ClergyLast edited by webmaster on 8 July 2016 - 1:33pm
About our clergy
tel: 01477 533124
Paul has been vicar at St. Luke’s for the past fourteen years. Before coming to us, he was vicar of Partington.
"After seven years ministering in Partington, coming to Holmes Chapel was a real contrast. There are huge social and cultural differences but the spiritual needs are the same. It is a real privilege to be involved in ordained ministry and I love sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and ministering to the huge variety of pastoral needs. If I am able to help in any way please do get in touch.I hope you enjoy our website as it gives a glimpse into the varied life of St. Luke’s as we seek to 'Make Christ known in the community of Holmes Chapel so that all can share in the joy of God’s love'. "
our Curate is the Reverend Gail Miller
tel: 01477 532184
After spending a year attached to St. Luke's during her ordination training, we are delighted that Gail continues with us as Curate assisting Vicar Paul in his ministry in the parish.
Previously a Licensed Lay Reader attached to St. Peter's, Elworth, Gail was ordained Deacon by Bishop Peter in Chester Cathedral on Sunday 3rd July 2016.
our Honorary Priest is the Reverend Canon Ron Smith:
tel: 01477 544072
I retired to Holmes Chapel in 2001 after serving for eleven years in the diocese of Manchester and fifteen years in the diocese of Southwell where I was ordained in 1975.
Before ordination I was a sales representative in the wine trade and later a full time Youth Worker for the YMCA. I trained for ministry at Lincoln theological college.
I have three grown up children, namely Timothy who lives in Sussex, Sarah who lives in Nottinghamshire and David who lives in Bradford. I married Anne in 1999 who has one son who lives and works in the village.
"I have been able to continue my ministry in a variety of parishes in East Cheshire as vacancies have arisen and there has been a need for cover during inter-regnums. I have been pleased to celebrate the Eucharist at St. Luke’s when needed and have shared the joy of parishioners in baptisms and weddings and supported families in the sadness of bereavement and funerals."
tel: 01477 544072
Although Holmes Chapel has been my home for the last ten years, I was born and brought up in Cardiff. I trained as a teacher at St. Mary’s, Cheltenham and began my career at a girls public school in Malvern. Thereafter, I moved from one local education authority to another as I taught in a variety of primary and special schools. After finishing my masters degree I was appointed as deputy of a primary school in Salford and then as Head teacher of a junior school in Winsford.
I have been married to Ron for sixteen years and have one son, David, by my previous marriage.
After my retirement, I enrolled on the Diocesan Foundations for Ministry course and became aware of a calling to ministry. The skills of my previous profession seemed appropriate to use in the role of Reader and having completed a further three years of training, I was duly licensed.
"I have been hugely supported by the Vicar and the Church family of St. Luke’s throughout this period and I hope to be a support to them in the future as we journey together in our faith and look to share that faith with others."