The Church of England in Saddleworth

The Church of England in Saddleworth worships God revealed to us in Jesus Christ. We welcome all who seek God, regardless of race, age, gender, or sexual orientation. We affirm that the Church's mission, in obedience with Holy Scripture is to proclaim the unfailing love of God in every generation. We are a team of nine churches serving our community through prayer and friendship.


The Clergy Team

The clergy team who are licensed to the Benefice of Saddleworth are shown below.

They are supported by a number of retired clergy who make a significant contribution to the life of the Church:
The Right Reverend Rupert Hoare and Reverends Godfrey Adams, Rosie Bowers, Brian Cordingley, Averil Cunnington, Jenny Degg, John Faraday and Duncan Rhodes.


Reverend Canon Sharon Jones
Team Rector

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Sharon's role, supported by colleagues, is to provide leadership; to encourage, enable and inspire all those in the Benefice of Saddleworth to grow as disciples of Christ.


Reverend John Rosedale
Team Vicar

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Supporting Sharon in her role as Team Rector, John works primarily in the communities of Denshaw, Delph and Dobcross.


Reverend Barbara Christopher
Associate Priest

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Whilst supporting Sharon and John in their roles across the Benefice, Barbara's ministry is mainly at St Mary, Greenfield, where she is responsible for pastoral care, and she is also involved with the wider community as a Governor at St Mary's School.


Reverend Hilary Edgerton
Associate Priest

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Hilary works part-time across the churches with special responsibility for discipleship,  developing study groups and events relating the Bible to everyday Christian living, and encouraging lay leadership. 

She also works part-time as a prison chaplain.


Reverend Professor Mike Donmall
Team Curate

Mike works part time across the team in liturgy and pastorally; also at the University of Manchester as Professor of Health and Society.

He will become an 'Associate Priest' later in 2017 when he completes his curacy.



Reverend Pat Gillian
Team Curate

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Pat is looking forward to being ordained as a priest in June 2017 and then to become an Ordained Local Minister (OLM) within the clergy team with specific focus at St Anne's Lydgate.


Reverend Philip Williamson
Team Curate

Philip feels very blessed to be called to serve the people of Saddleworth. He is enjoying working as part of the Ministry Team and in such a diverse and exciting group of worship centres.

Philip is looking forward to being ordained to the priesthood in June 2017 and serving as a Self-Supporting Minister.


Graham McGuffie
Team Reader

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