New Curate for York Minster

A young trainee priest has been appointed to the role of Curate at York Minster. Ellie Bangay, who is currently studying for an MA in Theology and Ministry at Cranmer Hall, University of Durham, will take up her position at the Minster in July.

Commenting on Ellie’s appointment, The Reverend Canon Michael Smith Pastor at York Minster said:  

“We are delighted that part of Ellie’s training for her ordained ministry will be with us here at the Minster.  Whilst the role will be familiar with many parish congregations, it is fairly unusual for a cathedral to have someone in this particular role. 

“This is a unique on-the-job training opportunity.  Ellie will learn a great deal about the community, worship and life at the Minster, our work with the wider diocese and the Minster’s role as an internationally renowned tourist destination at the heart of an historic city.  We will, in turn, learn from the valuable insights, opinions and new ideas that Ellie will bring to the Minster.

Ellie will be ordained at York Minster at 10am on Friday 5 July by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, along with 20 other candidates, all of whom will serve as curates within the Diocese of York.  Her post is funded by the Church Commissioners.

Biographical details

Aged 23, Ellie was born and raised in Guisborough, North Yorkshire where her parents and brother still live.  She attended St Nicholas’ Parish Church, Guisborough where she was also a member of the choir.  At 18, Ellie began her life as a student at the University of Leeds studying Theology and Religious Studies and getting involved with university governance, sports and the university chaplaincy.

After graduating in 2012, Ellie moved to Durham to work at St Nicholas’s Church as a youth and children’s intern until the summer of 2013 when she began her training for ordained ministry at Cranmer Hall, University of Durham.  In addition to her training and studying for an MA in Theology and Ministry, Ellie has developed close links with the community in Durham through working as a Guide leader and volunteering at a food bank.  

She served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Student Christian Movement Britain until the summer of 2014.  The role included travelling to Italy and Romania with the World Student Christian Federation.  Ellie’s hobbies include running, swimming, reading and travel, her pet tortoise, baking and an increasing love for tea!


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