St George the Martyr Church, Shirley

Who’s Who

Please see below for descriptions of the leadership at St George’s Church.

1. I’ve been Priest-in-Charge of St. George’s since June 2013 having completed my training at St. James’ Weybridge. Before training at Ripon College Cuddesdon I was Standards Fund Officer for the London Borough of Hounslow, and before that spent 14 years in the energy industry, primarily with SSE in Maidenhead as a pricing anaylst. I’m married to Sue, have a son Aaron doing a PhD at Bath University, stepson Ian who lives with his family in Purley and another 2 grandchildren who live in Hemel Hempstead.

3. My name is Ray and as a Reader (or Licensed Lay Minister) I am part of the ministerial team at St George’s. My role includes preaching, teaching, assisting and leading worship, pastoral work and taking funerals when required. In addition I am on the rota to lead worship at the Whitgift Almshouses in central Croydon, teach on the Bishops Certificate in Discipleship, and Warden of Readers in the Croydon Episcopal Area

4. Hi my name is Andy and I am a Southwark Pastoral Auxiliary based here at St Georges.I live in the parish and have been worshipping here around 10 years. I run a twice monthly prayer group called Open door as well as helping out during services in a variety of ways including reading of  the Gospel and intercessions. I am developing a bereavement group and volunteer with the chaplaincy at  the Royal hospital of Neuro Disability in Putney.

5. Ordinand in training– Ruth Chapman. Hello, I am Ruth and I am married to Richard. We have three amazing children, including twins and we live in Croydon. I am training for the priesthood at St Mellitus College and I spend half my week at St George’s putting into practice (hopefully) what I am learning at college! I like reading, cooking and I am a big fan of the TV show The West Wing.