Rector of Stoke: The Revd Canon Andrew Wickens. Having joined the Stoke Team in March 2017, Revd Andrew is Rector of Stoke Minster, leads the team, and is Ecumenical Churches/City Link Officer. This includes the responsibility for the relations between the Minster and the City.
Minster Priest and Team Vicar of All Saints: Rev Geoff Eze. Geoff is the priest in charge of All Saints Hanley. With the aid of a Heritage Grant this building is undergoing a major refurbishment including the installation of a chapel for the small Sunday congregation. He has a responsibility at the Minster and is the main link with the educational establishments namely: Stoke Minster School, Waterside School, St Peter’s Academy and the Sixth Form College.
Curate: Fr Bill Durose was ordained as a Deacon in June 2014 at Lichfield Cathedral, and as Priest in June 2015. He serves as a locally ordained minister within the team. This means that he remains in his full time employment at the local Sainsburys, but serves as an unpaid curate within the team. Bill has worship at Stoke Minster for over 30 years.
Team Vicar of Fenton. Fr Tommy Merry is the latest
addition to the Team, being appointed in June 2016. He is the Team Vicar for the two Fenton churches: Christ Church and St Paul’s. St Paul’s has been part of the team for many years but Christ church is now being added to create the new Team of Stoke & Fenton. Fr Tommy was trained at Mirfield. He is no stranger to Stoke-on-Trent as, before he came to Fenton, he was curate in the Hanley Team.
Rev Vivienne Flanagan is Chaplain to St Peter’s Academy but also licensed to the Stoke Team. Vivienne’s full-time involvement is the the school. However, she does take occasionally services and has a special responsibility for the children’s’ work at Stoke Minster.
Retired Locally Ordained Minister: Rev Pauline Lockley. Pauline is a retired head teacher. Originally a member of the All Saints congregation, she served the team for ten years as a Reader. In 2002 she was ordained a Locally Ordained Priest. She is now retired (again!) but continues to assist in leading worship and preaching. She has a particular commitment to the parish prayer group.
Reader: Roger Brammer. Roger was licensed as a Reader in 2012. He assists in leading worship and preaching. He frequently leads the Sunday and mid-week Evening Prayer services. Roger is a poet and has had a book ‘Lone Sail’ published. Roger helps run the Contemplative Prayer Group which meets at the Minster fortnightly on a Tuesday.
John Walley was licensed in 2012 as an Accredited Lay Minster in the parish. He has a particular ministry of Pastoral Care. He takes the Sacrament out to the sick and housebound. He often assists at funerals and baptism. He has a ministry of following up funeral by phone and is available on a Wednesday morning at the Minster as ‘a listening ear’.
Administrator. Mandy was appointed as the part-time administrator for the parish in January 2016.
She is based in the office in Stoke Minster. She is normally there on a Tuesday morning. Mandy and her family are regular worshippers at Stoke Minster.
The Team Wardens for the Parish are Jill Palmer and Mike Shaw . Mike worships at Stoke Minster and Jill at St Paul’s Mount Pleasant on Sunday and at Stoke Minster at the Wednesday Eucharist.