Meet the team

The Ministry Team provides support for Worship and Mission across the Benefice and includes:

(Our Rector, the Revd Diane Whittaker, has now moved to the Astwell Benefice and there is therefore a vacancy. Our Curate, the Revd Sue Stanley, is the new Rector of the Lambfold Benefice.)

Readers:

Mary McVayMary McVay

Mary was licensed as a Lay Minister (or CofE Reader) in May 2007 and has been ministering in the Benefice since then. During that time she has been privileged to lead services and preach; to lead school assemblies and be part of the ministry team facilitating and/or leading in many ways to promote the Christian faith and prayer.

Mary is affiliated to the Progressive Christianity Network. She says "Many questions have been answered and a deeper understanding of the Christian faith established, finding that it is far less complicated and far more spiritual than I had imagined".

She is also a member of the World Community for Christian Meditation www.christianmeditation.org.uk  - She adds "I am a trained teacher and facilitates meditation sessions in my home where there is a dedicated meditation room, and latterly via Zoom during the Covid 19 pandemic. Zoom meditation has proved very popular. Do contact me if you would like to know more. Meditation is open for anyone – those with faith, those who would like to have more faith, and the rest of us … who will always be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit which in the silence of meditation/contemplation will lead into true faith. Contact me at admin@southcleley-benefice.org.uk."

Monty LyndsMonty Lynds

Monty is married to Jane with three children and four grandchildren.

He is a retired chartered accountant who now prefers to be known as a folk musician/ singer songwriter. He has a passion for the natural world and conservation issues, cricket and Northampton Town football club.

He is attracted to liberal/progressive theology and inter faith ideals and is a member and former trustee of The Progressive Christianity Network – Britain. He has been licensed as a Reader since 2011.

 

Richard YatesRichard Yates

Richard is married to Claire and lives in Towcester with their Jack Russell Terrier, Bailey. They have two grown up children and four grandchildren.

Richard worked for Lloyds Bank for twenty-five years before leaving and becoming Traffic Manager for a local coach firm. Following major surgery and a stroke he took semi-retirement, and now works term time only for Oxfordshire County Council doing special transport.

He is a keen bell ringer being chairman of the local branch, an organist, and a member of the vintage bus society. In addition, Richard organises coach outings for various local groups.

Richard was licensed as a Reader in 2010 after several years exploring his vocation, he supports the Affirming Catholicism movement, and also supports the inclusive church movement

Graham BrackGraham Brack

Graham is married to Gillian. They moved here in 2019 from Cornwall where Graham became a Reader in the Diocese of Truro in 1991. They have two children and three grandchildren.

Graham and Gillian are retired pharmacists who owned and ran a community pharmacy for 33 years. Graham has also worked as an NHS manager and still works part-time for a communications agency. He has degrees in pharmacy and medical law and ethics.

In his spare time Graham writes crime novels, eleven of which have been published.

He is a member of the Prayer Book Society and the Ecclesiastical Law Society.