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These are the ministers of the Gloucestershire Circuit.

James Tebbutt

I am the Circuit Superintendent Minister, with an overall responsibility for working with lay and ordained colleagues to encourage the mission and ministry of the Circuit's 45 churches. Additionally, I have a particular responsibility for Bishop's Cleeve Methodist Church, and am an Ecumenical Canon of Gloucester Cathedral.Before arriving in August 2013, I was a minister in the Medway....

Simon Topping

I work with five churches in the Stroud area (Stroud, Chalford, Brimscombe, Amberley, Randwick), three of which are Anglican/Methodist Local Ecumenical Partnerships.Before moving the Gloucestershire I worked as a Methodist Minister in London, Birmingham and Argentina. I am married to Jane who works for Carers Gloucestershire and we have three sons who have all now left school.I am the....

Andrew Biggs

I grew up in Hanham, just outside Bristol. My first job on leaving school was in life assurance, but I got involved in youth work in my early 20's through the Church and Boys' Brigade and this led me to train as a teacher at Westminster College in Oxford. Julie and I were married just after we graduated in 1994 and I taught at Easton Primary School in Bristol until 2005. I then left....

Naomi Cooke

Having spent 25 years working in theatre as the Artistic Director of a women's theatre company and as an independent performer, producer and teacher, Naomi offered for ministry in 2011, trained at The Queen's Foundation in Birmingham and came to Cheltenham in August 2014. She has responsibility for Bethesda Methodist Church, Hawling Methodist Chapel and North....

Steve Davies

Currently the Minister at Christchurch Abbeydale, an LEP (Baptist, Church of England, Methodist and URC) in the suburbs of Gloucester. I was ordained in Winchester Cathedral in 2003 although have Methodist roots and was accredited as a Local Preacher in 1984.  Before ordination I studied Maths/Econ at University before spending the next twenty odd years as a software....

Helene Grant

My name is Helene Grant and I'm married with two grown up children and a very un-grownup labrador. I'm a Baptist Minister currently called to Christ Church Local Ecumenical Partnership in Nailsworth. We are a Baptist, Methodist and URC congregation! I trained in South Wales and am studying for my MTh at Regents Park College, Oxford. You'll find me with my nose in a good book if I....

Denise Hargreaves

I am Denise Hargreaves and I live in Cinderford in the stunning Forest of Dean.Before becoming a Methodist Minister I served in the Women's Royal Naval Service and the Library Service in Hampshire and Portsmouth. I have been a Methodist since childhood and my home chapel was Stratton Street Methodist Church. I am currently serving at Bailey Lane End, Bream, Cinderford, Drybrook, May....

Michelle Ireland

Having lived in a number of rural areas (including Dartmoor and the Somerset Mendips) I am delighted to be living and ministering in Aylburton, Clements End, Coalway, Lydney and Woolaston in the Forest of Dean. I was a primary school teacher for 14 years. I am married to Mark who drives....

John Kime

I am John Kime. I principally look after St John's Northgate, Methodist Church, and Barton St. Methodist Church, Gloucester. I have previously been a Sector Minister within education, and have retired from full time work in this area. On returning to Gloucestershire to retire, I have been delighted when asked to assist in ministry to Gloucester. St John's and Barton St both....

Graham Miles

Growing up in South Wigston Leicestershire, I used to attend the local Methodist Church. On leaving school I took up an apprenticeship as an Engineer's Patternmaker. Following a career within the engineering field we eventually moved to Norfolk where I worked at an egg carton manufacturing company in the toolroom. It was during this time I offered for the Presbyteral Ministry. My....

Ann Owen

I was born in South East London and moved to Chesterfield, North Derbyshire when I was eight. On leaving school at sixteen I worked as a Civil Servant for the Dept of Health and Social Security. Married life began with Andrew's job taking us to Gibraltar where we lived for fourteen months. In 1978 we moved to the West Country, and during the years at home raising our two small sons,....

Steve Peck

I'm a Londoner by birth but have lived most of my life in Bletchley, Milton Keynes, close to the famous Bletchley Park. My wife is from Bletchley and my two children and their families live there. My working life began with an Electrical Engineering apprenticeship, progressing into the design side of engineering. I specialized in Electrical Drive Control Systems in paper, steel and....

Noel Sharp

I live in Stroud, and work part-time for the circuit as the minister at Tetbury, and work part-time for Christian Aid as the Regional Coordinator....

Phil Summers

Having trained as an actor Phil went into Methodist Ministry in 1992. He is a storyteller, film maker and fine artist. He loves listening to music, from Jerry Lee Lewis to Motorhead (which admittedly isn't that far), he Park Runs every week and doesn't eat sugar. He has served Methodist Church Circuits in Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Tower Hamlets and now beautiful Gloucestershire. Phil....

James Taylor

Hi, my name is James Taylor, a United Reformed Church minister. I was ordained in 2010 after having spent most of my life as a Research Scientist at Reading where I was born, and then Cambridge working in the field of human health, including cancer research. I am married to Karen and we have two grown up children and a border collie....

Martin Turner

Born in 1948 and grew up in suburban Essex. Trained as a teacher, teaching for four years in the East End of London. Called to the Methodist Ministry he was trained at Wesley College, Bristol and then West Hill, Birmingham for a post graduate course in Youth and Community Work. He has served as Assistant Minister, Youth Centre Leader and University Chaplain at the Bradford Mission; Minister....