The Ministry Team

Rector of Minchinhampton with Box and Amberley
The Reverend Helen Bailey
HelenBailey2014Helen trained at Westcott House, studying for her Theology Degree at Cambridge University and spending a year in America at Yale University. Before coming to Gloucestershire, she served her curacy in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Helen's first degree was in English, and before ordination was Acting Head and Assistant Head of English at secondary schools in the Dales, as well as a writer of study guides and Assistant Secretary of the National Association for Teaching English. She also worked for the LEA training teachers to work with gifted and talented children. Prior to teaching she spent many years working for churches in various capacities, and with Probation Services, the homeless and children with special needs in Hull. Helen's interests are very varied and if not curled up with a book, loves hill walking, theatre, opera, cookery, travel abroad, teashops and second-hand bookshops! A placement in Tanzania in 2013 teaching ordinands and working with AIDs orphans had a profound impact on her and she was delighted to find a link to Tanzania here.
 
 
Associate Priest
The Reverend Sandy Emery
Sandy EmerySandy was ordained at Gloucester Cathedral in 2010 having trained at WEMTC West of England Ministerial Training Course obtaining a Foundation Degree in Theology. I am a Canadian and came to England in 1974 to train as a midwife. I have an MA in Education from London University and my professional background was as a nurse, midwife and teacher. When I retired I was Head of Department for Midwifery & Women’s Health in a London University, a far cry from the outset of my career as a nurse/missionary on an Indian Reservation in remote British Columbia. I am registered disabled with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis and have mobility problems but I use a mobility scooter to get me where I need to be. I live in the village of Edge with my partner Glynnis and our much loved border terrier Poppy, and I also have five tortoises. For relaxation I enjoy reading, listening to classical music, and gardening, which has been a challenge whilst sitting on my scooter!
 
 
Associate Priest
The Reverend John Spiers
John SpiersJohn was ordained at Winchester Cathedral in 2013 having trained on the Oxford Ministry Course based at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxford, obtaining a Foundation Degree in Theology. Prior to ordination he worked in IT project management in the oil industry. He was a churchwarden at two churches in villages; one in Buckinghamshire and then one in Hampshire for a total of fourteen years. He served his curacy in a village parish as well as a suburban parish which provided a contrasting learning experience. He is married to Doreen. We enjoy walking, swimming, cycling and gardening which is fortunate for those who know the garden here at the Rectory in Amberley. Doreen hopes to pick up her volunteering activities with the National Trust and also Citizens Advice. We are also looking forward to discovering a part of the country that is quite new to us.
 
 
Assistant Curate
The Reverend John Thompson
John ThompsonJohn was a minister in the Methodist Church for 27 years before transferring to the Church of England in 2016. Having trained at the ecumenical Queen’s College in Birmingham, his first appointment was in Guernsey followed by a time in Sheffield. He moved to Gloucestershire in 2000 having become non-stipendiary, and ran the post office in Ebley for eight years, also serving as Free Church Chaplain to Eastwood Park prison. When the post office closed John resumed full time ministry in the area before becoming the full time chaplain to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in 2013, where he continues to work for most of the week. Married to Catherine since 1987, they have two grown up sons, Samuel & Reuben, and a daughter, Lydia, who has severe learning difficulties. Catherine has a number of voluntarily roles in the community. John sings with Wycliffe Choral Society, enjoys cookery and cycles as much as possible. He is also the chair of the local charity Hill Valley & Vale – in his remaining ‘spare’ time.
 
Reader
Linda Jarvis
Linda JarvisLinda was licensed Reader at Gloucester Cathedral in September 2004. She started her training after her first visit to the parish's link diocese of Masasi, Tanzania. This visit changed both her and her husband's life. (Steve is now the Associate Priest at Bisley benefice). Apart from working for the parish, Linda also has her own book-keeping business. She has been married to Stephen since June 1980. They have two children. Catherine and Timothy. Catherine is married to Tony and they have a son called Matthew; and Timothy is married to Bekah. In her spare time, she likes to go for walks, growing her own food in her garden and allotment, and doing jigsaws, especially 'wasgij's' and her favourite holiday destination is the Island of Iona.