Circuit Staff and Leadership Team:

Ordained Staff

Rev'd Ann Rigby-Jones

Rev'd Ann Rigby-Jones

Superintendent Minister

About Ann

My life hasn’t panned out the way that either my family or I thought it would. I was brought up in a Roman Catholic home and, from an early age, it seemed that I would grow up to be an RE teacher in a Catholic school. So I did …. until God had other ideas. I always had something in the back of my mind that told me that God wanted me to serve him as a minister in his church, but as a female Catholic, this seemed impossible. That was until I felt God calling me to another denomination where I could serve him in this way and so I found myself in Methodism by divine intervention. My spirituality had been enriched by my Catholic upbringing and so I felt able, with God’s strength, to follow his footprints and to make my way into a stage of my life that was unfamiliar and challenging. Becoming a Methodist was like finding a pair of shoes that fitted perfectly and events moved quickly after I became a member of a Methodist church in Leeds. In the space of a few years, I became a Local Preacher, went through ministerial training, was stationed in the Delamere Forest Circuit, was ordained, got married and arrived in Wirral.

Rev'd Sheila Prest

Rev'd Sheila Prest

Circuit Minister, Circuit Leadership Team

About Sheila

Sheila was born and brought up in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the “Troubles”. On leaving school she attended I.M.Marsh College of Physical Education in Liverpool. She qualified with Distinction and began teaching at Deyes High School in Maghull. She spent 34 years in education, full time and part time while bringing up a family. Sheila was called to the ministry after training for the Methodist ministry at HVIC and Manchester University, where she qualified with an honours degree in Contextual Theology. Since 2008 Sheila has served in two Methodist circuits, Pendle and currently Wirral. She has pastoral charge of three churches, Lower Bebington, Higher Bebington and Prenton and continues to be passionate about reconciliation and mediating.

Rev'd Viv Gasteen

Circuit Minister

Rev'd Steven Carpenter

Rev'd Steven Carpenter

Circuit Minister, Circuit Leadership Team

About Steve

I joined the Circuit in 2014 after a a long and varied career in the Civil Service. Initially being involved in regional economic analysis and reporting, I have spent a significant part of my career in disability employment and management working across the West Midlands Region. I served in the Government Office for the West Midlands setting employment, later life and child poverty targets for local authorities and strategic partnerships. I enjoyed the opportunity for extensive partnership working. When the recession hit, I worked to expand the regional Jobcentre network and then as a trained Lean Expert to bring about efficiencies. I have been a local church leader since my early 30’s, extensively involved in my local church. I knew God had called me into ministry since I started preaching at 19 years of age and His timing is perfect to continue that ministry in the Wirral.  I am married with three sons; my wife Julie is an experienced Practice Nurse. I enjoy reading, cycling, walking and computers.

Deacon Peter Reast

Deacon Peter Reast

Circuit Deacon, Circuit Leadership Team

About Peter

Peter has come to the Wirral Methodist Circuit from Lincoln, on the east of the country, and he enjoys meeting folk and learning about the lives of people across the communities of Wirral. Peter and his wife, Angela, live in Hoylake and they have 3 “grown up” children, Josh, Sam and Sarah, all of whom continue to live in Lincoln. For 16 years, he was a bus driver, then after a spell as a community development worker for the Methodist Church for 8 years, he became a Deacon. He is here to work alongside three churches in the Circuit, (one being St. Luke’s, of course), and while he’s available to the whole Church, his focus is on work with young people. Peter says he loves to listen and chat about Jesus and the difference being loved by Him has made to his life and lives of others.

Rev. Barbara Banton

Rev. Barbara Banton

Circuit Minister

About Barbara

Hi, my name is Barbara Banton and I am the minister for Bromborough Methodist Church. I have lived on Wirral for many years and have a varied working background of being alongside people of all ages. Having recently returned from being stationed in West Lancashire Methodist Circuit, I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve the people of this locality, and look forward to discerning God’s working in our midst.

Rev'd Kim Goh

Rev'd Kim Goh

Circuit Minister

About Kim

Kim was born and brought up in Singapore. He left Singapore as a teenager and a wanted criminal. He was finally found by the one true Christian God whom he hated before he left Singapore at Hull prison in Yorkshire. The Lord called Kim into Christian ministries and later as a minister in the Methodist Church. He read Evangelism at Cliff College, followed by theology Queen’s and back at Cliff for Leadership, Renewal and Mission. He was first stationed in Leeds with 3 churches before moving to Loughborough serving 4 churches and moving on to Liverpool North with 3 churches and finally arriving in the Wirral Circuit serving West Kirby, Irby and Greasby as well as in the circuit enabling the Discipleship team in the circuit.

Rev'd Jackie Bellfield

Rev'd Jackie Bellfield

Circuit Minister, Circuit Leadership Team

About Jackie

Jackie is from Runcorn where she grew up attending the local Methodist Church drawn to it because of the yearly pantomime and wanting to be involved with it. Having succeeded, aged 7, to be a leaf in her first panto she kept on going and connected to a church where she grew in her love, knowledge and understanding of Jesus and how the body of Christ can support each other.

Leaving school Jackie attended Cliff College and then when looking for a temporary job for six months worked for the civil service, a job which lasted 18 years.  When 14 Jackie began preaching with a local mission band and was accredited as a local preacher aged 20 and developed a love for preaching but also leading worship.
This longing of the development of worship is a key part of Jackie’s ministry. She has led worship in Pakistan, America, Ireland and throughout the UK and regularly leads worship on BBC Radio Merseyside.
Called to Presbyteral Ministry Jackie was stationed to Warrington in 2007 which became the Sankey Valley Circuit where she established and pioneered New Song Network – a model of church now situated in many places in the UK (Both Methodist and Ecumenical contexts)
Jackie moved to the Wirral in 2017 where she serves the churches in Ellesmere Port and helps the circuit develop worship. She is a member of the District Probationers, Candidates and Sabbaticals Committee. She loves music, reading, gardening and playing on the computer.

Non ordained Staff:

Stephen Cooper

Stephen Cooper

Circuit Manager, Leadership Team Secretary

About Steve

Steve was born in Birkenhead, grew up in Worcestershire and Oxfordshire and also lived in Northampton before “returning home” to Ellesmere Port in 1994. A Methodist local preacher since schooldays (6th Form) he also held numerous church roles (youth leader, church steward  and Circuit and District officer) whilst working first in Debenhams in Oxford then with the Ministry of Defence in a variety of jobs over almost 30 years, mainly involving systems review and inspection in one form or another.

Since 2009 he has been employed by the Wirral Circuit, initially working with the Bebington churches during a ministerial vacancy and then since 2010 as Circuit Manager. In this role he is responsible for all day to day financial and property management including contributing to financial reporting, circuit governance and the circuit’s oversight of church governance returns. Steve is also the Synod Secretary of the Liverpool Methodist District and serves the district and Methodist Connexion in a number of ways. 

Nicola Langton-Miller

Nicola Langton-Miller

Schools Worker

 

Tim Edwards

Church and Community Worker, Moreton

 

Colin Harris

Community & Centre Manager (Woodchurch)

 

Emma Sofayo

Emma Sofayo

Schools Worker

Abut Emma

I’m Emma and was born, brought up and lived in Eastham till just last year when I moved to the ‘other side’ of the water after I got married. I have 3 passions in life which all begin with F. I will share them in no particular order and let you decide!

Faith- I am a member of the URC and have been going to church since before I could remember. One evening when I was 19 God and me had a bit of an argument and He won which started me on a wonderful journey! If you want to know more then feel free to ask.

Family- I love my family growing up with my Mum, brother and fantastic grandparents. As time has gone by my family has grown: I got married and gained two step sons and in 2016 our daughter was born, who is a joy every day.

Football- The good thing about being on the ‘other side’ of the water is I’m closer to my beloved Liverpool FC and with Klopp at the Kop I’m hoping for great things. I was going to tell you who my all-time favourite player is but I just can’t decide!

Nigel Mountford

Nigel Mountford

Mission Development Officer, Trinity Ellesmere Port

About Nigel

Nigel was born in Birmingham and on leaving school went to work in Lloyds Bank where he worked for nearly ten years.  In 1982 he studied at Birmingham Bible Institute where he gained a theological qualification. He eventually took a post as Minister of the Saltney Church of Christ in Chester.  After an eight year spell he decided it was time to move and at this junction became involved with the Methodist Church.  He was eventually appointed as a youth and children’s worker in Chester and served in that capacity until in 2014 he was appointed as ‘Mission Development Officer’ at Trinity Methodist Church in Ellesmere Port. Nigel also has a BA (Hons) in youth and community education. He is married with four children, and has three grandchildren.  

Brenda Bishop

Circuit Safeguarding Officer

Lay members of the Circuit Leadership Team

Veronica Francis

Worship Development, Circuit Leadership Team

Ron Calver

Ron Calver

Staff Management Group, Circuit Leadership Team

About Ron

I qualified as an actuary in 1968 whilst working for Norwich Union. I was asked to go to South Africa, where I married, had two children and joined the Methodist Church. I was asked to return to the UK in 1982 to take responsibility for the company’s life insurance and pensions business. During this time I was treasurer of a local charity for the homeless. I joined Royal Insurance in Liverpool in 1994 and moved to the Wirral where I joined Heswall Methodist church. After retiring in 2001, Ibecame more active in Methodist church affairs as a circuit and church steward. I became a member of the strategy and resources committee (SRC) of the Methodist Church and consequently a member of the Methodist Council and of Conference. During this period I was Connexional treasurer for six years. I am currently a trustee of the Methodist ministers pension scheme, chair of the circuit staff management group and a board member of the Wirral Methodist Housing Association.

Glenys Jones

Glenys Jones

Discipleship and Pastoral Care, Circuit Leadership Team

About Glenys

I was born and bred in Birkenhead being christened in Grange Road Methodist Church at a few weeks old then attending Sunday School from about 4 years of age. I was a member of the churches children’s choir with Mr. Harris Lamb being our conductor and Mr. Farrimond, who was the church organist, being our accompanist. I continued worshipping at Grange Road until the new church was built at Charing Cross. My father was at the Charing Cross site when the first sod was cut for the building. My worship continued at Charing Cross until I transferred my membership to Prenton. I worked for 48 years in the NHS where I witnessed many changes both in treatment and hospitals being closed and new ones built. I have three children and two grandsons.

Stephen Pillow

Stephen Pillow

Communications, Circuit Leadership Team

About Steve

Steve is a lifelong Methodist growing up with a Methodist minister as a father and attending Kingwood, a Methodist boarding school in Bath, for his secondary education. It was here that his Christian faith was nurtured and he felt the call to be a doctor. He trained at Leeds and went into General Practice in Bebington in 1976, retiring in 2012. For most of that time he was also a part time specialist in Palliative Care, looking after the terminally ill at Wirral Hospice St.John’s. Since retirement he has had more time to devote to helping the circuit as part of the leadership team, currently as chair of the Communications Group. The group understands how poor we are at communicating with each other within and between churches, and particularly to those ‘outside’ who are not currently part of that life, and works to improve this. He is a member at Heswall.

Craig Price

Craig Price

Treasurer, Circuit Leadership Team

David Wilkes

David Wilkes

Evangelism, Circuit Leadership Team

About David

Three generations of David’s family, including his eldest brother, served as Methodist ministers in Ceylon / Sri Lanka, where David’s mother also went as a missionary teacher in the early 1930s. His three eldest siblings were born there but David’s upbringing was in Devon, Herefordshire and Yorkshire.  David read History at Cambridge and just short of his 22nd birthday went abroad for the first time – a 3000 mile night flight to Sierra Leone, where he spent the next eight years teaching “up-country”.  On returning to UK in July 1980 David taught in a boarding school founded in 1708 in north Herefordshire, which closed without warning in October 1984.  David secured a temporary post at Calday Grange Grammar School – and stayed for a further 27 years before retiring in 2012. As a retired teacher, David has become a very active member at St Luke’s Hoylake and represents the Evangelism Team on the Circuit Leadership Team.