The Ministry Team at St Mary's
Revd Tim Gill (Vicar)
Tim is married to Mandy and they have three children and two Labradors. He was born in North Yorkshire and became Christian when he was 17. Tim has been a vicar for 25 years and has worked in a variety of parishes.
He was a Curate in Hull and moved to York, Leeds and Liverpool. While working in Hull he also served as a prison chaplain, and while in Leeds he covered a chaplaincy vacancy in a local hospice. He came to Ecclesfield in 2016 and is enjoying getting to know the area and its people.
Tim believes that the Church is God's not ours, and that it is our calling to reach out to God's world with the love of Christ for all people. He prays for the Spirit of God to set the churches of this land on fire for Christ.
He is committed to the Church of England being a Parish Church, a Church that exists for every person in this land regardless of their faith (or lack of faith), and resists moves in the Church today to become a Church that cares for and serves only its members.
In addition to Parish ministry Tim has been involved in teaching theology both in university context and to those training for ministry.
He loves to be out walking with his family and dogs. Tim has a passion for rock music and loves to get out to live concerts whenever possible.
Readers and Pastoral Workers
Readers are lay people in the Church of England, from all walks of life, who are called by God, theologically trained and licensed by the Bishop of a diocese to preach, teach and lead worship in a pastoral context. Most are licensed to a parish but some are chaplains in prisons, hospitals, hospices or schools. Readers give their services to the church so do not receive payment. Readers are supported by a Warden of Readers and a Secretary in each diocese.
Pastoral Workers are lay people who are called by God, trained and licensed to work in pastoral ministry in a voluntary capacity. This means work in the fellowship of the church and in the church's many contacts with people at important parts of their lives. That usually means involvement in pastoral care and visiting, including contacts through baptism, weddings, bereavement and illness and in enabling others to work in these areas. It may also include taking Holy Communion to the sick or housebound.
Reader: Pat Clarke
Pat has worshipped at St Mary’s since 1986. It was the prayers and encouragement of friends and the challenge of a powerful sermon on obedience that made her realise that God was nudging her in the direction of Reader ministry. She began Reader Training in September 1991. Her husband Bryan died just as her 2nd year of training finished. The final year was a struggle but held by the prayers and support of many people, and God’s strength and enabling, she did get through that final year and was licensed in September 1994.
She retired from full time work having spent all of her working life in the legal profession as a Legal Executive. Not having children of their own Pat and Bryan felt truly blessed in their work with Pathfinder Youth Groups, and for Pat that blessing continues as she assists with Baptism preparation.
Reader: Stephanie Dale
Stephanie has worshipped at St. Mary’s for the last thirty years and was licensed as a Reader in September 2006. She has two grown-up children and two grandchildren. Stephanie has recently retired from full time work, having spent part of her working life teaching in secondary schools and in adult education, and more recently in running a small dressmaking and alterations business in Ecclesfield. She still uses her teacher training and craft skills, offering help and ideas for children’s activities at St. Mary’s and in local schools.
‘Reader training proved to be quite a challenge,’ Stephanie admits, ‘and something I had never really considered until I was encouraged to try it. I did find the course very interesting, and I do enjoy being a part of the team here at St. Mary’s but, of course, it is an on-going challenge and a continuous learning process. It is never too late to try something different, and I would encourage anyone to look beyond their comfort zone. You may surprise yourself!