JUDITH RYDER has joined the clergy team in the parish of Caversham, Thameside and Mapledurham as curate.
Brought up in the Roman Catholic Church, Dr Ryder joined the Church of England in 2009 and started training for ordination in 2013.
She was ordained by the Bishop of Reading in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, on Saturday.
She has begun her new ministry at St Peter’s in The Warren, Caversham, alongside the rector, Rev Mike Smith.
Dr Ryder, who studied theology at St John’s College, Oxford, in the mid-Nineties, is married to Simon, an electrical engineer, and they have four children.
She said: “It really does seem that we are being sent to the right place — for the family, for me to continue my ministerial training and, hopefully, for the parish.
“I am really looking forward to working with Mike and the wider parish team and to getting to know the people and the area and its hopes and needs.
“It will be a pleasure to be in a parish with such a strong musical tradition.”