The Clergy Pages

The Vicars of Saint Faith`s

St Chad`s College in Durham is patron of the Living of Saint Faith's. The parish of Saint Faith`s was carved from the existing parishes of St. Mary's, St. Luke's and St. John's; at the time of its construction the church stood in a largely rural area with little housing but that was to change during the first decade of the 20th century. Because the parish was formed from land originally covered by existing parishes the church did not have its own Vicar until the incumbents of these parishes all retired. T.H. Baxter, H.B. Bentley-Smith and John Brierley, the first three incumbents, were not actually vicars of St. Faith`s; as the Priest-in-Charge they were known technically as a Perpetual Curates.

{left} The High Altar viewed from the Chancel steps. Six of the seven Chancel lamps can be seen as can the highly decorative Reredos. The north side choir stalls can just be observed to the left of the picture.


Click on the name of a particular incumbent in the table below order to see  photographs and biographies

Rev. Thomas Howe Baxter 1900 .
Rev. Harold Bentley Bentley-Smith 1915 .
Rev. John Brierley 1918 Honorary Canon, Liverpool Cathedral 1931
Rev. John Schofield 1936 .
Rev. William Hassall 1948 Lichfield Diocesan Director of Youth Work 1944-48
Rev. Charles Alfred Billington 1966 .
Rev. Peter Goodrich 1972 Rural Dean - Bootle Deanery 1979
Rev. Richard Capper 1983 Area Dean - Bootle Deanery 1989
Rev. Neil George Kelley 1999 First Vicar of the United Benefice of St Faith and St Mary. Diocesan Advisor on Liturgy and Worship
Rev Simon Tibbs
Rev Susan Lucas 2014
 Left the United Benefice in April 2017.
Rev John Reed