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Karen Senior

Role: Warden Member CRC Executive
I was born in London, but spent most of my childhood in North Staffordshire, where the local church youth group was key to developing my faith. Since marrying Brian in 1980 Iíve lived in Kent and worshipped in Rochester Diocese - apart from the two years our family spent living at theological college when Brian trained for ordination.
Brianís curacy was mostly spent leading a church plant, which was a wonderful opportunity for lots of us to explore ministry, and amongst the many other aspects of parish life and parenting 4 schoolboys, I really enjoyed the privilege of leading worship, but never wanted to preach. On moving to Brianís first incumbency, I tentatively investigated Reader training, and began to discover that I was excited at the privilege of preaching.
Admitted in 2002, I was utterly astonished when in 2007 I was asked to consider becoming Warden of Readers for Rochester Diocese. Rochester has a long tradition of the Warden being a Reader Ė but this Warden faced an immensely steep learning curve in those early years.
James Langstaff, our Diocesan Bishop joined us in 2010 as we were considering a number of changes to Lay Ministry in Rochester. In 2014 I was appointed as Warden of Lay Ministry Ė adding authorised Pastoral Assistants and commissioned Evangelists to my oversight. Lay Ministry has become much more integrated over the past 10 years, and our selection and training for LLMs has evolved from Reader training. In a period of rapid change within the church and the communities in which we are based, Lay Ministry will continue to change and develop, and in joining CRCís exec at this stage I hope that my experiences in the diocese will be useful, whilst being aware that we all have plenty to learn from each other.
When not working I enjoy catching up with family and friends, travelling, walking, and subduing the earth in the Rectory garden.

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