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, Canon Jim Burns, Brian Cordingley, Averil Cunnington, Jenny Degg and John Faraday.


Reverend Canon Sharon Jones
Team Rector

M: 07738 966271

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

T: 01457 874209

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


Reverend Aaron Jackman
Assistant Curate

M: 07717893466

Aaron is the latest person to join the clergy team, having been ordained as deacon in July 2017.  He divides his time between the whole of the benefice, supporting each church in ministering to their communities.  As a full-time curate, Aaron will be spending the next few years gaining the experience in order to serve God as priest and is looking forward to the adventure ahead.


Reverend Barbara Christopher
Associate Priest

T: 01457 876802

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 Professor Mike Donmall
Associate Priest

Mike works across the Benefice, focusing on liturgy and pastoral matters, mainly at Christ Church Friezland and St Chad Saddleworth. He also has a part-time appointment as Professor of Health & Society at the University of Manchester.



Reverend Hilary Edgerton
Assistant Priest

T: 01457 871704

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 Angela Bryan
Assistant Priest

T: 0161 626 0380
M: 07736 233122

Ang joins the team from Rochdale, where she was most recently Priest-in-Charge of St Thomas Kirkholt and Deanery Estates Missioner. Her part-time role is Missioner with Children & Young People, to which she brings a primary PGCE and lots of experience with children’s and youth work in different contexts.

She has also just completed an intensive graphic design course, so is open to design commissions of any kind!



Reverend Pat Gillian
Assistant Curate

T: 01457 870162

Pat was ordained on Saturday 24th June 2017 in a wonderful service at Manchester Cathedral and is now an Ordained Local Minister(OLM) in the Benefice with special focus at St Anne's Church and School in Lydgate.

Pat is looking forward to working within the clergy team to further God's work in this place.


Reverend Philip Williamson
Assistant Curate

Philip was ordained Deacon in June 2016 and on Saturday 24th June 2017 was ordained Priest at Manchester Cathedral by the Right Reverend Mark Ashcroft, Bishop of Bolton.

Philip feels very blessed to be called to serve the people of Saddleworth as a Self-Supporting Minister. He is enjoying working as part of the Ministry Team in such a diverse and exciting Benefice.


Graham McGuffie
Team Reader

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