Licensed Pastoral Workers

2019 Licensing of Pastoral Workers and Readers

Fourteen Pastoral Workers and seven Readers were admitted and licensed by Rt Revd Keith Sinclair, Bishop of Birkenhead at Chester Cathedral on Saturday, 12 October 2019

Pastoral Workers

  • Linda Ackerley, Cheadle Hulme, All Saints
  • Julie Brown, Stockton Heath
  • Mary Harris, Nantwich
  • Marney Hearn, Runcorn Weston, St John
  • Jane Holland, Cheadle Hulme, St Andrew
  • Lesley Irvin, Neston
  • Stewart Jackson, High Legh
  • Iain MacInnes, Hallwood Ecumenical Parish
  • Margaret Papworth, Ashton Hayes
  • Lynne Percival, Hallwood Ecumenical Parish
  • Gillian Povey Robins, Walton
  • Colin Roberts, Hallwood Ecumenical Parish
  • Clare Russell, Cheadle Hulme, All Saints
  • June Willis, Barrow


  • Gaynor Bracey, Weston
  • David Fidal, Alsager Christ Church
  • Alan Fryer, Great Meols
  • Christopher Gascoigne, Stalybridge, Holy Trinity
  • Deborah Moores, Low Marple
  • Christine O'Neill, Helsby
  • Karen Wilson, Bowdon

Pastoral Workers transferring within the diocese

  • Pat Baker, Wheelock

Readers transferring within the diocese

  • Joyce Blundell, Tintwistle
  • Peter Cheslett, Norbury Hazel Grove
  • Geoffrey Cooke, Cheadle Hulme, St Andrew
  • Kenneth London, Upton (Overchurch)
  • Peter Marshall, Macclesfield St Michael & All Angels, St Peter, All Saints, St Barnabas
  • John Owens, Hurdsfield
  • Joanne Rodman, Poynton
  • Dave Shercliff, Mellor




2018 Licensing of Pastoral Workers and Readers

Six Pastoral Workers and sixteen Readers were admitted and licensed by Rt Revd Keith Sinclair, Bishop of Birkenhead at Chester Cathedral on Saturday,
13 October

  • Anne Binnie, Wilmslow
  • Monica Haworth, Rural Chaplaincy Team
  • Claire Hutt, St Thomas, Stockton Heath
  • David Monday, Holy Trinity and Christ Church, Stalybrige
  • Catherine Stephens, Macclesfield Team Ministry

Pastoral Workers transferring within the diocese:

  • Andrea Millington, St Michael, Bramhall

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The latest version of the Handbook can be found here: Licensed Pastoral Worker Handbook


The Beginner's Guide to Leading Public Worship

A four session course for Pastoral Workers and others (eg churchwardens) who are asked to lead worship in their own churches, or who would like to lead worship and have not done so previously.

The course is led by the Diocesan Director of Ministry, the Revd Canon Dr Christopher Burkett

For a booking form contact Jane Hood by email or phone 01928 718834 ext 257

Funerals Ministry Pastoral Workers 

As part of our regular training programme for  Pastoral Workers, we are running a training course on taking funerals.
This course, spread over two evenings, is offered to supplement the module on Bereavement which forms part of the initial training for Pastoral Workers and focuses more specifically on the Funeral service itself.  It will look at the purpose of funerals, the range of liturgy available in Common Worship and the place of eulogies and other forms of tribute, particularly thinking how best to work with the family and funeral director when planning a funeral, whether in church or at a crematorium.  Recent trends in funeral ministry will be surveyed and some of the new materials produced by The Church of England discussed.  There will be plenty of suggestions for further reading.

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