Meet Our Clergy
The Right Reverend Dr Damien Mead
Born in 1968 in Chatham, Kent and raised in Canterbury, Bishop Damien was ordained as a priest in 1990, serving congregations in London and Whitstable before joining the Anglican Catholic Church (ACC) in January 1999. After he received ordination, sub-conditione, in the ACC in June 1999, he served as Parish Priest of Our Lady of Walsingham and St Francis of Assisi, Rochester, Kent and then, in May 2005 he established this parish in Canterbury. In November 2001 he was appointed as Diocesan Dean, this was followed in April 2004 by his promotion to Diocesan Vicar General.
In March 2008 the Electoral Synod of the Diocese of the United Kingdom elected, the then, Father Damien to become the next Bishop of our Diocese. This election was ratified by the Metropolitan Archbishop and the College of Bishops of the Original Province around the world, and he was duly consecrated as a Bishop in the Church of God and appointed and enthroned as the Second Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the United Kingdom, on 20th September 2008.
Bishop Mead, as with all ACC Clergy in our Diocese is bi-vocational and non stipendiary. In his secular career he has, since August 2000, worked as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Credo Care Limited, an Independent Fostering Agency specialising in the care of children and young people with disabilities and complex medical needs. Prior to that he worked in retail and residential social work. Bishop Mead holds a Diploma in Theology and a Fellowship in Theology from Victoria College, London. In October 2020 he had conferred upon him an Honorary Doctor of Divinity (Hon.DD) by the Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi Christian University, in Miami, Florida, USA. He is a long standing member of the British Institute of Directors. He is a Life member of the Royal Society of St George, A Life Member of The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children and a Life Member of the Guild of All Souls. He is a member of the Constitutional Monarchy Association and served as Chairman of the Kent Group for many years. He is also a Member of the Royal British legion and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute.
Bishop Damien lives on the Romney Marsh. He is kept busy with his two Jack Russell dogs, Daisy and Minnie, and also keeps chickens.
Honorary Assistant Priest:
The Venerable Raymond Thompson
Father Ray Thompson was received into the ACC in 2000, having been a Lay Reader in the Church of England for more than 30 years. He was ordained deacon in 2001 and priest the following year. He served as curate at Our Lady and St Francis, Rochester until becoming parish priest there in 2003, a post he held for 11 years.
In 2008 he was appointed as Dean of the Southern Deanery and in 2011 became Archdeacon. Both of these positions were retained after his retirement from parish responsibilities in 2014. He also acts as the area chaplain to the ACC Fellowship ministering to any who are unable to get to church. In 2019 the Bishop appointed him as Chairman of the Board of Ministry.
Fr Ray spent most of his working life in the printing industry, mainly as a proof reader, and these skills are often put to good use within the Diocesan office.
Having assisted at St Augustine’s on a regular basis for several years the decision was made that he should be added to the staff in an official capacity.
Fr Ray holds a Fellowship in Theology from Victoria College, London, as well as Fellowships from the Fraternity of St Cecilia, the Guild of Musicians and Singers, the Faculty of Liturgical Musicians at Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi Christian University, Miami, and the Cotswold Society of Church Musicians, also at JHPCU. He is an Associate of the Guild of St Teilo.
He lives on the Isle of Sheppey and has a large family with six children and six grandchildren, who help to keep him occupied!
From All Saints day (1st November 2020) Louis join us as our permanent organist at St Augustine’s. Organs also feature In his “day” job – he works for a long established firm of organ builders in Kent.
From the Fourth Sunday in Lent, (14th March). Barnabas joins us as Cantor, he is a graduate musician with a Masters degree in Composition. A regular performer as well, Barnabas is a baritone singer and pianist with special interests in modern experimental and theatrical music as well as composing and premiering his own works.
Roy is one of the founding members of our parish. He is also our Safeguarding Officer and also an Altar Server at St Augustine’s. In his work outside church he is a Company Director and Social Worker.
Kerry, who also assists with the keeping of the Diocesan Accounts, works as a self employed Bookkeeper.
An invaluable support and source of advice.
Margaret is also responsible for the beautiful flower displays which so often adorn our sanctuary.
Our Caretaker / Handyman
Andy is more than a caretaker/ handyman. His hard work has made the renovation of St Augustine’s possible! Andy is also an altar server at St Augustine’s.