Clergy

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About our clergy

Vicar - Revd Paul Mason our Vicar is the Reverend Paul Mason:

 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.
 

 He was ordained in Chester Cathedral in 1993 after  which he served a curacy in Handforth. Prior to entering the ministry, he trained as a horticulturalist and worked at a Garden Centre in Knutsford for sixteen years before embarking on ordination training at Cranmer Hall, St. John’s College in Durham.

He spent his childhood in Lancashire where he became, and still is, a keen supporter of Bolton Wanderers FC. He lost Sue, his wife of over forty years, earlier in 2016 after a long struggle with cancer.  They have two children – now adults – Heather and Mark.

Paul writes:

"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 on Sunday 3rd July 2016 and Priest on Saturday 17th June 2017 by Bishop Peter in Chester Cathedral..

Canon Ron Smith

 

 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.

Ron writes:

"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."
 

 our Licensed Reader is Mrs Anne Smith:

 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.

Anne writes:

"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."