If you would like to chat to someone informally about vocation, please contact one of the people below.
Bowdon Deanery The Revd Jane Beaumont
Hi there. I'm Associate Vicar at St Mary Magdalene, Ashton upon Mersey, a large and diverse church. Ordained in 2004 and Reader before that, I have a heart to help people find their vocation within the Church of England. I love to see people grow into mature and secure Christians. If asked what my preference and churchmanship is, I would have to say that the authority of the bible is foundational as is charismatic spirituality (using and moving in the spiritual gifts). I have a high view of the sacraments and find liturgical and non-liturgical worship services enriching.
Address: 23 Rydal Avenue, Sale, M33 6WN
Tel: 0161 282 2207
Chadkirk Deanery The Revd Janet Parker
I am the Vicar of St Thomas, High Lane where I have been since 2010. Originally from the Blackburn Diocese where I was a Pastoral worker and a Reader for many years I then spent five years abroad as a member of an American Church in Munich. Returning to England in 2005 to train for the Priesthood I attended Cranmer Theological College in Durham before becoming Assistant Curate at St Anne’s Sale. I am married with two grown-up children.
Address: 35 Martlet Ave, Disley, SK12 2JH
Tel: 01663 764 519
Cheadle Deanery The Revd Rob McLaren
Parish vicar with experience of leading staff teams of young and old, lay and ordained in several different settings: inner urban, suburban, school church plant, council estates, commuter town. I was ordained aged 25 in 1988 and I am committed to seeking younger vocations as well as older. Everyone should seek God's unique calling for them and, as you seek the best way forward, I will be glad to pray with you and help clarify issues like your spiritual gifts, enthusiasms and personal style.
Address: The Vicarage, London Road North, Poynton, Stockport, SK12 1AF
Tel: 01625 850524
Chester Deanery The Revd Adam Friend
After knowing a call to ministry at 16 it seemed a long time to reach ordination at 26; a ten year story following the ups and downs of testing a vocation in the C of E. I am currently Vicar of Tarvin after serving my curacy at St Helen in Northwich, and my first incumbency at St Chad, Winsford. I trained for ministry in Durham after completing my first Degree in Performing Arts at St Martin's in Lancaster. I am married to Helen who is a Head Teacher. I can empathise with the frustrations that can be found in the process to ordination, but am living proof that if God keeps pushing then his way will prevail!
Address: St Andrew's Vicarage, Church Street, Tarvin, Chester, CH3 8EB
Tel: 01829 740354
Congleton Deanery Sister Heather Kemball
Church Army Evangelist (commissioned 1988), married to Alan (not a vicar!) with three children Anna, Sarah & David. Passionate about evangelism. Enjoys drinking red wine, cooking & qualified as a PADI Open Water Diver.
Address: 54 Obelisk Way, Congleton, CW12 4FY
Tel: 01260 278362
Frodsham Deanery The Revd Vicki Schofield
I love being with people who are exploring their calling from God. It is exciting to help them to identify their gifts and the possible ways that they might use them, whether in a church-based ministry or in secular life. I have a background in Further Education. I was ordained in 2002 and currently serve as the Vicar of St Michael and All Angels Runcorn. Divorced in 1983, I have a daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren, who all live with me.
Address: 145 Greenway Road, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 4NR
Tel: 01928 500993
Great Budworth Deanery The Revd Alec Brown
Vicar of Great Budworth since 2001 and Rural Dean of Great Budworth Deanery since 2010. Former Roman Catholic and a Jesuit novice - received into the Church of England in 1988 and trained for the ordained ministry at St Deiniol's Library, Hawarden and the Northern Ordination Course, Manchester. I count it a great privilege to assist with and encourage vocations to all areas of the Church's life, and have greatly enjoyed working with candidates for ordained and lay ministry within the Church.
Address: The Vicarage, Great Budworth, Northwich, CW9 6HF
Tel: 01606 891324
Knutsford Deanery The Revd Canon Prof Roger Yates
Trained in clinical and preclinical pharmacology and medicine - with a neurological/psychiatric bias - experience of practice (hospital and general), teaching and research in academia before 25 full-time years in pharmaceutical research and development (with continuing clinical assistantship in NHS for the first 20) which included people and project management. Almost 20 years with my collar the wrong way round! Married with 2 adult "kids". Interests - revealing God where He already is to those who can't/won't see Him, medicine/science debates, caring for the carers.
Address: 3 Racecourse Park, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5LU
Tel: 01625 520246
Macclesfield Keith Ravenscroft
I am a Reader (Lay Minister). After a career in business in the UK and North America, I was licensed in 2008. I divide my work between two parishes. My main church is St Peter’s Prestbury and its two sister churches, where I focus on preaching and leading worship, plus ministry at Macclesfield General Hospital and various care homes. I also run two house groups at St Peter’s. My second church is St Thomas’ Norbury, where I share a collaborative teaching ministry with the Associate Vicar there. He and I also run seminars within the Diocese for the course on Continuing Ministerial Development. Overall it’s a varied and active ministry that is full-time – and that I love.
How might I be of help to you?
After a lifetime of hard line atheism, I came to faith in the mid 1990s. That gives me a perspective on doubting, questioning, and certainty, and of how Christian faith can collide and also cohabit with modern secular life. It has been a fairly bumpy journey of faith for me, in which it has sometimes been hard for me to recognise and respond to God’s call. So I would hope to be of help and support to those who may have an urge to serve, but who also feel the need to recognise and answer the right call at the right time. I know from personal experience that this is not easy!
Malpas Deanery The Revd Julian Beauchamp
After teaching in secondary education in Cheltenham for four years, I worked for a Christian organisation organising activity holidays for teenagers. I came from the London Diocese and trained at Oak Hill before doing my curacy in Cheadle. I am married with three children, am incumbent at Waverton, Aldford and Bruera just south of Chester and I am trying to learn the piano – for fun only; I also enjoy gardening. I am currently working on a biblical theology of priesthood from a Reformed Evangelical perspective.
Address: The Rectory, Village Road, Waverton, Chester, CH3 7QN.
Tel: 01244 336668
Middlewich Deanery The Revd Dr David Page
Vicar of Elworth and Warmingham since 1999. Previously Curate at St. John's Knutsford and Toft. Married with three children. Before Ordination I worked for Unilever as a Research Manager.
Address: 2 Taxmere Close, Elworth, Cheshire, W11 1WT
Tel: 01270 762415
Mottram Deanery The Revd Joanna Parker
Working as Vicar of St George’s Hyde since May 2011. Trained on the Northern Ordination Course and worked as a curate in York Diocese before moving the family (two teenage boys, husband Ian and greyhound Kera) to Tameside. Grew up through New Frontiers and St Michael Le Belfrey. Keen to see the right people in the right places for the right reasons, where gifts can grow and flourish and ministry can be encouraged.
Address: The Vicarage, 85 Edna Street, Hyde, SK14 1DR
Tel: 0161 478 2608
Mottram Deanery The Revd Lesley Atkins
Ordained 2001; now Priest-in-Charge of St Barnabas Hattersley. Special interests include sacramental theology and feminist hermeneutics. Have had experience of rural ministry in Lincolnshire and am now experiencing life in an UPA parish. Before ordination I trained as a classical pianist, worked for the Home Office and London Underground. I am a keen photographer, musician, and quite a technophile. It’s a great privilege to come alongside people exploring their Christian vocation.
Address: St Barnabas Vicarage, Hattersely Road East, Hattersley, Hyde. SK14 3EQ
Telephone: 0161 368 2795
Nantwich Deanery The Revd Stephen Snelling
Having trained at SEITE in London I was ordained in 2010 and served the first year of my curacy in Kent before moving to Nantwich where I am Associate Rector (SSM). St Mary’s is a busy church with a civic role and it is situated at the heart of the town both spiritually and actually. Before I was ordained I had an executive banking role in London and came to ministry after a long journey and being made redundant in my early fifties. I know that I would not be doing what I am doing today without the support of my wife, Deborah. I am currently studying for an MA in Christian Liturgy.
I have learned that our God is a God of surprises and that he puts you in the right place at exactly the right time to do what he needs to be done.
I count it a great privilege to be able to help people to take their first steps on another part of their Christian journey.
Address: 16 Holly Place, Wistaston, Nantwich, CW5 6NG
Tel: 01270 665800
Stockport Deanery The Revd Canon Diane Cookson
Have spent the last 35 years in parish ministry, going through the ranks of Reader, Deaconess, Deacon and priest. Currently Vicar of St. Saviour’s, Great Moor, Stockport. I am passionate about encouraging and enabling others in the life of the church. I love liturgy, church music and animals.
Wallasey Deanery The Revd Aline Watts
Hi, I trained at St John’s, Nottingham after 20 years as a stay at home mum and child minder. I have been at Leasowe as priest in charge since September 2008. It is an interesting UPA parish that is challenging and rewarding. Since becoming a Christian as a small child I have experienced and grown through a huge variety of churchmanships. If pushed I would say I am now an evangelical, with some conservative tendencies and open to the move of the Holy Spirit, with a high regard for the sacraments. At college they just called me ‘confused’; I would say I have depth and breadth! Among my greatest joys in ministry is prayer and seeing people grow closer to the Lord and discovering the plans He has to prosper them. I love working out at the gym, especially lifting weights, learning to use a digital camera and using the photos that I take.
Address: The Vicarage, 70 Castleway, North Leasowe, Wirral, CH46 1RW
Tel: 0151 677 6889
Wirral North Deanery The Revd Ian Urquhart
Associate Minister, Christ Church Barnston/ St Michael's Pensby- a busy 'low evangelical' church in Wirral suburbia, with a strong emphasis on encouraging and developing lay ministry. I have been Associate Minister there since 2005, having been curate at the churches since ordination in 1999. I’m married to Siru, a professional counsellor and licensed Pastoral Worker; we have three grown-up children.
Address: Parish Office, 87 Barnston Road, Barnston, Wirral, CH61 1BW
Tel: 0151 648 2404
Wirral South Deanery The Rev'd Lyndon Bannon
After serving for five years as a Reader in Wirral North, Lyndon was then ordained as a 'Minister in Secular Employment', serving his curacy in Wallasey Deanery. Since then, he has served as Assistant Priest at the Parish of Willaston, in Wirral South. Lyndon is involved in ministerial training, being the Course Leader of the Diocesan Foundation for Ministry programme in the Chester Archdeaconry. He is also the Sub-warden of Readers for Wirral South Deanery. Lyndon currently serves on the Diocesan Board of Education. His 'day-job' is an Assistant Headteacher at a Church of England High School on the Wirral.
Contact via either Church House or the Rural Dean for Wirral South.