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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 the Buckley & Deeside circuit....

Frances Biseker

I'm married to Jon Chesworth. We live in Leominster where our ministry is based. 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....

James Eaton Challinor

I'm originally from Staffordshire but spent 15 years working in London and living in Essex. I trained part time for ministry at the South East Institute of Theological Education which was based in Southwark. I was stationed to the Shropshire and Marches Circuit in 2015, this being my first ministerial appointment. I spent the first three years based in Tenbury Wells with a number of....

Carys (2)

The Shropshire and Marchers Circuit is my third circuit as a Deacon. First I was in North Lincolnshire around the Brigg area, then the South Kent Circuit. All these places were rural circuits. I am passionate about rural ministry, about encouraging others, listening and being Christ's presence within an area. In my spare time enjoy reading, walking and camping. I love being out in nature,....

Jacob Molyneux (2)

For the past two years I have worked full time in the Northern area of our Circuit. I first served the Lord, as a young volunteer, working for the Waldensian Church in Italy, where I also learnt to speak Italian. It was here I first saw the love of Jesus in the actions of the nuns I worked alongside. Some years later, I was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Salvation Army, where I trained....

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....

Shalomeski

I've been known in these parts for riding a horse to chapel, planting prayer chains in the garden with seeds, taking our prayers, burning them and burying them in the pouring rain on Good Friday, having a good sense of humour but also taking ministry very seriously. I've been compared to the Vicar of Dibley on more than one occasion (I could do with a Verger Alice type friend to....

Kim Stillwell

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.....

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I started as 'Community Chaplain' in September 2012. I have been working for the circuit for the last three years, and have felt it a real privilege to serve God in the role I had been doing.During the last three years, God has given me opportunities to share my faith with others in positive ways, which is why I am looking forward to the challenges of this post. In this role I will....

Celia MacIntyre

Hello. I am the Lay Pastoral Visitor for what is known as The Ministry of the Good Shepherd.My role is to visit and keep in touch with the members of the Church congregations in and around Shrewsbury who for reasons of health or age are no longer able regularly to attend services. I am also able to take Extended Holy Communion to those who wish to receive it.This role is deeply rewarding....

David Gwatkin

David is the seventh generation of Gwatkin to farm in the Welsh Marches. His background and his personal experience make him all too aware of the often overwhelming pressures farmers, their families and communities can face."Like farming, being a chaplain is often about leaving the comfort of our church, our home behind and getting out there, getting muddy, going where the need is.....