor Diocese Reader training Scheme in the late 1970s. I was admitted to the office of Reader in October 1980.

What Ministry means to me
As a Christian, I have an obligation to the ministry of Christian discipleship which involves serving others and also proclaiming the Gospel; that is, to be a Christian where I am. As a Reader, I also have a public ministry in which, among other duties, I am able to preach and teach on behalf of the church but I am also expected to abide by the teaching of the church and to accept its authority.

These two aspects of ministry overlap, of course, but the formal and informal opportunities to talk about Jesus and His Gospel that being a Reader allows is a huge privilege for me; a privilege that I keep trying to ensure is discharged on a bedrock of prayer.