Lay Readers are a dedicated group of Christian volunteer men and women licensed by their Bishop to assist in Worship services. They are present in most branches of the Anglican Church, though their mandates may differ in each National Church and Diocese. (Some Churches might designate them by other names).
Usually, they serve not only in their parish, but also in other parts of their Diocese. The actual ministry done by each Reader depends very much on their own calling, their own gift and their own parish or diocese requirements and needs.
For more information, visit: http://layreaders.org/index.htm