About Us

Meet our clergy & learn more about our services

Revd Jane Frost, Associate Priest (Marldon) & Richard, Licensed Lay Minister

We are both delighted to be back in the Totnes Team. We were on the Team during my curacy, living in Dartington until 2019. Before I was ordained in 2015, I had a career as an English Teacher and was also Lay School Chaplain for the last six years prior to training for ordination. I am now Associate Priest as a ‘House for Duty’ post and I will be working Sundays plus two days per week (usually Mondays and Wednesdays) with a focus on Marldon.

Richard is a Licensed Lay Minister (Reader). He is also a Chaplain with South West Ministry Training Course, Co-Chair of the Diocese’s Clergy Household Hub and a member of Exeter Cathedral’s Holy Ground team. A former mental health professional, he is also a published author and writes a blog at www.workrestpray.com
We are living in Marldon with Daisy, our cocker spaniel.

Canon Deborah Parsons, Team Vicar

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 Ministry Team and also Canon Chancellor at Exeter Cathedral and Interfaith Adviser for the Diocese of Exeter.

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.

Revd. Jim Barlow, Team Rector

As an undergraduate, I read theology at Exeter University; stayed at Exeter for postgraduate research in Christian mysticism before moving to the University of Oxford to take up a junior research fellowship in the same subject. I then went to work for the Oxford Unemployed Workers and Claimants Union, supporting development and outreach initiatives among socially and economically disadvantaged communities in Oxford. Later I worked as a freelance consultant in community education and development and then as a project manager for Oxfordshire County Council. I prepared for ordination at Ripon College, Cuddesdon and served my curacy in West Slough before moving to Bracknell in 2015 to be Team Vicar.

I have close family ties in the South Hams and have known and loved Totnes and its surrounding parishes as a visitor for many years. I am married to Harriet, a former senior clinical psychologist working in the NHS.

Revd. Chris Harris, Team Curate

I’m here to serve and to continue to learn how to be a vicar on the job. I’m married to Hannah and we’re loving being in the countryside after moving from Exeter to Dartington.

I like hiking, reading, many forms of games and quizzes, and engaging in lively discussion! I enjoy singing and am particularly fond of Christmas carols. My hope for our churches is that all members will encourage one another in the God-given gifts they have, and the part they have to play, and that through this we would be an even more transformative presence in our communities as we share the love of God that we’ve found in Jesus."

You are welcome to contact any of our clergy shown above – simply use the details on the Contact page.


Our Services

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.

On the 1st, 3rd & 4th Sundays of the month there is a service at 10.00 a.m. 

A service with a short talk and Holy Communion.  Most services last about an hour.

…On the 2nd  Sunday in the month at 10.00 a.m. 

Village Worship – a less formal service with no communion lasting about 45 minutes.

…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 Church on these days. 

…And on Mondays at 5pm

We gather for Evening Prayer: an informal time to pray for our local community.


Steph Webb
Fred Webb


Junior Church Leaders

Sarah Cain
Teresa Woodcock
Steph Webb

St John Baptist, Marldon church services on Sundays at 10 am, apart from the 5th Sunday in a month when there is a Totnes Team Service. There is also Junior Church and coffee after the service. Do join us! All are welcome.