The Team

Below are brief introductions to some of our team at Christchurch and English Bicknor...

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Revd. Capt. Tony Williams CA

Having grown up in Manchester and 'requested' by my form teacher to leave school at 15, (he thought it might be better for the school!) I became and apprentice electrician. I was quite shocked to discover that God was interested in me, and loved me for who I was and became passionate about letting other know this good news.

I joined The Church Army in 1976 and have had a great time working in some amazing places and seeing people with no church background discovering that they 'really matter' to God. Having worked as a Parish evangelist, a youth worker, a trainer, a project development worker, a Youth Work Adviser and the manager of an outdoor centre I feel genuinely privileged to be called to encourage the Christian life and witness of Christchurch and St Mary's here in the Forest of Dean.

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Revd. Robin Mann

Worcester-born, and educated at Worcester Cathedral King's School, Robin qualified and practised as a Chartered Town Planner, specialising in strategic planning, before taking a career-break to read philosophy and theology at Cambridge. God's strategic planning led him to be married to Rosemary, a history teacher, in 1976 and be ordained in Ripon Cathedral in 1977. He has ministered amongst soldiers in Yorkshire and Wiltshire, forest people in Worcestershire and finally sheep and deer - and a few people - on Exmoor.

A team player at heart, Robin passionately holds that "the Church's Ministry is shared by all Christian people". He has encouraged and enabled Christians in the creative use of their God-given gifts in home, work, school, recreation, church and community. Always wanting to "work himself out of a job", in 1993 he was granted sabbatical leave from his Worcestershire parishes and on his return members of the local lay-ministry team asked, "What did you need to come back for?"

He retired to Edge End in 2007 and is still glad to assist in local parishes. He's often said that he's there just to open doors for God to get through to people and for them to get through to God, whatever the occasion, formal church services or simply in the changes and chances of everyday life.

He enjoys walking, oil-painting, playing his cello and playing with grandchildren.

Glenda White-Miller, Lay Reader

I have lived in Mitcheldean for over 30 years, have 3 grown up children and work as an administration assistant in Gloucester.

I first came to Christchurch for a 3 month placement during my Reader training. During that time God sowed a seed in my heart and a few months after my placement ended Christchurch became my home church. I was licensed as a lay Reader in September 2011 and am involved in a range of church activities including leading worship and preaching. In March 2015 I was accepted to join the Church Army Mission Community as an evangelist.

Sally Whittington, Local Ministry Team

I go to Christchurch Church and belong to the L.M.T. do readings and prayers in services, also part of the P.P.C. and Friends of Christchurch. Write prayers in the Parish Magazine and help out with transport etc.

I love being part of such a vibrant benefice. I married a Forester and have lived in this parish since 1981. Our children went to Berry Hill Primary and Lakers and now we have 4 grandchildren doing the same, so that keeps me up to date with local people and their families. I love being in this area, like to get involved in the community and especially both our churches.

Linda James, Churchwarden at Christchurch

I'm a mum of two sons, of whom I'm very proud, and a nanny of two beautiful granddaughters. I'm very fortunate to be employed as a full time teacher in a primary school - a job that I love. I've lived in the Forest for nearly 25 years and, for most of that time, have sung with the Drybrook and District Ladies Choir, of which I'm treasurer (at present) and deputy conductor.

Having been invited, by a former work colleague, to a service at Christchurch almost 13 years ago, I've been a regular member of the congregation ever since and have been churchwarden for 8 of those years.

Trevor Harvey, Churchwarden at Christchurch

I am one of the churchwardens. I was born in Felixstowe in Suffolk, one of six boys. I am a retired mechanichal engineer. I was in the Royal Navy for 15 years and for 7 years I was in nuclear submarines. I love to travel with my wife Ann in our campervan visiting other countries and enjoying other cultures. We also enjoy playing in a brass band. I play the tuba. I have three children and three grandchildren.

Rick Light, Treasurer at Christchurch

My childhood was in boarding school - I don't want to talk about it! I joined the Air Force at 15 and stayed 25 years, then spent the rest of my life in logistics.

I try to be a good Christian and it is my most important thing in life now. I have a wife who keeps me on my toes, and find great joy in being with her. Really I suppose I'm a dull old chap!

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