Who’s Who

Revd Barry Hengist (Vicar) I came to St. George’s in 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 analyst. 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.  barryhengist@gmail.com 020 8654 8747

Revd Carol Jones (Honorary Curate) Now retired from dental nursing, Carol is ‘de facto’ Chaplain to the Lawdon Estate (where many know her as “Annie.”) She has faithfully served the people of Shirley in too many ways to list.

Revd Hilary Fife (Honorary Curate) I was brought up in Shirley and it was St George’s Church community who nurtured my vocation to ordained ministry. For a number of years I was Senior Chaplain at Croydon University Hospital. Now having retired from that role (but not from ministry!) I am delighted to be able to spend more time at St George’s and hope that I can be of service in this community. I am also Chaplain to the Southwark Pastoral Auxiliaries (SPAs) in our diocese and have the privilege of being Spiritual Director for several people.  I’m also hoping retirement will also give me more time with my husband Peter and for some of my hobbies – gardening, cooking and family history! Thefifes19@gmail.com 020 8654 8685

Ray Wheeler (Reader) 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 the Southwark Diocesan Warden of Readers. Other work includes teaching on the Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship. I worked for many years with NatWest Bank then latterly with The Open University both roles using my pastoral skills. My interests include local history and genealogy. Now retired from paid work I am looking forward to becoming a grandad at the end of June 2021! raymond.wheeler@blueyonder.co.uk 020 8777 5271

Liz Bebington (Reader) I was licensed as a Reader (or Licensed Lay Minister) within Southwark Diocese in 1995 and joined the staff team at St George’s, with Permission to Officiate, in early 2018, after serving over 20 years in my previous Parish. My husband Andy is a Roman Catholic; we have two married children and four grand-children. Besides helping as needed with worship, preaching, and the occasional funeral, I am a member of the Parish Eco-Group and a Parish rep to Deanery Synod. I am the Christian Aid Coordinator for Churches Together in Shirley and a national Trustee of the Association of Interchurch Families. Now retired, my working life was spent first in social work and then community development. I ran a Brownie Pack for over 30 years and still support local Guiding as an active member of Shirley Trefoil Guild. I also currently help to edit SPAN, the monthly magazine of Spring Park Residents Association.   lizbeb@gmail.com 020 8777 4840