Who’s Who

Who’s Who at St Peter’s Church

Team Vicar: The Revd Vanessa Cole (Study Leave Oct 1st to Dec 31st)
Churchwarden: John Searles
Hon. Treasurer: Janet Baldock
Hon. Secretary: Geoff Wortley
Lay Vice Chair of PCC: Stephen Baldock
Electoral Roll Officer: Sally Biles
Safeguarding Officer: Diana Woolf  – contact details on the home page  https://www.stpetersoverwallop.co.uk/

The PCC is committed to enabling as many people as possible to worship at St Peter’s and to become part of our church community. Our mission is to put faith into practice through prayer and scripture.

Clergy and Licensed Lay Ministers:

The Revd Canon Peter Gilks: Team Rector
Peter took up his appointment as Team Rector in January 2015, having served in the Winchester Diocese since he was ordained in 1984. He is married to Jacky and they have two daughters. Before ordination Peter trained as a Nurse, and worked for some years in Somerset hospitals. He is also active as a musician. He thoroughly enjoys being a parish priest with the endless variety that this kind of ministry presents. Tel: 01264 335245; email rectorpdteam@gmail.com  He is to retire in July: see https://www.stpetersoverwallop.co.uk/latest-news/

The Revd Vanessa Cole: Team Vicar
Vanessa has been a member of the Team since 2009, ordained Deacon in 2004 and Priest in 2005 in the Diocese of Bath and Wells. Married to Dave, mum to two daughters, keeper of chickens and kittens! She writes “I have a passion for family life, love working with the schools, and find it a real privilege to be involved in key moments of people’s lives, such as weddings, baptisms and funerals (I recently took part in the Funerals Project). I enjoy tinkering with social media and you can find out a little more about me by visiting www.facebook.com/thewallopingvicar or www.nothinglikeadane.wordpress.com I also like baking and have dreams of entering The Great British Bake Off.”  Vanessa will be away on study leave in October, November and December 2018.

The Revd Matthew Grayshon: Associate Priest
Matthew was ordained in 1981 and served in three parishes (Beverley Minster, Hallwood Cheshire, and St Mary’s Hanwell) before moving to Amport in 2016. He has led several teams to the Democratic Republic of Congo in order to support the clergy there and is now the representative for the Diocese of Winchester for partnerships with the Church in Africa. He is married to Jane and has two grown-up children and two grandchildren.  Tel: 07960 299434; email revup@gmail.com

Geoff Wortley: Licensed Lay Minister
Geoff has been a confirmed member of the Church of England over fifty-five years. In 1960, he felt called to lay ministry and began to train for Readership, but then career building and other life changes interrupted it. He has great experience in church administration and since being licensed in Norwich in 2005 he has ministered in a six-parish benefice, and a thirty seven parish deanery; having moved to Hampshire in 2013, he now enjoys his ministry in the Portway and Danebury Team. He is trained in funeral ministry, and is glad to undertake this work as requested.

Stephen Baldock: Lay Worship Leader
Stephen was High Master of St Paul’s School in South West London and has lived in Over Wallop since his retirement in 2004. He has been church warden and is now Lay Vice-Chair of the Over Wallop PCC and Secretary of the Team Council. He helps to run a weekly home group, leads Sunday worship from time to time and plays the organ in the absence of a professional. He is married to Janet, a former GP and now church treasurer; they have four adult children and nine grandchildren.

Marilyn Childs: Lay Worship Leader
Marilyn was a teacher and musician, both in school and church in Somerset. Having led worship in a Baptist Church for 40+ years, she moved to Over Wallop in 2017 and, while continuing to teach piano, settled into fellowship at St Peter’s. She enjoys bringing the Bible to life especially through music and drama, and in leading Sunday worship and Bible studies. Her long-suffering, supportive husband is Max and together they help raise their son’s beef cattle. Their son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren live in Chilbolton.
John Searles: Lay Worship Leader
John who is also the churchwarden was licensed as a Lay Worship Leader in October 2018.