Meet the team

We are grateful to the priests who are leading our services during our vacancy - the Ven. David Painter and the Reverends Lynda Randall, Arthur Hughes and Geoff Moore.

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

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 facilitate 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 to Yardley Gobion in 2019 from Cornwall where Graham was licensed as 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, as a consultant to the Department of Health, and for a communications agency. In his spare time Graham writes crime novels, twelve of which have been published.

He is a member of the Prayer Book Society, the Ecclesiastical Law Society and the Rural Theology Association. Graham is now training for ordination with the Eastern Region Ministry Course under the supervision of the Ven. David Painter.