Meet our team
Karen trained for ministry on the Eastern Regional Ministry Course and was ordained in June 2016.
Karen worked in the NHS before training for ministry and worked part-time in Barnham Primary School as SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development) Mentor during her curacy. She was a Curate with the Lark Valley and North Bury Team. She lives in Ixworth with her husband Niall and their children.
Tel no. 07546 491388
If you would like to arrange a christening, confirmation, wedding, funeral or a visit, please contact Rev Karen
Tel: 07546 491388
Lesley was licensed as a Reader and served in the Blackbourne Team from Oct 1998, then trained on the Bishop’s Auxiliary Ordination Pathway and ordained in 2019. Having spent her first year as a curate in Brandon. she returned to the Team for the rest of her curacy in 2020. She is also a Bury Town Pastor.
She works full time as a Business Change Specialist in the NHS, and lives in Great Livermere with her husband Andrew.
Tel no. 07917005397
Lay Pioneer Minister
Frances was licensed as a Reader in 2011 and served in Pakenham and then in Ixworth. In September 2018 was licensed as a Pioneer Minister - someone leads in taking church to people where they are. She regularly reaches out via social media, spreading the Good News. Her great passion is Open the Book, leading a team going regularly into Ixworth Primary School to tell stories from the Bible for the children. They love it!
Frances enjoys gardening, volunteers for Bury Theatre Royal and tries her hand at drawing and painting. Most of all she enjoys life.
Tel no. 01359 230615
Tony was ordained SSM priest in 2004 and has been a member of the ministry team in this benefice since 2006. He serves as the Bishops' Advisor for Self-Supporting Ministry, Assistant Rural Dean for Ixworth Deanery and Assistant DDO.
He is a semi-retired historic buildings consultant, a member of the DAC for Norwich Diocese, and also serves on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Anglican/Romanian Orthodox consultative committee.
Tony is a wonderful artist (look out for his exhibitions!). He lives in Great Livermere with his wife Caroline and a small flock of geese.
Tel no. 01359 269335
Sally was one of the first women to be ordained as a priest. She has a passion for rural ministry, becoming the Agricultural Chaplain for the Diocese. She helped to set up the award-winning Rural Coffee Caravan which travels around Suffolk bringing people together.
She lives in Sapiston with her husband Tim.
Tel no. 01359 268923 or 07860 101980
Jill has lived most of her life in Ixworth, recently moving to neighbouring Walsham Le Willows with her husband Digger. She is still, however, very much a part of life in the Team!
Tel no: 07734 008968
David and his wife Mary have recently become Lay Elders within the Team. He also serves on the Bury Town Pastors prayer team and as a standby Town Pastor.
David volunteers with the National Trust at Ickworth and enjoys birdwatching and gardening.
Tel no. 01359 232170 or 07881 507140
David was ordained in 1989. He served as a parish priest in Basildon, Essex for 10 years before moving to this Diocese. David then held a job share role with his wife Julie in the Sole Bay Team Ministry on the Suffolk coast where as Acting Team Rector he oversaw the reorganisation of the Team. For 18 years he was chaplain in the Territorial Army with responsibility for TA soldiers (and their families) serving in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
David is also is a chartered accountant and a business mentor. David has served as Trustee and adviser to several charities. He has a particular interest in corporate governance.
Julie and David live in Great Barton.
Tel no. 07841 215182
Sue was a Reader for 10 years before joining the local training scheme run by the Diocesan Ministry Course in 1996. She was priested in 2000 to serve the people of the Blackbourne Team and particularly in Barnham where she lives.
Tel No. 01842 890409
Catriona is studying with the Eastern Region Ministry Course for ordination in June 2022. Her training is part time with the college and part time in the Team.
She works in the week at St Edmundsbury Primary School in Bury St Edmunds and lives with her family in Brockley.
Tel no. 07525 920307
Mary and her husband David have recently become Lay Elders within the Team. Having served as a Bury Town Pastor for almost 12 years, Mary is now a member of their prayer team.
She has worked for several years with special needs children and adults.
Tel no. 01359 232170 or 07514 628249
Tash is a Lay Elder living with her family in Honington.
Tel no: 07773 398444
Peter is a Lay Elder living in Barnham, where he helps to lead services.
Tel no. 08142 890330 or 07794 472 965
Frances is a Lay Elder and lives in Ixworth. She leads services across the Team and is particularly fond of BCP.
Tel no. 01359 231568
Dinkie is a Lay Elder and lives in Bardwell with her husband Barney. She is Churchwarden of Bardwell Church and Co-Chair of Governors at Bardwell Primary School. Dinkie leads services in Bardwell and Messy Church.
Tel no. 07710 798178