Revd Patrick Angier: Vicar
I have been vicar here since 2006 as vicar of St Peter's; my task is to oversee the ministry and mission of the parish. This means encouraging, training and equipping lay and ordained paid and volunteer ministry – for ministry is the role not of a few, but of the whole people of God. With the Parochial Church Council – the governing board of the parish (not to be confused with the Civil parish council) – and other staff members, we seek to be faithful to both that mission and the values that underpin it. Our aim is to equip God's people through Word, Sacrament and Spirit to live out their Christian calling in their everyday lives.
You may wonder what sort of a church we are, one of our joys is to try not to fit too easily into any boxes or be labelled as one type of church or another perhaps a way of describing Church is "mixed economy". We aim to provide a variety of worship, prayer and teaching so that all are included. We are a church with activities for children and young people, there are choirs and a music group, we sing psalms and canticles, but also choruses and songs, we use traditional language, common worship and have whole family worship. We are a growing church in a time of change, and this is always a challenge, but my prayer is that as we seek God's will and are faithful to His lead, we will become all that He wants us to be.
My role, therefore, at St. Peter's is to lead and support the people of this faith community in growing closer to God, following the teaching and example of Jesus Christ allowing the Holy Spirit to change challenge and transform us all, so that as we deepen our faith we grow closer to God and to each other, and our surrounding community is transformed.
For those who want to know a bit about the vicar, I was born in Solihull in Warwickshire & grew up in Gloucestershire. Studied sciences at University then after graduating and further studies worked as a Youth Minister in Guildford, Lichfield, Norwich and Coventry Diocese, and then, after theological college, I served my title at Holy Trinity Stratford. Beverley and I have been married for sixteen years and have four children, when not involved in church life we like getting out into the wonderful countryside that surrounds Prestbury, and are into growing our own vegetables and keeping chickens. Over the years I have written a number of books on youth work and also on liturgy and worship. Over the last year this has included an introduction to Times to Seasons published by Grove books and Connecting with Baptism by Church House publishing.
I can be contacted by e-mail at: email@example.com
Revd Pamela Hardman:
I live with my husband, Kenneth, and our white cat Thomas and we have a son Mark living in California (our daughter Pauline died in 2009).
Born in Scarborough, I moved to York for work, then moved to this side of the Pennines on marriage to Kenneth. Apart from a break with the children I worked for the Inland Revenue until taking early retirement in 1996 and enjoyed working in large offices with such a variety of people. While at home with the children I did an Open University degree in Mathematics.
I was ordained in 2001 and joined Prestbury parish in 2007 as Assistant Priest. Now retired I have opportunities for ministry on a more relaxed basis in Prestbury. I am always greatly supported by Kenneth both practically and by his independent thinking and perceptive observations.
Wider afield I am a local contact for The Compassionate Friends, a mutual support organisation for those who have a lost a child, and contribute to their Facebook group for those who have lost a child by suicide.
I’m a member of a Julian prayer group and value retreats.
In my leisure time I go walking with Kenneth (it’s an excuse for doing lunch) and with the U3A, and enjoy bird watching.
Revd Avril Ravenscroft: Associate Minister (Prestbury and Adlington)
I grew up in Surrey, have lived in Morocco, London, Toronto and Oxfordshire before moving to Prestbury in 1990. Like Keith, my background is in advertising where I worked as a designer and writer. We have four children and three small grandchildren.
Over the years my Christian faith has grown and deepened immeasurably – nudged along through worship, conversation, study groups and several yards of books! I was licensed as Reader in 2008 and I trained for ordained ministry at St Stephen’s House, Oxford. My Ordination as Deacon was at Chester Cathedral on 3rd July 2011 and I was Ordained as a Priest at Chester Cathedral on 16th June 2012.
I am a born and bred Mancunian and am the second of four children from a very close family. I have two nephews and a niece who I adore and two rabbits who I adore a little less at the moment!
Having spent 13 years working in Financial Services, I felt God's call on my life in 2009, but I was adamant that He should make it clear as I'm not very good at hints! Anyway, He did and not long afterwards I was offered a job as a Youth Worker delivering youth intervention and education programmes in Salford. So serious was this call that I enrolled on a youth work degree at the Centre for Youth Ministry and I'm currently in my second year. I've always been a committed Christian and have always volunteered within Church.
Having experienced severe budget cuts in the public sector and several withdrawals of funding, I found myself wanting to amalgamate my passion for working with young people and my passion for God and so God has brought me here to Prestbury and I look forward to sharing this journey with you.
I can be contacted by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Revd Sue Hawkins:
I was born and brought up in North Wales where I met my husband, David. We have two children and two grandchildren.
My association with Prestbury goes back to 1984 when we joined St Peter’s and helped to set up youth groups for the 11 to 18 age range. Reader training and ministry followed before David’s work took us overseas and I served as a Reader in both Istanbul and Bangkok – both a tremendous experience and a privilege. Whilst living in Turkey my call to ordained ministry was crystallised.
Following Ordination in 1999 my curacy was here at St Peter’s, and included being on the chaplaincy team at the East Cheshire Hospice. I then served jointly as Priest in charge at All Saints Church Marthall and Chaplain to the David Lewis Centre for seven years, before retiring from full time ministry in 2009. I am now back officiating at occasional services in Prestbury Parish.
Keith Ravenscroft: Reader
Avril and I have four children and three small grandchildren. Having had a career in advertising and communication in the UK and North America, I read English Literature at Cambridge and have recently begun studying for an MA in Theology.
For a large part of my life I was an atheist, and only became a committed Christian in the mid 1990s, so I feel a strong sense of urgency and ‘payback’ for those lost years. The preaching and teaching aspects of being a Reader are what most enthuse me.
I have been a worshipper at St Peter’s since 1997, was confirmed in 2001, served a term as Churchwarden from 2006-2010, and started ministerial training in 2013 on the Diocesan ‘Foundations for Ministry’ course. I then completed two further years of Pastoral Worker training and was Licensed as a Lay Pastoral Worker at Chester Cathedral in September 2016.
My calling is to the ‘back’ of the church rather than the ‘front’. I would rather be checking everyone is all right than teaching or preaching, and find the pews much more comfortable than the pulpit!
I have two grown up daughters and I was born and brought up in Brighton where some of my family still live. So if I am not in church I have probably felt the call of the sea.
I was licensed as a Reader on 30 September 1972 after a period of training - a correspondence course that ended with 3 exams taken at the dining room table with the curate acting as invigilator.
My hands-on training consisted of taking matins/evensong at various churches in the deanery, when they requested help from Canon Rogers.
Later, when Prestbury no longer had a curate, I was asked to be the face at St John's to provide continuity. That continuity is still in progress!
As from 16 October 2010 there is one change - my new licence will include the word Emeritus. That merely refers to age!