Meet The Team
Rector of Totnes
Julian describes himself as a ‘nomadic priest’ in that he has gone where he has been asked to serve and in thirty-five years of ministry he' has worked in four Diocese. After training at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, in West Yorkshire, he started as a curate at Hebburn on Tyneside in the Durham Diocese and experienced the struggles of extreme unemployment.
For his second curacy, he served at Bretton, Peterborough (a big new town development with a shared Church with the Roman Catholics). This parish also housed a 96 bed unit YMCA and started a ten year association, which continued into his first incumbency in a more rural setting on the edge of the Fens, just outside Peterborough. Finally before moving to Totnes, Julian served ten years on the Isles of Scilly. Previous to all this he was in hotel management, principally working in London.
Julian's whole life is about 'people ministry' and he feels it is such a joy to serve the people in the Totnes Team.
Steve was born in Chippenham in Wiltshire and left home at 16 to join the Royal Marines. After six years' military service Steve joined the Wiltshire Constabulary, as a police officer, stationed in Swindon and Devizes. In 1990 he left the police and went to Exeter University to read Law. Thereafter, he was called to the Bar, and spent 14 years as a barrister in private practice in the South West. In 2001 Steve left the Bar and he and his
family moved to Green Bay Wisconsin, USA, where he took up a position as an associate minister at a large Baptist church. After 2½ years they returned to the UK, where they started a new church in Dawlish, Devon. In 2007 his family moved back to the USA, where he took another associate minister position, at a large Baptist church. They served there for 8 years, with Steve becoming the senior minister of the church for the last 3 years of their stay. While in the USA, Steve
obtained a Masters in Christian Ministry Leadership. In 2015 they returned to the UK, Steve attended Trinity Theological College. Graduating with a Masters in Theology and Mission. In September 2016, he started as assistant curate in Totnes. Steve has been married to his wife, Denise, for 35 years and they have two children.
Team Vicar, Rural Dean and Diocesan Interfaith Adviser
Deborah was a pioneer at Rossall School, founded to educate sons of clergymen, Deborah was one of eleven girls admitted at the age of eleven.
After reading English at university, Deborah taught English at Epsom College for twenty years and pioneered co-education there at 13+, later becoming Senior Housemistress.
Following a calling to ordained ministry, she trained at Salisbury, serving her curacy in Goodrington before being appointed as Team Vicar of Totnes.
Deborah is a people person and loves enabling others to have a formative encounter with God, particularly through creative and alternative worship.
Martin has been a Christian all his life and like a lot of other people he freely admits that it has its moments. He says that at this time he is thoroughly enjoying his life of serving God and the church as churchwarden here in Totnes.
Martin’s duties include being Vice-Chairman of the PCC, Chairman of the Fabric Committee and together with the Rector and other churchwardens, looking after the Church itself as a building.
Julian is a former member of St Mary’s Church choir and is now a
Churchwarden. He also edits the Parish Magazine, looks after the Church boiler, organises the Church locking up rota, serves on the Fabric committee and is Secretary of the Friends of St Mary’s.
Associate Priest in the Totnes Team Ministry.
Liz has been a Reader since around the start of the millennium, having trained in Chelmsford Diocese.
Liz's work in the Totnes Team includes taking Services of the Word and Communion by Extension to all our churches and handling the wedding and funeral fees for the Totnes Team Ministry. She also coordinates Totnes Street Pastors and is the team link with Totnes Connection Hub and Food Bank.
Although born in Birmingham, Tony regards himself as a “local”, having moved to South Devon with his parents when he was 10 years old. He attended the old Totnes Grammar School for boys in the Fifties and began his career as a Primary School teacher in Worle, just outside Weston-super-Mare. Returning to Devon as soon as possible he taught in schools in Brixham and Kingsteignton and was appointed head teacher of Chudleigh Primary School in 1976. In 1984 the circle was completed when he became Head of The Grove Primary School in Totnes, retiring in 2000.
As head of the local school, Tony had the very good fortune to get to know the children and parents of the local community very well and become involved in many local activities. He has been both a governor at Bidwell Brook school and a Foundation Governor at Dartington Primary school and continues to have very close associations with many primary schools in the area.
Tony is passionate about music, choral music in particular, and has sung with many local societies. However, his taste in music is wide ranging and has “trodden the boards” in many musicals, including some in Totnes. At present he sings with the South Devon Choir and is a member of the church choir at St. Mary’s Totnes.
In 2013 he received his licence as a Lay Reader in Exeter Cathedral and it is his great joy and privilege to serve the people in the Totnes Mission Community.