The Ministry Team
Who's Who at St Faith's, Great Crosby
I grew up in Bolton, and went to university in London to read philosophy. After graduation, I lived in Wales for a while, doing a variety of things – eventually training as a teacher. I taught in schools in London, beginning in a comprehensive in Bermondsey in South East London, then moving to Francis Holland School Graham Terrace. Canon Francis Holland was a 19th century clergyman and eventual Queen’s Chaplain who also believed in women’s education, so ‘FHS’ was founded for the education of clergy daughters –though there were only a few in the school by the time I arrived in 1994! Our very near neighbour – just across the road – was the great St Mary’s, Bourne Street, and in fact half my job was as liturgist, working with the clergy there to put together our school worship. I completed an MPhil and later PhD on Wittgenstein part time whilst working.
Since 1996, I have been married to Tony, who has spent most of his career as a professional timpanist and percussionist in London. In 2003, we moved to Liverpool as he and a colleague started JAM Percussion, based in Garston and still going strong. He is timpanist in the Crosby Symphony Orchestra, and is joined there by our son Joe, 14, who plays viola
In Liverpool, I was Head of Religious Studies at Calderstones School in the south of the city, and for three years I was Chief Examiner for a GCSE qualification in RS. I was initially ordained as an NSM, serving my title at St Margaret, Anfield. It quickly became clear to me, however, that my heart and my calling is full time parish ministry, so I moved to the Walton Team in 2012.
Denise has lived locally almost all her life and has been married to Bruce for 37 years. Denise and Bruce have 3 married daughters and 5 grandchildren. Denise's full time career was in education, teaching children with emotional and behavioural difficulties at a special school in Sefton. In 2007 Denise retired from St. Francis of Assisi Academy in Liverpool, where she was School Chaplain: it was the first Anglican and Roman Catholic Academy in the country. Alongside her teaching, Denise trained on the Northern Ordination Course and was ordained at Liverpool Cathedral in 2003. She served as a curate at Christ Church, Waterloo until 2009 before taking up her NSM position in the United Benefice.
Born in Ormskirk, Fr Dennis moved to the family house in Waterloo where he has lived since 1954. He was a pupil at the Crosby Road Infant, Primary and Secondary Schools before transferring to Merchant Taylors’ to study for A levels. Following three years at the University of Lancaster, he spent a year completing a post-graduate teaching certificate at Christ’s College, Woolton. Between 1974 and 1977, he studied on the Manchester-based Ordination Course, was made Deacon in 1977 and ordained Priest the following year. Having taught for seven years at Manor High School in Crosby, in 1979 he returned to Merchant Taylors’, where for the next thirty one years he taught Religious Studies and occupied the roles of Chaplain, Master in charge of Cricket, Form Tutor, House master and President of the Joint Schools’ Debating Society. Dennis joined St. Faith’s as a wolf cub and Sunday School member at the age of ten and has been an honorary assistant priest for the last thirty seven years. Dennis has a keen interest in books and films and much enjoys visiting tea shops, pubs, restaurants and garden centres.
Fred is Reader Emeritus at St. Mary's and St. Faith's, and a retired physician. He and his wife Linda live in Crosby and are active members of the Waterloo Partnership, a local charity linking with the community of Waterloo, Sierra Leone and which is actively supported at St Faith's. Fred is also a keen amateur astronomer.
Jackie was born in Kirkby and moved to Crosby in 1981, where she continues to live with her three sons and playful dog Jake. She has been employed by the NHS for 19 years working in a variety of part time administrative and secretarial roles, but for the last 7 years she has worked full time as Clinical Auditor at a large hospital in Liverpool. She is also a volunteer Chaplain at a local hospital. In 1999, Jackie was licensed as a Reader at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and was delighted to become a Licensed Reader in the newly formed United Benefice of St Faith and St Mary the Virgin, having been part of the worshipping community of St Faith’s since 1983. Jackie is also part of the "In Another Place" team, being involved in a variety of events as well as performing. In her spare time Jackie enjoys music, reading, theatre, cinema, Latin dancing, Italy, the countryside and driving nice, sporty cars!
Paula was born in Liverpool in 1972 and grew up locally, attending Sacred Heart High School in Crosby. She studied English and History at the University of Aberdeen, then worked at a care home in Aberdeen before returning to Merseyside in 1998 and working as a manager in care homes in Liverpool. In 2002 she joined the civil service in Bootle, where she works as a Chartered Internal Auditor. Brought up as a Roman Catholic, she recognised a few years ago in her heart that she was an Anglican. She was formally welcomed into the Church of England at St Faith's by the Bishop of Warrington in 2009. She followed a call to Reader Ministry, undertaking 3 years’ training and was licensed by the Bishop of Liverpool to the United Benefice in September 2012. She has a wide range of interests, taking up ballet in 2000 and having passed two exams with the Royal Academy of Dance. She likes to keep fit at the gym, goes to the theatre, stand-up comedy clubs and classical music concerts. She follows cricket and current affairs and has a love of history. She is learning German and hopes to take up Russian in the not too distant future.
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