We are pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Sonia Barron as Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO).

Sonia’s role will focus on developing and embedding an active culture of vocational encouragement across the diocese. There will be a particular emphasis on young vocations, and ensuring that all sectors of the population are represented in the diocese’s ministerial body. As DDO, Sonia will promote the growth of ‘indigenous’ vocations and ensure that the diocese’s ministry is shaped with respect to local needs as well as national developments within the Church of England.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Sonia has spent most of her life in England. A qualified teacher, she has worked as Head of RE in schools in London, Surrey and Nottingham, and she also spent five years as a missionary in south-west Uganda, teaching a variety of subjects.

Sonia later left teaching to become a troubleshooting consultant to various organisations, and in 2005 she was appointed as National Adviser to the Archbishops’ Council’s Committee for Minority Anglican Concerns, a role that was based at Church House in London.

It was during her time in this role that she was sponsored as an ordinand by the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. Sonia completed her ordination training at St Mellitus and her curacy at Christ Church Chilwell in Nottinghamshire, before moving to the diocese of Lincoln in 2014 to take up her appointment as Rector of the Claypole Benefice and Rural Dean of Loveden Deanery.

In looking ahead to her new role, Sonia says: “I am excited about joining the diocesan Ministry Team, and I am looking forward to working with everyone at Edward King House in Lincoln.

“I am passionate about people and helping them to fulfil their potential. Having walked alongside many people, lay and ordained, as they have made their journey with God, it will be a privilege to accompany those seeking his will for their lives as their vocational path emerges. 

“When I am not working I enjoy dabbling in crime – well, to the extent of watching detective dramas on TV! I also like walking in the Lincolnshire countryside with my husband Tom, and keeping up with all that’s going on in the lives of our two adult sons, Jonathan and David, and offering hospitality. I am currently preparing for my first pilgrimage, which will involve walking the 62 miles of the St Cuthbert’s Way at the beginning of July.”

Sonia will join us from 1st August 2019.