Meet our Ministry team – or those brave enough to have their photos taken… It will give you an idea who to look out for if you come along to a service or to the Wednesday evening ‘office’ if you’ve anything to discuss.
DAVE – the Vicar
“I was previously at the Parish of Stoneclough. Prior to that I served for 14 years in the Diocese of Blackburn. My curacy was in Morecambe and then I spent 10 years as a Vicar in Preston.
Born in Fleetwood, I grew up in Blackpool, where my parents and sisters still live. That’s the reason for my lifelong support for Blackpool FC. I also enjoy playing cricket as well as listening to music and reading. In addition, I’m secretary for the Lahore Links Group.
Call me Dave! ‘Vicar’ is my title and it is an honour to be called to serve God in this way. But Dave will do fine and is preferable as we seek not only to be servants of the Saviour but friends also.
Linda and I feel privileged to be with you in the Benefice and are excited about sharing our Christian pilgrimage together” Dave
PAUL – Assistant Priest
“After serving the Parish as Reader for 20 years, I was ordained as a local minister in 2005.
I am a local lad having been born in Radcliffe and ironically lived my first 7 years in Stoneclough before moving to Bury. Married to Diane, I have a teenage daughter and a deaf Jack Russell called Dodger. I have recently retired from a career as a Science teacher in secondary, further education and sixth form.
Apart from serving God my passion is walking and if I’m not in the Lake District or walking a long distance footpath you will see me out and about in the local area with the dog.” Paul.
[Paul is currently looking after St Stephen’s in Elton, Bury. Or the other way round…]
DARREN – Reader
“Whilst Gill is here, I am no longer the newest member to our team!
I was licensed as a Reader for the Diocese at a very special service at William Temple Church in Wythenshaw.
I have many years of youth work experience and I run my own business in Manchester. My wife is called Amanda and we have three children.
Whilst working I got a BA in Theology. I’m a keen guitarist and I also keep chickens!” Darren
GILL – Assistant Curate
“This is a really exciting time for me as the newest to the team, having been ordained as a priest in 2016. That’s me on the right in the photo above. I finished my post as a Maths teacher in Manchester in July 2015. I’ve now taken up a completely different role working for God in the United Benefice of Walmersley Road.
I’m not as new to the scene as you might think, having lived and worshipped in Ramsbottom for just over 25 years! I originally come from Stoke and can still be found checking the makers’ marks on crockery!
Out of hours, I love spending time with my grown-up children and my grandchildren. I enjoy walking, socialising, live music and theatre – and living out the gospel with all in the Benefice” Gill
[Gill will be looking for a parish of her own soon as she comes to the end of her curacy with us. For a small fee we’ll let you know about all the bits which won’t make it on to her CV. For a larger fee, Gill, we’ll keep quiet.]
Very significant others (too shy to share their photos)
We are also extremely thankful for the very active support of two retired clergy, Canon Ralph Mallinson and the Reverend Keith Trivasse, plus Margery Spencer, Barbara Silvester & Nigel Silvester from Christ Church Walmersley.