Meet the Team
Christine Cattanach – Ross on Wye
I have always worked with people either in teaching or in Health and Social Care within Learning Disability and also Dementia. I am very new to the CofE and have previously been in non-denominational churches. Some of these have been church plants both in the UK and in Hong Kong where I became a Christian in the 1990’s. All have been thriving and growing churches with a strong emphasis on young people which I have enjoyed ministering in.
Since starting, I have helped to establish new projects being planted and engaging with the current congregation.
- Toast & Toddlers was setup for parents, carers and children to build and create new relationships and welcoming them into the church. We have also run some Specials in the school holidays where older siblings can join in.
- LEAF is on the Last Friday of each month, a time of Eating, Activities and Faith for school years 11-15 year olds.
- We have established a new Open The Book team in Brampton Abbotts School, which has been flourishing.
- Sox Puppet club is an after school club using faith based dance and drama, to create ways for children to lead worship themselves.
There also has been a strong encouragement for our congregations to think differently and to grow in their faith., which has culminated in the development of an All Age Service that is interactive and engages everybody there.
We have also introduced a discipleship course, Talking Jesus, which has led to us starting the first ever Alpha Course this year.
We have many more plans and hope to see things such as Messy Church come to fruition as we wait to welcome our new Rector and his family to Ross.
Wayne Davies - Ludlow
I was the guy you didn’t want to meet in an alley, had no desire to know God, go to church, even give Christians the time of day to speak to me, well...
At age 33 my wife’s life changes and she comes back into relationship with God, I saw the change but wasn’t bothered, but I got invited to a guys house (from church) to talk about mountain bikes and drink beer, well let’s just say God had other plans, a radical encounter in the living room that night changes my life forever, now going through ordination theology training.
Work currently involved in Ludlow, reaching out on the streets to a disadvantaged estate, working with all I come into contact with, families, etc, working in the local high school mentoring but also helping out in RE classes, to prayerfully encouraging the teachers, working with schools on OTB, leading Alpha courses and new forms of worship to an interview today to look at a chaplaincy role within the local 6thform (super exciting).
God’s love is for all and I’m sure going to tell everyone I can about it☺
Kate King - Bridgnorth
Kate King is Intergenerational Missioner working within Bridgnorth Parish and across the Diocese of Hereford. A cradle Anglican raised in South Shropshire within Hereford Diocese, Kate found her faith in her thirties having belonged to churches in Manchester and Birmingham while studying and working. Kate’s career has been a rich and varied one starting in Civil and Structural Engineering and later supporting the voluntary sector with social media, Teaching English as a Foreign Language and as a qualified maths teacher, tutor and mentor. Having returned to Shropshire to be near her parents and family business, Kate married Steve, settled in Dorrington and started a family with their wonderful (3-year-old) son James. Upon joining the village Church, she was called into lay ministry by her wonderful Parish Vicar who significantly helped her on a path of discipleship. Kate has had the joy of being part of a church that is growing through a community of deep fellowship and an exciting balance of lay and ordained ministry. As well as contributing to the life of the church, Kate has for many years been active in local politics.
In her Ministry, Kate has a passion for exploring opportunities of outreach and growing relationships. Recent encouragements have been developing the work of the long-established toddler and youth groups to include a basis of faith and exploration. The growing identity of a fresh expression of youth church is complimented by joining with other churches, organisations and groups such as the Bridgnorth Youth and Schools Project and SPREE and EDGE gatherings to bring together young people from across the parish and more widely. Kate is grateful to have been so welcomed into the worship community in Bridgnorth. She is surrounded by wonderful and dedicated volunteers who are excited to help others explore questions of life and faith. Alongside these Christians, Kate is exploring new expressions of worship that will meaningfully bring together people of all ages (such as Explore Together and Messy church) as well as those dedicated children and young people (Diddy Disciples). Watch this space!
Geri Miller - Abbeydore Deanery
In my career life I worked as a Combat Medic in the British Army, worked in residential education with young people that have learning difficulties and also worked for Vennture in Hereford as a Family Link Worker, enabling struggling families to make better decisions. I feel that my career has been a good resource for my current role in Abbeydore Deanery. For a lot of my church life, I have also worked in various kids team ministries.
Using the diocesan Growth Cycle, we have seen the planning of CAP Money and CAP Life Skills to support community that are struggling, there has also been a link up of local services working alongside the CAP work. Work in schools continues to grow and we are seeing the launch of our Messy church online a helpful addition to the range of services and groups we offer in this rural area of the diocese.
There are so many exciting projects in the pipeline over the coming years with the church being modified to better serve the community of Abbeydore Deanery. There has also been a new growth in the way that the current congregation is being discipled and making our church family more missional focussed. Keep your eyes pealed on this deanery team and watch how the Lord will be working over the coming years.
Jo Child - South Wye
I am a mother to five boys and wife to one IT consultant. I began my working life in the library service, as a senior library assistant for Reading council. From there I went to Reading University to gain my PGCE in secondary English, after which I taught in schools in Berkshire, Yorkshire and Worcestershire. For the past ten years I have home educated my own children. During all this time I have sought to follow Jesus Christ and serve Him, volunteering in a variety of church and secular settings. I have been a youth leader, setting up a FX of Sunday School for older children, helped to run toddler groups, facilitated craft groups, led Bible studies and organised fundraising events.
More recently I started a home education nature group, led art classes, was one of the founding team of a local forest church, set up an interdenominational ladies' breakfast, surprised myself by undertaking preaching engagements, and led all age worship services at my church. I am also a trustee of my local community hub and have worked there, supporting the elderly and taking part in fundraising events. I am passionate about creative, accessible worship, as well as reaching out to the more vulnerable members of our communities. I feel very privileged to be part of the IM team and am excited about the opportunity to be part of revealing God's kingdom in South Wye. I am currently studying a foundation degree in Mission, Evangelism and Theology at Chester University, with The Light Project.
David Bland - South Wye
After 17 years working for myself fixing computers and developing intergenerational church in Leominster I am ready for a new challenge! In recent years I’ve helped found various intergenerational expressions of church including Leominster Messy Church, Forest Church and mullti-sensory exploring faith group for babies and their parents. As a life-long member of the Church of England I love doing Church around a campfire as much as indoors. I am passionate for everyone to have a voice that can be heard, helping young and old alike to lead worship and share their faith. I will bring a love of camping, an engineering mind, a heart of justice and the ability to play the piano to the role. Over the last couple of years, in response to the European refugee crisis I’ve help set up charity that collects and delivers aid to refugees. It has been amazing to lead groups of volunteers to help in Calais see lives changed by the experience. At the same time, I’m training as a Lay Pioneer Minister with Church Mission Society, learning to theologically reflect on my missional context and apply the lessons we can learn from church history to the way we share the gospel with our local communities. Most importantly I’m looking forward to meeting people in South Wye and joining with God to see what exciting plans He has for us.
Beckie Dotson - Sutton Hill and Woodside
Before being appointed to this post, I was a family and Children’s worker in South East London and completing my degree in Family and Children’s work and theology last summer. I have been married for 15 years to Darren and we have two girls, Phoebe who is 11 and Chloe who is 8. I have lived in different parts of London over the years and in this time, I have been able to learn different skills that have all played a part in leading me to this current role. I have worked in the NHS as a student nurse, a therapeutic radiographer, a health care assistant in a dementia care home and also with families in the local community.
Some of the activities that we have been fortunate to run are the Positive Parenting Care for the Family courses in Children with Special needs and handling anger in the family. I have been a licensed facilitator since 2014 and so it is always a privilege to be able to offer these as ways to encourage parents. We have started a toddler group at Sutton Hill Church and during the sessions, we tell a Bible story and crafts that surround the talk. This has been something that the mums in the group wanted to do and so we have listened to what they wanted.
We ran Experience Harvest last September and had 2 primary schools attend with 6 different classes. We are looking to run this again this year in October. We held our first Pumpkin Hero party in October as an alternative to Halloween which was well attended. We continue to run Messy Church monthly at Sutton Hill and Woodside and have just moved Messy at Woodside, into a residential care home which we have done two there now.
During the summer period, I have been working with both community centres to run Summer programmes for children and families in the area and that has been a wonderful way to meet and engage with new families.