Leadership & Staff

Revd Oliver Ross

Following the interviews on 1 March, Bishop Lee has agreed to the appointment of the Revd Oliver Ross as the new Vicar of Malmesbury and Upper Avon, and Lead Incumbent for the Mission Area. The licensing by Bishop Lee of the Rev Oliver Ross as Vicar of Malmesbury and Upper Avon will happen on the evening of Thursday 5 July 2018. We commend Oliver and his wife Lizzi to your prayers as they prepare to leave their current parish and make the move to Malmesbury.

Diana Crowe

Diana, a retired teacher, and her husband Tony joined the Abbey church when they moved to Malmesbury in 2009. Diana has been churchwarden since 2011 and, when not involved in Abbey business, enjoys spending time with her family, her daughter, two sons and their wives, and four young grandchildren. Walking the dog in the surrounding countryside helps to keep her fit.

Mark Hunt

Mark and his wife Janis have been active members of the Abbey since moving to the area in December 2015. Mark has served in similar roles in churches of different denominations and in various places including Guernsey, New York state, Havant and Chichester. As a Finance Professional Mark has worked in banking and is currently in the aerospace industry. Walking and hiking are favourite pastimes including challenges such as The 3 Peaks and Trailwalker.

John Sunderland
PCC Lay Chair

John, his wife Jane and their now grown-up children have worshipped at the Abbey since settling near Malmesbury in 1997. He leads a homegroup and the Abbey’s Buildings Team, is a link with the Friends of Malmesbury Abbey (FoMA) and Malmesbury’s Town Team, as well as being a member of Deanery and Diocesan Synods. When not around the Abbey or in the swimming pool, John works as a consultant to the construction/infrastructure sector after a career as a Royal Navy Engineer.

Mandy Churcher
Associate Minister & Chaplain to Older People

Revd Mandy Churcher has served as Associate Minister at the Abbey and May Moore Chaplain since June 2011. The primary purpose of her role is the pastoral and spiritual care of older people in Malmesbury and includes many different aspects of working within the community and care homes, alongside statutory and voluntary agencies and also acting as both a liaison and signposting agent and responding to the needs of both the community and individuals. Working with volunteers and team building is an essential part of her role. Prior to this Mandy worked for 37 years in both the NHS , as a nurse and then midwife including five years on the community (Think 'Call The Midwife') in the East End of London and latterly as a chaplain based in the South West. She also worked in Higher education for City University as a senior midwifery lecturer. As well as work and ministry Mandy loves walking in the countryside but especially coastal walking and travelling when able; in 2015 she had an extended visit to the bottom of Africa and later Columbia. Her relationship with God, friendships, and humour keep her sane.

Andrew Beebee
Children’s & Youth Minister

Andrew joined the Abbey staff in February 2015. He had previously been working as a Children’s Minister in London and before that a Primary School Teacher. After leaving school he studied Theology at Durham University. His heart is to see children and youth experiencing a relationship with God for themselves. Andrew is married to Jude and they have two bunnies, Rambo and Scoop. He enjoys being outside, sailing, fishing and watching rugby.

Linda Sullivan

Linda was ordained priest in Bristol Cathedral in July 2015. She served as a Lay Minister for many years before moving to Malmesbury, and then trained part-time at Trinity College, Bristol before her ordination as an Ordained Local Minister (OLM). Linda has a particular pastoral responsibility for our 10.30am congregation and seeks to encourage people wherever they are on their journey with Christ, especially at the pivotal points of birth, marriage and death. Linda is married to Chris, who sings in the Abbey Choir and also serves as a sacristan and Abbey steward. They have a large grown up family and 10 grandchildren.

Catherine Price
Lay Prior

Catherine has been worshipping at the Abbey since 2007. She is a licensed Lay Minister and a keen member of the Abbey Choir. When she’s not at the Abbey she works as an assessment and development consultant with The Moor House Partnership. She is married to Nigel, who is lay pastor of King’s Stanley Baptist Church near Stroud, and they have two grown up daughters and two cats. Catherine loves choral and folk music, quizzes, cooking and entertaining, detective stories and science fiction. She is a supporter of Minety RFC and enjoys watching football and cricket.

Sandie Brown
Abbey Administrator

Sandie has been working in the Parish Office since 2004 and worshipping at the Abbey for most of that time. Her role# as Administrator includes being the first point of contact for Weddings, Baptisms, Funerals, Tours and general enquiries, and communicating with the Abbey Leadership and staff teams. Sandie attends the 4pm Sunday services and is also on the teams for Refresh! (the Abbey’s women’s ministry), and Sunday’s Junior Church. Sandie is married to Marc and has two daughters. She enjoys walking the family dogs in the countryside and tries to get a regular dose of sea air whenever she can.

Director of Music, Organist & Choirmaster

John’s first enthusiasm for organ playing came when, as a teenager, he joined the choir of All Saints, Harrow Weald. His first organ teacher was Dr. Durrant of Pinner Parish Church, and later Dr.Douglas Fox during his time at Cambridge University. John gained a real love of choral music as a member of the Bach Choir in London, and CUMS. Both were conducted by Sir David Willcocks, who was a real inspiration to John. During his many years in Malmesbury John was Head of Music at Malmesbury School for 29 years, Conductor of the Malmesbury Singers for several years, Chairman of the Malmesbury Abbey Music Society, and also a piano teacher. John was proud to be appointed Organist and Choirmaster of Malmesbury Abbey by Canon Peter Barton, and has held the post for over 40 years. He loves all the challenges of being a Choir Master, and working with such an inspirational choir.

Chris Jager
Assistant Organist

Chris was brought up in a vicarage and started singing in his father’s church choir when he was 8. Two year’s later he joined Leicester Cathedral Choir rising to head boy on decani. He studied classics at Nottingham University where there was plenty of musical activity, including performances of Tallis’ 40 part motet Spem in Alium and Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. Since then he has been a member of several choirs, including Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Bath Bach Choir, with whom he took part in the first performance in the South West of James Macmillan’s St John Passion. He learnt to play the organ as a teenager, and from 1982 to 1992 he was organist at Holy Trinity Church. Stourpaine, in the Salisbury Diocese. He was appointed deputy organist at Malmesbury Abbey in early 2017.

Neil Medland
Associate Conductor

Neil’s interest and involvement in the field of choral music started as early as nine years old as a chorister at Westminster Abbey and for many years has sung with visiting choirs in many of the English Cathedrals. He has had extensive experience in church music as a member of Friends of Cathedral Music, Gloucester Cathedral music department, the Brotherhood of St Edward and the Purcell Club both at Westminster Abbey. Neil also plays the piano and, occasionally, the organ at Charlton Parish Church. Although a retired professional engineer, Neil is currently undertaking a course with the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) for a vocational award in choir direction and is a committee member of Malmesbury Abbey Music Society.

Pete Campbell
Lay Minister

Pete is married to Katharine and they have 3 children - Luke, Sophie and Ollie. They have attended the Abbey since 1997 and have enjoyed being involved in Youth Work, Junior Church and ministries specific to men and women. Pete is a lay minister, oversees the Youth Department and will usually be seen at the 4pm service. Pete is a Social Worker and works for Bath Local Authority. When not at work he is usually competing against his children at either football, running, table tennis or the TV remote control.

Rob Hitchings
Bookshop Manager

Rob has been the Abbey bookshop manager since September 2002. He loves books and music, and is responsible for the development of the ministry of the shop to the Christian community as well as to our many visitors, the management of the staff and stewards and the day to day running of the business. He graduated in dentistry in Birmingham in 1972, and spent 23 years working in the health service, where he specialised in the treatment of children. He is married to Gill who works at the Malmesbury Primary Care Centre, and they have four daughters, Rosie, Clem, Nicole and Felicity.

Anne Cox
Arts Administrator

Anne has an Honours Degree in Philosophy and a Foundation Degree in Creative Arts Therapy. When she is not coordinating arts events in the Abbey, she facilitates therapeutic art workshops in palliative care and mental health settings. She loves sacred and early classical music and has been in the Abbey Choir for over a decade now. As well as singing she loves books, has trod the boards in Am.Dram., is an enthusiastic up-cycler, amateur cook, painter and writer and loves craft work.

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