Introducing ourselves

The Revd Garry Hinchcliffe
(Team Rector & St John the Baptist)
01423 202092    teamrector@knaresboroughanglicans.org.uk

Garry has been in post since October 2013. Prior to that, he had held incumbencies within this diocese, and in his home diocese of Glasgow and Galloway, where he was ordained in 1994. More about Garry.

 

The Revd Jo Henderson
(Team Vicar & St Mary the Virgin, Goldsborough and Holy Trinity)
01423 860584   
teamvicar@knaresboroughanglicans.org.uk
 Jo became Team Vicar in October 2016, coming from the Anglican Chaplaincy in Abu Dhabi where she had been ordained in 2012.  More about Jo.
 

The Revd Claire Renshaw
(Team Curate)
01423 398944    teamcurate@knaresboroughanglicans.org.uk

Claire joined us in July 2015 and was ordained priest  in July 2016.
More about Claire.



The Revd Andrew Pearse
 (Associate Priest)
01423 797033    
andrew@knaresboroughanglicans.org.uk
Andrew joined the Knaresborough Team in 2014, with a focus on Goldsborough, after living in York for nearly 26 years. More about Andrew.
 

The Revd Bill Snelson
(Retired Priest, website)
01423 862660  
bill@knaresboroughanglicans.org.uk
Bill was General Secretary of Churches Together in England before retiring to Knaresborough in 2009.  More about Bill.

 

Mrs Jenny Bradley, Parish Administrator

Office Open
9.30 - 2.30 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

(01423) 869209  
office@knaresboroughanglicans.org.uk


 

Sharon Foster (Churchwarden)
St. John the Baptist, Knaresborough

"One of the things which drew me to regular worship at St.John’s some 10 years ago was the music. For me music is a wonderful way of expressing our faith."     More about Sharon.



Pam Thomas (Churchwarden)
St John the Baptist, Knaresborough

"St John's has supported me all through  difficult times, with love, care and many prayers which has helped me so much."

More about Pam.

 

Tom Lywood (Churchwarden)
St Mary the Virgin,
 Goldsborough
"I look forward to meeting you in our beautiful church set in the Domesday listed village. You can be assured of a very warm and friendly welcome..."

 
 

Denise Cullingworth (Churchwarden)
Holy Trinity, Knaresborough

"Holy Trinity is a great place to worship and share both the good times and the not so good ones. You are very welcome to join us."
More about Denise.
 

 

Simon Sarmiento  (Churchwarden)
Holy Trinity, Knaresborough

More about Simon.

 

 

Evelyn Marston and David Andrews (Churchwardens)
St Paul & St Margaret, Nidd

More about Evelyn and David.

 

LIcensed Readers 
Wilf Mulryne  
More about Wilf.
Andrew Smith  More about Andrew.
Marilyn Summers  
More about Marilyn.
Gordon Wren  More about Gordon.

 


BIOGRAPHIES

The Revd Garry Hinchcliffe
Our Team Rector, Garry, has been in post since October 2013. Prior to that, he had held incumbencies within this diocese, and his home diocese of Glasgow and Galloway, where he was ordained in 1994.
Studying Divinity at Edinburgh University gave him a passion for Ecclesiastical History and the Gospels, but his overriding love is for people and pastoral ministry.
Although Garry has overall responsibility for the whole Team (being also Priest-in-Charge of Nidd), his main focus is very much on the mission and vision at St John's - leading our community forward in prayer and action.
Hobbies include: being an armchair rugby fan, watching movies, reading and being with family... Garry is married to Sue, a primary school teacher, and they have 5 children. They feel very fortunate, that God has called them to work and minister with wonderful people, in such a beautiful town and within such a glorious county. If our Rector could be anywhere else in the world, it would be on the banks of Loch Lomond, near to where he grew up, watching the sunlight playing on the water, whilst 'nursing' a large glass of good red wine!    Top


The Revd Jo Henderson
Jo became Team Vicar in October 2016, coming from the Anglican Chaplaincy in Abu Dhabi where she had been ordained in 2012.
Formerly a Methodist Local Preacher Jo was licensed as a Reader in 2007, accepted for ordination training in 2010 and and studied at Ripon College, Cuddesdon.
Jo is married to Ralph, a Civil Engineer, and they have two sons – James and Tom.
The family has lived abroad since 1997, in  Greece, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.  Top


The Revd Claire Renshaw
Claire trained for ordination on the Yorkshire Ministry Course Contextual Pathway at Mirfield and previously did the reader training at York St John’s.   Prior to college Claire was a self -employed accountant and parish administrator, spent a short time teaching accountancy at Joseph Priestly College and was also involved in lay ministry at St James in Wetherby, particularly exploring aspects of pioneer ministry.  She grew up just down the road in Boston Spa and has lived in Yorkshire most of her life (moved from the Wirral aged six with her Dad's job).  Her hobbies are getting away in the caravan and enjoying the countryside with her family and dog, socialising with friends, reading and watching films.  She is married to Steve who has his own business as a heating engineer and is a keen mountain biker.  They have two children, Thomas and Sophie, also keen cyclists.  She enjoys music and the arts and ihave valued meeting new people, exploring Knaresborough and discovering new opportunities to serve God. Top


The Revd Andrew Pearse
We (Jane, my wife also) are really happy to be here after living in York for nearly 26 years.
I have been ordained for 42 years and, in that time, have been a curate twice , in Hackney and Oldham and a vicar in an urban area of Manchester.  We then moved with our family of 2 girls and 2 boys to York where I became an area secretary for the South American Mission Society.  It was supposed to be a 5 year contract and then back into parish ministry, but the role was so fulfilling that I ended up doing that job for 14 years.  That agency is now part of Church Mission Society and Goldsborough has a link with CMS through Corrie in Uganda.
When I left SAMS, I worked as Chapliancy Co -ordinater for York Hospice for 8 years and then retired. I then felt that it was fine being able to support Jane in her full time job working for Leeds CAB and being a grandad etc., but God had other things 'up his sleeve'  so I am very pleased to be here in a different town, a different diocese and a different life. Top


The Revd Bill Snelson
Brought up in Birkenhead, Bill read theology at Oxford and trained for the priesthood at Westcott House, Cambridge. After curacies in the Guildford diocese and at Leeds Parish Church, he was Vicar of St Matthew, Chapel Allerton Leeds for five years, and then Vicar of Bardsey with East Keswick from 1981 to 1993.He spent four years as full-time County Ecumenical Officer for West Yorkshire Ecumenical Council (WYEC) before going to the London-based post of General Secretary of Churches Together in England. He took (slightly early) retirement in 2008, and his wife Beryl and he moved to Knaresborough a year later. They have a daughter and family living in Shadwell, Leeds, and a son and family in Shrewsbury. Bill spent the following seven years as Development Officer and Communications Officer for the Anglican Centre in Rome.  Top


Sharon Foster
I am a Yorkshire lass born and bred in Sheffield. My father’s family were connected with the Sheffield Assay Office from the 1800’s. From an early age I attended, with my brother, St. Thomas’s Church in Crookes, both of us singing in the church choir for a number of years. We were also confirmed there.
I continued singing in choirs as a student during my teacher training at college in Lincoln. A most memorable occasion was the opportunity to sing in the St. Matthew Passion in Lincoln Cathedral. (Also memorable because I had my arm in plaster having broken my wrist playing hockey!!)
Although originally trained as a Primary school teacher, during a 40 year career I  have also taught in both Secondary and Further Education. In the 70’s I took a break from the classroom to work in Youth Services which is what brought me to Knaresborough in 1975.
Retirement a few years ago provided the opportunity to spend more time with friends, develop interests and become more involved in church life at St. John’s. Time spent as a sidesperson has been a good way of getting to know the congregation better and being a member of the DCC and PCC to understand the workings of the parish!
One of the things which drew me to regular worship at St.John’s some 10 years ago was the music. For me music is a wonderful way of expressing our faith through singing hymns and responses and our services at St.John’s are particularly enriched by having one of the best church choirs in the country .
Becoming a church warden has proved to be both a steep learning curve in what goes on behind the scenes, (including knowing more now about drains ….) and a real privilege to be involved in so many different aspects of church life.  Top

 


  Pam Thomas writes:
"I was born and bred in Sheffield and attended a Methodist Church. My father was a Methodist local preacher for over 40 years and Mum was very involved in the Church.nnn

I trained as a nurse in Sheffield and qualified as a State Registered Nurse in 1965.
I married Peter in 1967 and moved to Knaresborough and had two children Karen and Darren. 
I joined St John's as we wanted to worship together and was confirmed in 1968.
I have been a sidesperson for 45 years and also I am a server. I find it a great privilege to administer the Chalice. I joined Voix Celeste and enjoy singing in this choir and also enjoy singing in St John’s choir when they needed extra singers; what a privilege to sing evensong in Wakefield Cathedral!
I have had much sadness in my life: my son died in 2015, my husband Peter in 2016 and my Mum in 2017. St John's has supported me all through this difficult time, with love, care and many prayers which has helped me so much.
I was invited to be a Church Warden this year (2017) and have accepted the challenge. 
I have much to learn but I look forward to do my best to serve the Church and those who attend."   Top


Evelyn Marston and David Andrews
Evelyn Marston has worshipped at Nidd Church for 60 years and has been churchwarden for 30 years.
As well as being churchwarden David Andrews is the organist, and as a licensed Diocesan Reader he often leads Mattins and the various carol services in November and December. Top


Denise Cullingworth writes:
"A  little cottage on Waterside has been my  home for well over 30 years.  No need to downsize as we never upsized!  My husband Richard, who died in April 2015, and I have one married son, Oliver. I was licensed as a Diocesan Reader in October 2017. At Holy Trinity I am privileged to be a chalice administrator and serve on PCC, DCC, deanery synod...oh and I am also Church Warden!  I work full time as a Specialist Screening Practitioner for the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (a new slant on Poo sticks)! In my “spare time” I love baking, I try to keep fit by running, I love going to the ballet and theatre and eating out. Holy Trinity is a great place to worship and share both the good times and the not so good ones. You are very welcome to join us."  Top

 


Simon Sarmiento writes:
"My wife Marilyn and I only moved to Knaresborough in September 2014, but we have long been regular visitors, as two of our children came to live here about fifteen years ago. We decided that it would be good to move nearer to them as we got older, and made our plans accordingly.
We are now very pleased not to be still living in the southeast of England. As I was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire is my home county. Nevertheless I still travel to London fairly regularly, as I serve as a trustee of the charity Inclusive Church, and I also chair a group called LGBTI Mission that works for equality specifically within the Church of England.
Previously, we lived in St Albans for over forty years, and I worked (mainly in London) for a computer software consultancy. I was an active parishioner in the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban and I was also very active in the St Albans diocese for many of those years.  But I was never a Church Warden until now!"


Wilf Mulryne
"I was born and brought up in Northern Ireland. After Cambridge University, I returned to Northern Ireland where my career was given over to education. After early teaching both in school and at Queen's University, I was in1978 appointed Head of the Royal School Armagh and then in1988 Head of Methodist College Belfast. Alongside my career in education, I was licensed as a Reader in the (Anglican) Church of Ireland in 1973, serving in the dioceses of Connor and Armagh before returning to England in 2011 in the diocese of Ripon and Leeds. My most important voluntary work (apart from as a Reader) has been in Scouting in which I was Chief Commissioner for Northern Ireland. In 2006 I was appointed OBE for services to education and young people. I have been married to Doreen for 48 years and we have four children and six grandchildren." Top


Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith read Engineering at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and then obtained a PhD in soil mechanics. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and of the Geological Society of London. Andrew is a Reader at St John’s and is also treasurer of both the Church and the choir. Music takes up much of his spare time: he sings in St John’s Choir and the Leeds Festival Chorus, and local choir ‘Voix Celestes’ started life as a group of choir mums who met each week at his home to rehearse an item for the Christmas concert. Andrew says, 'I moved to Knaresborough in 2001 to take up my current job. I started going to St John's because it was my local church and I was almost immediately recruited to join the choir. One of the things that I like most about St. John's is the high standards in making the music an integral part of the worship. I have made many friends both within the church and the choir and this has
become an important aspect of my social life.'  
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Marilyn Summers
Wife, Mum and Grandma, Marilyn has been involved with the Anglican Church since joining Sunday School at the age of three.  Having moved to Goldsborough in 2012, she is delighted to exercise her readerministry at St Mary's, as well as in outher churches in the Harrogate Deanery.


Gordon Wren
A former school-teacher, Gordon's ministry focuses on Holy Trinity, as reader, server and thurifer.