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OUR TEAM

Get to Know Us

REVD DR ROBIN PARRY

Assistant Curate at St Martin's

Robin grew up in Merseyside and moved to North Wales when he was nine. He works as a theological books editor for a US-based company called Wipf & Stock Publishers. In his spare time, he writes theology books of his own. 

Robin and his wife Carol have lived in Worcester since 1991 when he accepted a teaching job at the Sixth Form College. They have two daughters, Hannah and Jessica, and a three-legged cat called Monty.

If he was ever on Mastermind his specialist subject would be Doctor Who.

REVD CANON STEPHEN BUCKLEY

Associate priest with the team, attached to St Martin's

Stephen was born in London, and after training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he worked for twelve years in the professional theatre as an actor and stage manager. After leaving the theatre in 1980, he moved to Oxford where he managed a Works Opportunity Scheme for young people before commencing ordination training at Cranmer Hall, Durham in 1982. He served his curacy in Oxford diocese before moving to the Black Country parishes of Halesowen and later Sedgley. Stephen retired from full-time ministry in 2015 when he and his wife Christine moved to Worcester. He has been an associate priest at St Martin's since 2017.

REVD MYSTERY

Team Rector and Rector of St Martin's

St Martin's is currently in a period of vacancy.

We are actively seeking a new rector.

REVD ANDY STAND

Parish Priest of St Mark in the Cherry Orchard and St Philip & St James, Whittington

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REVD ROB FARMER

Vicar of Holy Trinity and St Matthew's Church, Ronkswood

Rob was born and bred in Walsall in the West Midlands. He was a Sales Manager for an Electrical Engineering company before his ordination in 2006. He served his curacy at St Chad’s Church in Lichfield before becoming Vicar of St James the Great in Longdon, Staffordshire, then St Mark’s Church in Shelfield, Walsall. On moving to Worcester, Rob became Rector of St Martin’s Church before taking up his current post in Ronkswood. Rob is married to Julie and they have two daughters, Laura and Katie, and a mad cockapoo called Freddie.

MIKE BUNCLARK

Licensed Reader within the Team, attached to St Martin's

Mike comes from Liverpool, leaving in 1963 for University to read Chemistry. On graduating, Mike moved to London to work for Metal Box as a research chemist. He had a long career with them, ranging from Research to Training and Development to International HR Management.

After retiring in 2009, he explored Reader ministry, started training in 2011, and was licensed in 2013.

Mike is married to Anne, an ex-nurse, whom he met in Oxford. They came to Worcester in 1994 on one of Mike’s company moves.

Mike and Anne have a daughter Claire and two granddaughters, Ellie and Mel.

An ex-amateur thespian, Mike loves to sing and is a self-confessed G&S nut.

JOHN SWINDELLS

Director of Music

John received his musical training in Yorkshire, where he was Organ Scholar at Sheffield Cathedral whilst he read Music there. During this time he took organ lessons with Neil Taylor and Dr Simon Lindley.  John did a PGCE at Cambridge University and held music-teaching posts in Gloucestershire, Malvern, and Shropshire. Currently, he is based at King Edward VI Five Ways School, Birmingham. From 2006–2019, he was Organist and later Director of Music at St Michaels Tenbury, where he re-founded an adult SATB church choir and co-directed the St Michael’s Singers. He also coordinated the Music Programme involving concerts, educational activities, and visiting choirs for the liturgy. John is also a trumpeter and has directed various ensembles, both choral and instrumental. He is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists.

REBECCA CASKIE

Parish and Team Administrator

Originally from Yorkshire, Rebecca joined the team in 2016 as our Parish Administrator for the Worcester South East Team of Churches following a move to Worcester from Scotland with her husband Andrew and two sons. Having a background in HR/Training & Development within manufacturing and housebuilding, she now juggles motherhood with her part-time role at St Martin’s. She also helps run the children’s work at her own church and enjoys singing with a local chamber choir.

MALCOLM MCMURRAY

Church Warden and Parish Centre Manager

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ELIZABETH YARKER

Church Warden

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PCC MEMBERS

PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL

Margaret Benson

Jim Berrow

Stephen Buckley (Associate Priest, ex officio)

Mike Bunclark (Licensed Reader, Deanery Synod Rep, ex officio)

Philip Clayton (Deputy Church Warden, ex officio)

Ginny Duckett

Anthony Glossop (Chair of the Finance & Management committee, Deanery Synod Rep, ex officio)

Julia Glossop (Electoral Roll Officer)

Joy Grimwood (Verger)

Nick Harrison (PCC Secretary)

Ruth Kirwan

Malcolm McMurray (Church Warden, Lay Vice Chair, ex officio)

Robin Parry (Assistant Curate, ex officio)

Barbara Richards (Deputy Church Warden, ex officio)

Gail Rowley

Martin Rowley

Bill Simpson (Hon. Deputy Treasurer)

David Scott (co-opted)

Shirley Scott (Chair of the Concerts committee, Publicity Officer, Deanery Synod Rep, ex officio)

Kath Shepherd

Sheila Treacher (Safeguarding Officer, ex officio)

Christine Williams (Planned Giving Recorder)

Garth Williams (Hon. Treasurer, co-opted)

Elizabeth Yarker (Church Warden, Chair of the Missionary committee, Readings co-ordinator, ex officio)

PCC COMMITTEES

STANDING COMMITTEE

COMMUNITY CARE

CONCERTS

FINANCE & MANAGEMENT

MAGAZINE & PUBLICITY

MISSIONARY

SOCIAL

YOUNGER GENERATIONS

The Rector

Isabel Maher

Shirley Scott

Anthony Glossop

Jim Wheldon

Elizabeth Yarker

Alison Fraser

Sheila Farthing

CHURCH ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

ALL-AGE WORSHIP GROUP

CHRISTIANS LEARNING TOGETHER

CHURCH FLOWERS

FLOWER FELLOWSHIP

HEAD SERVER

JAM CLUB

MESSY CHURCH

MOTHER'S UNION

PARISH CENTRE BOOKINGS

PARISH MAGAZINE

PARISH SAFEGUARDING OFFICER

Revd Robin Parry

Mike Bunclark

Emma Allen

Carole Currie

Philip Penfold

Liz Frani
Jessica Adzil

Karen Valence

Martin and Gail Rowley

Tina Alvin

Joan Hazzard

Nick Harrison (editor)

Sheila Treacher