We are pleased to announce that the Bishop of Southwark has appointed The Reverend Anne Bennett (photo) as the new Team Vicar in the Ravensbourne Team Ministry, with responsibility at The Ascension and at Holy Trinity.
After training and a curacy in Durham, Anne has been Vicar of St Matthew’s, Borstal, in Rochester; and also Prison Chaplain at HMYOI Cookham Wood.
Subject to the completion of the formal procedures, Anne and her teenage daughter are looking forward to moving to Blackheath, and it is planned that Anne will be licensed at The Ascension on 12 October 2017. Please pray for God’s blessing on her, and the Ravensbourne Team Ministry, at the start of this important new phase of ministry.
Introducing The Reverend Anne Bennett
The Reverend Anne Bennett has spent five years as the Vicar of Borstal, caring for a small parish in Medway. She shared her time between this role and being Chaplain to HM Young Offenders’ Institution Cookham Wood, ministering to young people aged between 15 and 18, and to the staff who work with them.
Anne enjoys most aspects of ministry, including working with children and young people, taking baptisms, weddings and funerals and leading worship. She appreciates many styles of worship, including traditional liturgy, contemplative prayer and the organised chaos of Messy Church. She is passionate about live music in churches, both classical and contemporary, and about creative and inclusive worship for all ages.
Anne has an open and liberal theology, believing that we are all made in God’s image and that diversity is to be celebrated. She is a supporter of Inclusive Church and is a member of One Body, One Faith, which campaigns for equal rights for the LGBT+ community in the Church.
Anne was ordained in Durham in 2008 and served her curacy in South Shields before fleeing to warmer climes. Before ordination, she was a programme manager for Sony managing major projects around Europe. She is still rather left-brained, and walls sprout spreadsheets and charts wherever she goes. Despite this, she does have a creative streak and is half of the partnership Craftio Divina, which this year is once again offering craft activities at the Greenbelt Festival. She enjoys creative writing and textile arts.
Anne lives with her teenage daughter Jasmine, who is studying A’Levels and hopes to do an Arts Foundation course. Her older daughter Keira is an artist living in Sheffield. Anne loves animals (those with four legs or less), and the family will be joined in Blackheath by Labrador Tiffany and Siamese Mini.