St Michaels has always been blessed with great people. From congregation to clergy Bramhall's Parish Church has always brought a loving embrace, intelligence, wisdom, and a hub of joy to the people of Bramhall and beyond. By way of a brief introduction, here are some of the people (a non-exhaustive list) that currently help St Michaels "tick":
Vicar - Fr Simon Marsh
Assistant Priest - Revd Canon Bob Read
Fr Bob retired from full time ministry in 2014 and now acts in an honorary capacity as an assistant priest in the parish. He trained for the ministry at Kelham Theological College in Nottinghamshire and was ordained a priest in Durham Cathedral in 1971. Having served his title in a large parish in South Shields Fr Bob returned to his home Diocese of Chester in 1975. Since that time he has served in the parishes of Wilmslow, Offerton, Newton and Gatley. Fr Bob finds it a privilege to be able to be part of the warm and welcoming church family at St Michael’s.
Assistant Priest - Fr David Parker
Bramhall St Michaels is delighted that, despite being retired, Fr David continues to regularly celebrate Eucharist and preach here. After growing up in Dorset a “good Methodist”, Fr David was later confirmed during his National Service in the RAF before spending five happy years studying and training for ordination at St. Chad's College, Durham. Since then he has served in parishes in London, St. Alban's and Chester Dioceses, with a final two years in Cumbria before retiring back to Cheadle Hulme in 2002. During a brief break from parish ministry he also worked for Stockport Mind for six years.
As a youngster Fr David played a lot of sport - rugby, badminton, anything that was to hand – and graduated to crown green bowls when older. He now enjoys swimming, reading, cooking, and above all being able to continue his ministry into his twilight years, which he spends happily married to his wife Chris.
Reader - Marina Bennett
Marina, along with her husband Frank and their family, has been integral to the life of St Michaels for decades. Marina has served the church wonderfully in various capacities over the years including, amongst other things, as leader of Young Church and co-ordinator of Pastoral Care. For many years Marina has been a Reader at St Michaels and preached on several occasions.
Churchwarden - Sue Taylor
Having spent most of her life in pastoral ministry, Sue is a Churchwarden here at Bramhall St Michaels, where she and her husband David (who have three daughters) have worshipped for many decades. After training as a nurse at Manchester Royal Infirmary, Sue went on to work for 26 years at our local St Ann’s Hospice, as a Staff Nurse from 1984 and eventually retiring from the position of Clinical Services Manager, “the old Matron figure!”, in 2010.
Churchwarden - Louise Richardson
Louise generously dedicates her time to St Michaels as a Churchwarden whilst also being chair of the board of corporation at Stockport College, and owning of her own consultancy practice. Louise is an accomplished musician and singer, having previously served as Music Leader here at St Michaels, and remains heavily involved with the church's musical life, including singing in the choir at services.
PCC Vice-Chairman - Bob Munn
As lay Vice-Chair of the church council, Bob chairs meetings in the absence of the Vicar, and chairs the PCC Finance and Buildings Committee. A retired academic, he is a former Churchwarden at St Michaels, and sings and plays the guitar at 10 a.m. services. He also chairs the Diocese of Chester committee that advises parishes on significant changes to church buildings and their interiors.
PCC Secretary - Tricia Munn
Director of Music - Jonnie Gait
School & Community Co-ordinator - Jill Elston
Jill is our Schools Coordinator and Children’s Advocate, and works alongside many other members of the congregation as part of the Children, Schools and Youth Team at St Michael’s. Jill likes mindfulness, chocolate, singing and a large de-caff latte. She is keen to break down the barriers, real and imagined, between the church and the community. She has been working on community outreach projects and looks forward to meeting you soon. She is a regular contributor to the church Facebook and Twitter feed.
Child Protection Officer - Pauline D'Souza
Baptism Co-ordinator - Chris Ainscough
Christine (known as Chris) is, along with her daughter Sally, a Baptism Co-ordinator here at Bramhall St Michaels. Chris and her husband, Brian, have lived in the area for the past 44 years. Their family is very important to them. Their three married children, Julie, Sally, and David, and also their seven grandchildren all live nearby so they get together often. Chris has worshipped at St Michaels for the past 16 years since her granddaughter, Hannah, was baptised and, together with her daughter Sally, will help organise these special occasions for others.
Baptism Co-ordinator - Sally Harwood
Sally (or Sal) shares the role of Baptism Co-ordinator with her mum, Chris, with whom she has a very close relationship and common understanding of the importance of family. Sally and her husband Phil, who she has known since the age of 4, are blessed with two children, their son Stephen and daughter Hannah. Sally sees baptism as a time of special joy and blessing, and has in fact been a parishioner at St Michaels since Hannah was baptised in 2000.
Sally has worked in nursing for the past 28 years and currently works part time as a Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist Sister at Stepping Hill Hospital. Nursing has taught her to take a holistic approach to the needs of a person and she feels privileged to be able to have some input into the beginning of a spiritual journey for families. Sally would welcome any questions or concerns that anyone may have regarding baptisms.