Andrew Thomas – Rector

I’m Andrew and I’m the Rector of this Benefice. I was installed as Rector by the Bishop of Bath and Wells and the Archdeacon of Taunton in September 2014. Orginally born and brought up in Surrey, I have lived in quite a few different places, including London, Birmingham, Lichfield, Plymouth, and Vancouver, Canada. Prior to being ordained I was a children’s nurse working in intensive care. Spare time includes walking Monty, my Dachshund; reading; riding; and spending time with family and friends.

Martin Collett – Assistant Curate

Louise Southgate – Licensed Reader

Jane Rees – Licensed Reader

Debbie Gale – Parish Administrator

Debbie is our administration modern marvel. She is your point of contact for all things Admin. She’ll be able to help you with weddings, funerals, fees, contacts, and much more besides, as well as keeping the Rector on the straight and narrow. 

Steve Ford – Safeguarding Point of Contact – Benefice wide

Steve is your point of contact for all things Safeguarding. We here in our parishes take safeguarding children and vulnerable adults very seriously. We have adopted the diocese of Bath and Wells safeguarding policy and everyone whom the diocese has advised is up to date with their safeguarding training. 

Steve Ford – Churchwarden – Dulverton

Steve, as well as being our Safeguarding representative is also the Churchwarden at Dulverton. 

Ed Thomson – Churchwarden – Dulverton

​Ed, as Churchwarden assists Steve the other Churchwarden in the care and maintenance of our building, as well as being a friendly welcoming face as you arrive at our Services. 

Roz Roberts – Verger & Sacristan – Dulverton

Roz, as Sacristan and Verger makes sure everything is in the right place at the right time for Services in church, as well as being an invaluable helping hand at baptisms, weddings and funerals. Roz also helps us ensure that the church is open every day to visitors. 

Anne Markwick – Bell Tower Captain – Dulverton

Anne is captain of our bell tower at Dulverton. As dedicated ringers they ring our bells with the band on Sunday mornings and for many other occasions. They are always pleased to welcome visiting ringers from other churches and new ringers wanting to learn this fun and very English art. 

Gary Cooper – Musical Director – Dulverton

Gary, our Musical Director at Dulverton, and cares for all things musical in our church. He heads up our choir of adults and children, and also brings together singing talent from across our benefice of five parishes for our occasional United Benefice Worship on the fifth Sunday of the month. Gary will be able to help you through your musical thoughts and decisions for weddings and funerals and well as other musical enquiries. He does all this whilst supporting his wife’s musical career and helping her to home school their three children. 

Roger Routledge – Bell Tower Captain – Brushford

Roger captains our bell tower at Brushford. As a dedicated ringer he rings our bells with the band on Sunday mornings and for many other occasions. He is always pleased to welcome visiting ringers from other churches and new ringers wanting to learn this fun and very English art. 

Lucilla Wright – Musical Director – Brushford

Lucilla is our musical maestra at Brushford church. She like Gary at Dulverton will be able to help and assist you through choices and musical thoughts for weddings and funerals. She also takes the musical lead in our Sunday by Sunday worship and celebration. 

Malcolm Miller – Churchwarden – Brompton Regis

Malcolm is our Churchwarden at Brompton Regis. Here he cares for the maintenance of the building with the Parochial Church Council, makes sure that we have all we need for our regular Sunday by Sunday worship, ably assisted by his wife Joyce you may even find him handing you your hymn book with a friendly smile on Sunday morning. 

Sylvia Luxton – Chapel Warden – Withiel Florey

Sylvia together with her whole family, including, Edward her husband, Colin her brother, Margaret her mother, and Steven her son care for the church at Withiel Florey. There is very little this dedicated and loving family don’t do for our smallest and yet hugely loved church in the benefice. 

David Wood – Churchwarden – Upton

David is our churchwarden at Upton. Here he cares for the maintenance of the building with the Parochial Church Council, makes sure that we have all we need for our regular Sunday by Sunday worship, ably assisted by his wife Isobel you may even find him handing you your hymn book with a friendly smile on Sunday morning.

Ian Trusler – Churchwarden – Skilgate

Ian is our Churchwarden at Skilgate. Here he cares for the maintenance of the building with the Parochial Church Council, makes sure that we have all we need for our regular Sunday by Sunday worship, ably assisted by his wife Mary you may even find him handing you your hymn book with a friendly smile on Sunday morning. Ian is also the point of contact for visiting bands of ringers who would like to come to sleepy Skilgate and ring our lovely church bells.