Parish: Thaxted, The Sampfords, Radwinter and Hempstead
I was born in Kent and spent my childhood between the Ashdown Forest in Sussex and the Island of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, where my father later became an Episcopalian priest.
I once worked for a Diocesan Board of Finance, later as an Airline Security Supervisor and currently for the University of Cambridge. When my three children were young my family ran a small rare-breeds farm near Thaxted. I'm addicted to gardening and my faith in God, particularly as revealed in his wonderful creation, has driven my concern for the environment and compassion in farming.
I have worshipped in Thaxted Church for almost thirty years and I'm excited to be serving there together with the Sampfords, Radwinter and Hempstead as a locally deployed curate. My call to ordained ministry came slowly. As a Lay Benedictine, finding stability and listening to God from a still centre within, eventually led me to say ‘yes!’ to this awesome journey.
Parish: Halstead Team Ministry
Beverley lives in rural North Essex with her husband Barry and golden retriever Tess. Essex has become their home county after moving from Bishops Stortford ten years ago. Beverley met Barry whilst she was working as a nursing sister at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, he as a Police Inspector at Paddington Green Police Station. They have three adult children, and it was through baptism preparation that they both accepted Christ into their lives. Beverley was a trainer for many years with Acorn Christian Healing Foundation and has always been an active member of church, currently at St Andrew’s, Shalford.
Beverley had a thirty six year nursing career; on early retirement in 2012 she became the Diocesan Pastoral Assistant Training Co-ordinator, which has been enormously fulfilling and also transformational, leading her to hear the unexpected call to ordination.
In July, Beverley became the newest member of the Order of St Cedd for her work in training. She set up the Pastoral Assistants’ Foundation Course and over 400 people have attended this course to date.
Beverley looks forward to serving her curacy in the Halstead Team Ministry.
Parish: Stansted Mountfitchet with Birchanger and Farnham
I was born and brought up in Sittingbourne, Kent and came to faith as a teenager through singing in a school choir performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion. I have always loved music, especially singing and playing the oboe and I went to Goldsmith’s College, London University, to study for my degree in music after leaving school.
I subsequently taught music in London comprehensive schools for 7 years. An unusual change of career followed this- I took up flying as a hobby, but went on to make it my profession. I’ve flown for various airlines over the last 26 years, most recently as a captain with EasyJet.
I initially explored a call to ministry before I began flying, but realised it wasn’t the right time to pursue it. It’s taken a while to re-surface, but it never really went away.
I now live in Gt Dunmow, where I’ve been a church musician, served on the PCC and Deanery Synod as well as leading baptism preparation sessions.
I’m single, have a cat and four rabbits and enjoy swimming and golf.