Across the Shropshire and Marches Methodist Circuit, we have 10 Methodist Ministers.
Superintendent – Revd Richard Hall
Richard grew up in the South Yorkshire mining village of Askern. After leaving school he took a degree in physics at the University of Sussex and then worked for six years in the co-operative movement, mostly with “common ownership” businesses.
He studied for the ministry at the Queens College, Birmingham and has spent twenty years in Wales, serving in Buckley & Deeside, Swansea & Gower (where he was also Superintendent and university chaplain) and most recently the Wales Training Network.
He is married to Jayne. They have two daughters and two dogs. Richard has kept a blog since 2002 and is an active user of social media: find him on Twitter as @richardhall.
Revd Neil Adams
I was born and bred in the Black Country, and am very proud of my roots – any trip back to see family or watch Wolverhampton Wanderers play will see my accent return! I have four children the youngest two currently live with me in Wem. I trained for ministry at Queens Foundation in Birmingham, and have served in Circuits in North Staffs, Leicestershire, Birmingham, Stafford and arrived in Shropshire and Marches in 2014. I have gained a wide experience in different types of community; inner city, town, mixed and rural.
My passion has always been leading people on in worship, growing in faith and seeing churches become more open and welcoming.
So many people within our communities see church as an irrelevance, an outdated institution – our main task in these days surely is to become more caring, loving and compassionate so that the love of Christ might be seen and felt outside the walls of our buildings, that the Church might become what it was always destined to be.
Revd Jon Chesworth
I’ve been a minister for twenty-two years and before that I worked in the Pottery industry in Stoke.
Although I went to Sunday school as a young child, I spent many years away from the church only returning when my life needed a meaning and purpose beyond tinkering with old motorbikes! I enjoy the countryside and after my first ministry in the Hanley circuit, I’ve gravitated to rural churches and lived in Shrewsbury, Minsterley and now Leominster. I’m married to Rev Frances Biseker and I’ve got two grown up sons and a dog and too many motorbikes.
Revd Frances Biseker
I’m married to Jon Chesworth. We live in Leominster where Jon’s ministry is based, and I commute up to Ludlow most days. I was ordained in 1990, and have served the Connexion mainly in the north and midlands. When I moved to Shrewsbury in 2005 I hadn’t bargained on marrying the neighbouring Superintendent! I’m now step mum to two virtually grown up young men.
My focus of ministry over the years has often been about how we make the church a loving and welcoming place, and I really enjoy doing those things that help us grow more deeply into the love of God. My hobbies and interests are mainly crafty – spinning, knitting etc, and when I’ve time I play the flute.
Revd James Eaton-Challinor
Revd Kim Stilwell
I’m based in Ludlow where I live with my wife Stella and three of our five children, having moved in 2015 from Cheshire where I was in my first appointment for 10 years. I feel it is a real privilege to work among the great people in the churches I serve, together sharing our faith in deed and word – trying to make a difference to people’s lives and helping to grow God’s kingdom. I think a good and welcoming atmosphere is really important and try to cultivate that. My hobbies include cycling, walking and singing, as well as fiddling with things and trying to make them work better!
Revd Stella Long
I moved to Ellesmere in 2014 from the Romsey Circuit in Hampshire where I was the Superintendent of a one minister circuit. I am married to Richard with three married children, seven grandchildren and two dogs. I love living and working in the country and among rural churches where I enjoy the deep spirituality and commitment to God of his people.
Revd Den Bulloss
Revd Hazel Ratcliffe
Revd Silas Wood
I serve three churches in Shrewsbury, where I have lived since August 2010. Now I have settled in and ‘found my feet’ in ministry. I am looking forward to getting more involved in mission in the town, especially to those who feel marginalised by the church. I am keen to explore new ways of bringing God’s love to people who see the church as an outdated place, irrelevant to their lives, and also to help the people in my care to share their love of God and the good news of the Gospel with others too.
Shalome MacNeill Cooper
I am from Atlantic Canada (Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland) but I spent many years in Ottawa, Ontario. While there, I studied Biblical Exegesis in the Hebrew Testament. I also studied archaeology in the Middle East. I have worked as a stand-up comedienne and as voice talent on a radio show. I earned a Master of Divinity before moving to Scotland to work with the Iona Community.
I tend to be an ‘engaged spirituality’ focused person, finding practical ways to bring Jesus’ teachings into the everyday. A rural person at heart, I have concerns for food justice and rural life. I am a Harry Potter fan and have lead retreats on theological themes in Harry Potter. I love history, am slowly becoming a bird watcher (thanks to the Shropshire Hills), and I am developing gardening skills. I am married to Frank, a retired radio journalist. Currently, I am undertaking a Masters of Theology in Transformational Ministry at Newman University.
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