I taught English and was Senior Housemistress at Epsom College, a large coeducational day and boarding school in Surrey before becoming a priest. I am currently Team Vicar of Totnes (with seven parishes and nine churches) and from March 2016 look forward to serving as Chaplain to the High Sheriff of Devon in addition to my current responsibilities.
I am particularly drawn to monastic wisdom and contemplative prayer, relishing opportunities to engage with people, who would describe themselves as spiritual rather than religious. I delight in discovering the sacred in the ordinary. I am re-created by singing with Devonly Voices Community Choir, walking the coast path, Pilates, reading and relaxing with family and friends.
I am grandly titled the Totnes Team Rector, which basically means I have oversight of nine parishes, including Marldon. I have been a priest for over 30 years, serving in parishes across the country, ranging from Tyneside in the Northeast to the Isles of Scilly in the far Southwest. I have currently been in the Totnes team for 10 years and also serve as the Rural Dean for the Totnes Deanery.
In addition to my ministry, which dominates my time, I have a passion for music and as well as supporting Church music, sing in a small secular choir, Cameo. However, I am never happier than when I am out and about in the parishes meeting people and sharing the joys of my Christian ministry.
As a late entrant to dog collar life, I am enjoying hugely being part of the Totnes Mission Community team. I have particularly relished putting down roots in Marldon’s school and church communities. Living near Dartington, with my husband, Richard, means cocker spaniel dog walking continues to be a daily pleasure of weekly life. I have been able to exercise a limited amount of my passion for gardening but hope to grow involvement beyond the community orchard in Week… Singing is another hobby but think inspirational choir rather than opera! A secondary school English teacher and school chaplain in my previous life, I have brought my love of live theatre, music and films with me. I still find it a real treat to emerge from a bookshop with a paperback purchase. Both our daughter and son know a book is a good gift for Mum! A cradle Anglican, I have been involved in a wide range of churches and look forward to sharing this stage of my Christian ‘journey’ with other ‘travellers’ and enquirers.
Steve is a minister with the Totnes Ministry Team, and lives in Marldon Vicarage (1 Love Lane, Close, Marldon). Many of the youth events take place, or start or finish at his house. He is married to Denise and they have two adult children, Katie and Charlie. Steve has been a Royal Marine, a police officer, a barrister and a Baptist minister. Steve lived and worked as a Baptist minister in the USA for ten and a half years before joining the Church of England. He has been involved with youth ministry for the last ten years.
We warmly invite you to worship with us, and aim to create a relaxed atmosphere at our services. We welcome children at our services and for the younger ones we have a lovely space at the back of the church with toys, books and colouring activities where they can play if they wish. Older children are of course very welcome to join the Junior Church – please see their section for more info. We intend for our church and service to be accessible for all so if there is anything you need assistance with please speak to one of our Churchwardens.
Every Sunday: 9.15 a.m. Morning Worship
A service with a short talk and Holy Communion (with Junior Church in the village hall for the first part of the service.) Most services last about 70-75 minutes.
…But the 4th Sunday in the month: 9.15 a.m. Family Service
Less formal, with said mass. This is a more interactive service with the junior church joining in with presenting dramatised readings etc.
…And if there are 5 Sundays in a month
On the 5th Sunday we meet church members in one of the other Totnes team churches. There is NO service at Marldon that week!
The 1st and 3rd Wednesdays in the month: 10.15 a.m. Communion. A short, quiet service for prayer and reflection.
Fortnightly on Monday afternoons for lively discussion and thoughtful prayer. All warmly welcome at Linden Lea from 2.00 to 3.30 pm.
DATA PRIVACY NOTICE The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St. John Baptist, Marldon
Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).
The PCC of St John Baptist, Marldon is the data controller (contact details below). This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.
How do we process your personal data?
The PCC of St John Baptist, Marldon complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.
We use your personal data for the following purposes: –
Specifically, we retain electoral roll data while it is still current; gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate; and parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals) permanently.
Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: –
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To exercise all relevant rights, queries of complaints please in the first instance contact the Marldon PCC Secretary c/o The Totnes Rectory, Northgate, Totnes, TQ9 5NX. You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/ or at the Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.
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