Ordained in 1987 and after nearly 9 years of Parish Ministry near Salisbury, Philip then spent the next 20 years as an Army Chaplain serving with several different Regiments and Brigades both at home and overseas.
Married to Ann, with 3 grown up children and 4 grandchildren, he enjoys running (jogging now), reading, films and good beer.
The role of Reader in the Church of England is defined as one encompassing preaching, teaching and leading acts of worship, but you will also find him doing many other things.
In 1996, he went to study at the University of Huddersfield graduating with an Honours degree in Music in 1999. The following year, he graduated again with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and has been a teacher for the last 20 years. Simon holds a number of music performance diplomas, two of which are awarded specifically for services to music and liturgy.
Simon is delighted to be joining St Mark's Winshill in this and is greatly excited to be part of the church community.
Outside church and scouting life, you can often find him taking an early morning walk around Burton and the Trent.
In her role as PCC Secretary she is the principle point of contact for St Mark's PCC (Parochial Church Council), she organises meetings, and handles all correspondence.
career in full time ministry. He has served in parishes in many parts of England
following his ordination in Southwell Diocese and his last benefice was in south
Birmingham serving a large and needy estate. Among the many joys of that parish
were the large number of weddings and baptisms that were drawn to the pretty and
ancient church he served. He has had close connections with the schools and young
people in all his parishes. Richard and Lynn now have the joy of grandchildren, their
garden and practical pastimes of many kinds and love being a part of Saint Mark’s
The PCC is not there just to talk, (although that is important) but also to act in the best interests of St Mark's Church and the community in which we sit. That action always has at its heart the promoting of the Kingdom of God.
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