The Ministry Team
Rector of Minchinhampton with Box and Amberley
Reverend Canon Howard Gilbert
Howard grew up in Marlborough, before reading philosophy at Southampton University.
After a short career as a financial advisor, Howard trained for ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, and was ordained Deacon in Southwark Cathedral in 2005. He served his curacy at St. Barnabas, North Dulwich, before becoming Associate Vicar of Cirencester with Watermoor in this diocese and was licensed as Rector of our benefice in January 2019.
Howard is also an Honorary Canon of Gloucester Cathedral, chair of the Bishop’s Advisory Group for IT, and convenor of the Bishop’s Advisory Group for Deliverance Ministry.
Howard is married to Susannah, who is training to be a maths Teacher, and they have two daughters, Daisy (born in 2010) and Lucy (born in 2013). When they aren’t “working” they love cycling and skiing together!
The Reverend Sandy Emery
Sandy 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 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!
The Reverend John Spiers
John 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.
Linda 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.