Our Team consists of Ordained ministers, Licenced Lay ministers and Lay Pastoral Assistants (LPAs).
The Lay Pastoral Assistants are a pastorally trained group of people offering support, friendship, spiritual encouragement and a listening ear to those within the church and the local community beyond.
If you would like to contact an LPA or any other member of the team then please get in touch with the church office.
Rector & Rural Dean of Bradford
I am excited by the idea that there is more of God to discover and we never come to the end of what He is able to do. I love Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen!” I am hugely encouraged to see how God’s love and favour is changing lives and how the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is becoming very evident in our village churches. What I feel called to do is to seek increasingly to open up our three churches to God’s vibrant life, so that this part of Wiltshire becomes a place that people seek out because they have heard that God’s Presence is here.
Andrew is Rector of our three Benefice churches. Andrew used to be a solicitor before he was called to ordination. He is married to Jo and they have three grown-up children. He paints in oils, escapes to France when he has a chance, and tries to play tennis once a week.
God called me to serve Him as a priest, through his people and through his word. The words spoken to Joshua 1:8 came and reminded me of a chorus I used to sing as a youngster. “Be thou strong and very courageous, for I have commanded thee, Be not afraid, be not dismayed thou wilt have victory. I will be with thee what e’re betide, Captain and leader friend and guide.” He confirmed his call during a holiday at Lee Abbey, where the talks were all about James the brother of Jesus, and his leadership of the new Community of Christians.
I get most excited about the service on Easter Morning. It is a wonderful service of celebration, declaration and witness to God’s amazing great love to humankind is giving his Son Jesus to save us and bring us into God’s intimate presence.
My favourite verse is 2 Corinthians 8:9 – “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, that through his poverty you might become rich.” It speaks of the amazing love of God that Jesus left the glory of heaven to live as a man, and showed what true humanity was meant to be, and then by His death opened the way for us to live that way, as God had always intended. I am always humbled and moved at the gentleness and grace that God shows whenever I pray for healing, and working in ministry is such a privilege and blessing.
My first 15 years of ministry were spent working with deaf and deaf/blind people, and I feel that they taught me as much as I taught them. I had always been involved in the healing ministry and it was when I moved into parish ministry that this started to develop into the vision for my current role.
My role in the team is to set up a healing centre which we have called ‘Gateway Christian Healing’. We meet as a group monthly and are out and about praying for individuals who ask us for prayer. Courses and events also form an important part of the healing centre’s work .
My favourite bible verse is Isaiah 61:3-4 because of a dream that I had about lying and looking through the branches of a beautiful tree. We’d had the reading at morning prayer in St Katharine’s and I kept asking people where that bit about the trees comes in the Bible and no one seemed to be able to tell me. Finally I realised that it is a verse that is used in the Ordination service, and I began to understand that God was calling me.
I grew up in Surrey, going to church sometimes, and then when I went to teacher training college and discovered that the sky didn’t fall in if I didn’t go to church, so I dropped out of faith. Finally, after getting married, teaching, living in Lancashire, Surrey, and France and having three children, we came to live in Holt, and I finally gave my life to God on Easter Sunday 2000 in St Mary’s Broughton Gifford.
Now I love living quietly in Broughton Gifford with my husband, Christopher, and Juba the dog who is named after the capital of South Sudan, where Christopher and I have been several times, and now we both support our link diocese of Kadugli in Sudan.
The verse that hit me like a sledge hammer one day, and led me to ordination was John 15:16. ‘You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.’
Born into a Military family, my early years spent growing up in India. I am drawn to a contemplatative way of life, love being the ‘key’ to my ministry – leading me to become involved in many unexpected adventures! For instance 12 years in Prison Ministry with International links. Since coming to faith, I believe my role has always been to enable people to desire God, discovering for themselves his love for them and for the world, and to recognise their value in his eyes and their giftedness.
I appreciate the Benefice’ openness in embracing different traditions of worship. This generosity gives God the freedom to engage with people in a place which has meaning for them.The deep power of Holy Communion is where I feel closest to Our Lord.
Licensed Lay Minister
Before my calling to Lay Ministry in the church, I was asked to be involved in giving support to farming people and their families. This came through my continuing link with the Christian and Agricultural World.
My Bible college training showed me the necessity of making known the Word of God. I felt God’s increasing messages to me to open the scriptures for others. I believe that God’s love is shown in conversation with others and the care that is given.
I worked in farming for over 10 years, mainly as a dairy herdsman. When I gave this up I was clearly called to go to Bible College in Birmingham. This full-time, 3 year course gave me a very good understanding of the Christian faith. I pushed various doors. One was opened for me to go to Albania and support missionaries. This was good training for me in how to depend more on God, and to learn the necessary spiritual disciplines that being a Christian involves.
http://www.fcn.org.uk (Farming Community Network)