Former ‘Gladiators’ star among 13 new clergy for west London

Image: Warren Furman

“From ‘Ace’ to grace”

A former star of the hit 90s TV show Gladiators has been ordained, becoming one of 13 new clergy based in west London.

Warren Furman, who played ‘Ace’ on the long-running series and is a former bodybuilder, TV Star and the ex-fiancé of Katie Price, says he has now changed his focus “from ‘Ace’, to grace”. The father of two, was ordained alongside his wife Dionne at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, and is set to lead a different kind of gig at a church in South Kensington.

Warren said:

“I spent my twenties bodybuilding, trying to be Mr Universe, but then I encountered the real Mr Universe in my forties: the Creator of the universe and everything in it!

“I am most looking forward to sharing the Gospel in new and creative ways in my parish. I’m serving my curacy at St Francis, Dalgarno Way which is a fast-growing community church, reaching out and blessing the community in so many ways already. My parish is special because it is extremely culturally diverse, and our church reflects the diverse community it serves.

“I’m particularly excited for my ordination as my wife is also being ordained, so she’ll be serving her curacy alongside me!”

Image: Newly ordained Deacons with Bishop of Kensington, the Rt Revd Dr Emma Ineson

Bishop of Kensington welcomes new additions

The 13 have joined churches in espiscopal area of Kensington, following their ordination to the office of Deacon this week. The new Deacons will serve their local communities in churches across Notting Hill, Twickenham, Brompton and Brentford, leading them in worship, teaching and pastoral care.

Ordination to the office of Deacon follows two to three years of training and usually leads to ordination as a priest after a period of around a year.

The Bishop of Kensington, the Rt Revd Dr Emma Ineson, said:

“It is a privilege and a joy to welcome 13 new clergy to churches across our part of the Diocese. The Kensington Area makes up a huge part of London and a bit of Surrey, and is wonderfully diverse. I can’t wait to see the ways in which our new Deacons will develop in their ministry over the coming months and years.

“We are blessed that they have been called to serve God’s church, each of them coming with such different backgrounds and experiences. I look forward to supporting them in their ministry.”

Girls join St Paul’s Cathedral Choir for first time in 900-year history

Also celebrating promotion in the Diocese of London are two girls from St Paul’s Cathedral School who have become the first girls to have joined the St Paul’s Cathedral Choir as full choristers in its 900 year history.

Lila (11) and Lois’ (10) were presented with their surplice, a white gown worn over the black cassock, symbolising their new status as St Paul’s Choristers, at a special Choral Evensong on Sunday 30 June.

Images above: Lila and Lois join St Paul’s Cathedral Choir

The Bishop of London, the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally, said:

“It is a great joy to welcome Lila and Lois into the Cathedral community. It was profoundly moving to see the culmination of their hard-work, and God-given gifts on show, at the service on Sunday evening. I hope that Lila and Lois can be an inspiration to other young girls as to what can be achieved, in what is a huge milestone in St Paul’s 900-year history.”