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These are the ministers of the Gloucestershire Circuit.

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....

Peter Clarkson

I joined the circuit in July 2019 and am delighted to be Minister at Christchurch Abbeydale (LEP) and Minister of 3 United Reformed Churches in the Forest of Dean. I have been a URC minister most of my working life, although I have also served an Independent Evangelical Church in Manchester as a Pastor/Teacher, and for Scripture Union Bible Ministries. I am married to Julia and have two....

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....

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....

Revd John Hellyer - Gloucestershire Superintendent Methodist Minister

John joined the circuit as Superintendent Minister on 1 September 2019 from the South East District where he served as the District Chair for 13 years. He was born and brought up on the Devon and Somerset border. He studied chemistry at Leeds University where he also met his wife, Mary. He has served in appointments in Bradford and Birmingham and enjoys walking, gardening and reading....

Rachel Hope

I grew up in Nottingham. My first job was with Boots the Chemists in the laboratories. I met my husband Phil, through bell ringing and we have lived in Derbyshire and Somerset before I trained for ministry at Sarum College, Salisbury. I have been stationed in Oldham and Skelmersdale before moving here on the 1st September 2020. We have a daughter Emma currently working and living in London.....

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....

Revd Rachel Leather 2

My name is Rachel Leather and I joined the circuit in September 2019 and have responsibility for Bishops Cleeve and St Mark's, Cheltenham. This is my first appointment, having spent the last two years training at theological college in Birmingham. Prior to entering ministry I spent most of my career working for the Citizens Advice Bureau in volunteer management. I am married to David, who....

Revd Dr John McNeill 3

John joined the circuit as a Minister on 1 September 2019 from the North of Scotland Mission Circuit where he was....

Deacon Sue Peat

Deacon Sue Peat works at churches and projects in the Quedgeley, Stonehouse and Innsworth area. In her spare time she enjoys watching films, theatre and TV quiz shows and has appeared on The Chase and Tipping Point! Sue is a qualified lifeguard and swimming teacher and enjoys swimming and running (or fast walking!) and walking her two dogs; Jenny a Golden Retriever and a boisterous....

Noel Sharp

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

Simon Topping

I work with six churches in the Stroud area (Stroud, Chalford, Brimscombe, Amberley, Randwick and Stonehouse), three of which are Anglican/Methodist Local Ecumenical Partnerships.Before moving to Gloucestershire I worked as a Methodist Minister in London, Birmingham and Argentina. I am married to Jane who is a chaplain at Brockworth House MHA and we have three sons who have all now....

Wendy Tucker

I moved to the Gloucestershire Circuit in September 2020 with pastoral responsibility for Cirencester Ashcroft, Fairford and South Cerney United Churches.I am married to Nigel, a Civil Servant, and we both come from nearby Stratton St. Margaret in Swindon. We have two grown-up daughters who work as a Civil Engineer and for Tearfund respectively. I have been a Methodist Local Preacher since....

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....

Jayne Webb

Born in Birmingham but lived much of my life on Gloucester/Hereford border. On leaving school I trained as a psychiatric nurse and then as nurse tutor. I went on to study various psychologies and therapeutic practices which led me into specialising in change leadership in many different contexts. I trained as a Methodist minister at Wesley College, Bristol and was ordained in 2006 in....