People ask, ‘You’re a vicar, why did you decide to do that?’
I could answer that by talking about the journey that God’s brought me on or what I spend my time doing. But it’s really because there’s nothing more important and life-changing than the message of Jesus. I need Jesus myself and know that everyone else needs him too.
Charlie joined the church in 2013. Moving from Slough with his wife Sophie, and their three children, Charlie quickly made an impact on our church with his particular brand of energy and commitment to outreach.
Charlie loves being with people and generating ideas and is never happier than when helping people to grasp life-changing spiritual truth. He really wants to see the church as a demonstration of the power of God for personal and societal transformation – a diverse community united by our Lord and Saviour.
Lesley has worshipped at St. Mary’s for over thirty years and has enjoyed a wide variety of ministry opportunities – everything from children’s groups, to worship groups, youth work to Reader ministry, preaching a gospel of love and acceptance. As a former teacher of Sociology and Social Welfare, Lesley enjoys promoting learning and helping others to discover their vocation and as a grandmother of two, really enjoys getting covered in paint, playdough and making a mess!
I was born in Lutterworth where I lived for 39 years and was brought up as a Christian.
I taught at Lutterworth High School before we moved to Southsea, where I taught at St Judes Primary School and worshipped at St Jude’s Church in Southsea.
I moved back to Lutterworth in 2008 and have enjoyed my time at St Mary’s Lutterworth taking part in many activities.
Having been on the Church Council for years, Geraldine is currently our deputy safeguarding co-ordinator and organises our weekly Wednesday service.
My family and I have been part of the church family at Lutterworth Church since 2017. I am originally from the North West of England and after school studied at university in Sheffield. I used to live in Oxford which is where I first went to church, became a Christian and met my lovely wife Susan. We now live in North Kilworth with our four children and we enjoy watching Leicester Tigers and going on holiday in Northumberland.
James is a member of the PCC with responsibility for leading the EXPLORE team, helping people to find out about God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This includes running regular courses to introduce people to Jesus. James is also deputy church warden.
Having served as an intern at Cornerstone Church in Nottingham and as Youth Minister at St Luke’s Church, Thurnby, Ben moved with his wife Lizzi to join our team in 2020. Ben leads our work with 11-18s through regular groups. mentoring and one-off events, also heading up our administration team and preaching in our services.
Ben is passionate about teenagers having the opportunity to explore faith and to hear the lifechanging story of salvation we see in the person of Jesus. In his opinion, there is nothing better than an afternoon in a coffee shop with a group of teenagers, wrestling with tough questions in the Bible and marveling at its good news for our lives.
People ask: “What is an ordinand?”
The easiest way to explain that title is by saying I am a trainee vicar. I am currently working in Lutterworth, learning from the ministry and people here, while also studying a Theology Degree at St Mellitus College, London.
Ben and his wife Emily moved to Lutterworth in 2018 as part of his training towards ordination in the Church of England. He has been involved in various aspects of church life, in particular music, youth work, the local Covid-19 Crisis response team, and Sunday services. Ben is passionate about preaching, outreach and social action.
Since arriving in Lutterworth Ben and Emily have welcomed their son, Judah, into the world and he enjoys reading, running and watching films that most would consider “guilty pleasures”.
Hilary has been a church administrator since 2018. Most of her career has been in library-related work. She moved to Leicestershire 25 years ago with her husband and they have two grown-up children and a dog. Hilary enjoys organising Messy Church at Cosby Church and believes it is important to teach children about God’s love from an early age. She loves singing in Cantorum choir and her church choir.
Hmm…what to say about Tom?
Ruth moved to Rugby in 1986 from Lancashire with her husband Ray and young son David when Ray’s job relocated to the area. Ruth has two grandsons and loved watching them grow into mature young men. Ruth became a Christian 45 years ago and is passionate about Prayer and Pastoral Care and loves visiting people and talking about Jesus and how he can transform our lives through prayer. When I retired I felt that I wanted to learn to play the piano and started learning 2 years ago and have never looked back. It’s been a challenge I have to say, but I believe we need challenges to help us grow and change as we go through life. You never know you might hear me play one day!!