A psychotherapist, a nurse and a geographer are to be made deacons today.

The trio will be ordained at St Mary’s, Balham, by the Bishop of Southwark, the Right Reverend Christopher Chessun.

Deacons are the lowest order of the clergy. They usually serve in the role for a year before being ordained into the priesthood.

Sarah Jackson, 59, is an expert in mental health who has worked as a Jungian specialist and psychotherapist for many years. She will join St Mary Magdalene parish in Wandsworth.

Iain Faulkner, 41, worked in retail for 10 years before training as a nurse in 1999. He moved to London eight years ago to work at the Royal Marsden Hospital. He will join Balham’s St Mary and St John the Divine parish.

Richard Boothroyd, 34, is and after completing a geography degree, he worked for eight years in student evangelism and discipleship for Agape Ministries. He will join Wandsworth’s St Michael and All Angels parish and will recieve a salary for his work.