Our Team

Ordained Staff

Rev Heather Cooper

Rev Heather Cooper

Superintendant Minister

Heather is a southerner by birth and upbringing – a native of Berkshire who grew up just outside Reading.  She joined the Wirral Circuit in 2019 as Superintendant minister having served in Falkirk in Central Scotland, Warrington, Colchester, Morley and Marlborough.

Rev Noel Sharp

Rev Noel Sharp

Circuit Minister

Noel is from Leicester, and his faith grew through MAYC, MethSoc and Greenbelt. He has been a care assistant, a social worker, a polytechnic chaplain and has worked for Christian Aid. Noel is married to Elaine, is a father and a grand-father. He joined the Wirral Circuit in 2022.

Rev Yangsun Yi

Rev Yangsun Yi

Circuit Minister

Yangsun is originally from South Korea, where her mother, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews still live. She trained as a Local Preacher in London and then at The Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham. Following her call to ordained ministry her first appointment was in the Exeter Coast and Country Circuit. Yangsun moved to serve in the Wirral Circuit in 2019.

Ellie Griffin

Ellie Griffin

Deacon

Deacon Ellie is married to Luke and mum to three teenagers Tess, Erin and Zac. She has been a Deacon for 14 years and during that time has ridden motorbikes, won a belt in boxing and got dreadlocks in her hair. She loves people of all ages and persuasions and serving God wherever and with whomever she is called to do so. She loves to laugh and play and to share stories. She is looking forward to serving on the Wirral and finding out what God has planned for the coming years.

Rev Viv Gasteen

Rev Viv Gasteen

Circuit Minister

Viv was born and raised in Liverpool, the elder of two girls. She serves as an active Supernumerary minister in the Wirral Circuit.  She trained for ministry at Wesley College, Bristol and served in four circuits: Birmingham South West, Coventry, Chelmsford (where she was superintendent) and Liverpool North.  In 2003 she spent three months working alongside the Methodist Church in Berlin. She joined the Wirral team in September 2018 and currently has responsibility for pastoral care at Claremount.

Rev Ruth Dowson

Rev Ruth Dowson

Circuit Minister

Ruth is a daughter of the manse so has moved around the country, including a period of time in Heswall as a child. Her roots eventually were put down in Lancashire. She joined the team as a probationary minister in September 2023 and is working with the Ellesmere Port churches – Hope Farm, Little Sutton and Trinity.

Our Team

Circuit Steward Team

Pete Wildman

Pete Wildman

Circuit Steward

Pete was born in Liverpool and spent most his life there, working as a teacher and later as a director of a Christian housing association for ex-offenders. In 2002 he and  his wife Dot moved to India to work for 12 years in an international school, where he was responsible for communications, marketing and fundraising. He returned to the UK in 2014 and now serves the circuit as a local preacher, Circuit Steward and coordinates much of the circuit’s online presence.

Craig Price

Craig Price

Circuit Steward / Treasurer

Craig is the Circuit Treasurer and one of the Circuit Steward team. His particular role is in contributing to the financial strategy that enables us to resource mission and ministry in the circuit.  He is always keen to way to find ways to make our financial, governance and administration responsibilities as easy as possible to enable us to concentrate on what should be the “main thing” instead of “keeping the show on the road”.  Craig is a preacher within the circuit, and beyond the Wirral, currently serves on the Methodist Church’s Faith and Order Committee.

Cate Warbrick

Cate Warbrick

Circuit Steward

Cate joined the team at St Luke’s Hoylake in February 2018 as Church and Community Lay Development Worker after a long career in NHS management and leadership. Her role is to primarily identify areas within the both the church and the community that need support and to facilitate this by recognising people’s gifts and enabling them to use them. Cate is training to be a Worship Leader and her driving passion is supporting people, teams and organisations to grow to all they can be.

Fritz Schafer

Fritz Schafer

Circuit Steward

Fritz was born in Austria and grew up in Germany where he also went to University, graduating with a degree in Zoology. He moved to the UK in 1976 to get married to Jenny from Ellesmere Port. Fritz worked for Unilever Research in the development of oral care products until his retirement in 2014. In his working life he gained experience in project management, budget control and people development. He currently serves as Circuit Steward and as Steward and Treasurer for Hope Farm Church.

Colin Jones

Colin Jones

Circuit Steward

Colin Jones grew up in Heswall where he was first brought into membership of the Methodist Church back in the 1960’s. Having travelled around the connexion as a minister’s husband, married to Rev Dr Christine Jones, he has now settled back on Wirral and is currently a member at Trinity with Palm Grove.

Peter Colyer

Peter Colyer

Circuit Steward

Peter has been a Local preacher in the Methodist Church since 1980 and a Circuit Steward in the Wirral Circuit 2011-18 and again from 2021.  Additionally, Peter is Chair of the Circuit Lay Staff Management Group and the Children & Youth Management Group as well as serving as a Safeguarding Trainer for both the Methodist Church’s Foundation and Advanced courses.

Peter is also a Blue Badge Tourist Guide for the Liverpool City Region and currently Course Director for Green Badge Tourist Guide course in Chester.

Our Team

Circuit Lay Staff Team

Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper

Circuit Manager

As Circuit Manager Steve 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 a local preacher regularly contributing to the circuit’s online worship,  He is also the Treasurer of the Liverpool Methodist District and serves the district and Methodist Connexion in a number of ways.

Emma Sofayo

Emma Sofayo

Children and School's Team Lead

I have 3 major passions in life. Faith Family and Football!!

FAITH – My faith is at the centre of my life and it is a privilege to be sharing the Gospel message with the children of our local communities

FAMILY –I come from a close family and got married in 2015. I inherited two sons and in 2016 our daughter joined the family!

Football – I am a Merseyside Red and I am just so excited to have Klopp at the Kop!!! I love nothing more than an afternoon watching the football and getting excited as Liverpool win again!!!

Jack Watson

Jack Watson

Circuit Safeguarding Officer and Children and School's Team

I have lots of passions as well as youth work. I love music and am a musician, performing with choirs and solos shows across Merseyside, I am an actor who works with a local theatre company performing in schools across Liverpool. Like Nick I am a massive geek who loves Star Trek and like Rachel I have a deep love for coffee and can normally be found with one in my hand. As well as being on the Youth Team, I am the Circuit Safeguarding Officer.

Tim Edwards

Tim Edwards

Lay Worker

Tim is community worker at Moreton Methodist his role is to help the church develop its mission and service in the neighbourhood. He has over forty years’ experience in youth and community work having run a youth centre, play centre and worked as a residential social worker with the children with disabilities team.

Tim is also a local preacher and steward at Church @ the Cross Birkenhead. He has a passion for contemporary worship, puppet ministry and modern Christian music. Married to Denise for over 40 years they have five grown children and four grandchildren.

Rachel Gray

Rachel Gray

Children and Schools Team

When I’m not in work or organising my children’s hectic social life, I like nothing more than to be baking or cooking and singing along to the radio.  Due to my love of all things food related, I consider it my duty to visit as many local coffee shops and bakeries as possible, in the interests of Quality assurance.  I also love reading (while drinking coffee) and watching films, which can vary from classics to science fiction and fantasy.

Petra Dye Davies

Petra Dye Davies

FUSS Lay Worker

After spending over twenty years in the construction industry, Petra finally made the career change to what she had always wanted to do….supporting families and building communities through practical support and based on God’s love for everyone. The FUSS project demonstrates this perfectly and in times gone by, recycling school uniforms within the community would happen in every street. Nowadays we need a bit of encouragement and the Circuit enables this all across the Wirral, reaching over 11,000 families to date.We look forward to celebrating our 10th anniversary this year.

Alison Thomson

Alison Thomson

Church and Community Development Officer at Trinity Ellesmere Port

Alison previously worked for Methodist Housing Association in their Care at Home scheme. She is a member of Little Sutton Methodist Church.