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Long Stratton and Pilgrim Team Ministry

Ministry Team

Team Rector - Rev'd Heather Wilcox    

Revered Heather Wilcox

I was ordained in 2008 and have been Team Rector of the team since it was formed in 2017. Prior to that, I was the Rector of Long Stratton and Wacton since 2011 and Priest-in-charge of the Pilgrim Benefice from 2015. Alongside her role as Team Rector, I am also the Rural Dean of Depwade Deanery.

I am married to Geraint and have two adult children, Megan who is married to Scott and Luke. We all live as one glorious family at The Rectory, along with chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, quails, budgies, fish, a dog and an assortment of reptiles and insects. Although I myself am not keen on pets of any kind!

Outside of work, hobbies include anything crafty, particulaly cross-stitch, knitting and recently crochet and I also enjoy spending time with the family on walks and swimming. 

Team Vicar - Rev'd John Madinda

I was ordained in 2000. Following my ordination I taught at St Philip’s Theological College in Tanzania where I was college principal.  I joined the Long Stratton and Pilgrim Team in 2015 as Team Vicar and have enjoyed parish life in a rural and multi-parish benefice.

My wife Marleen and I have two grown up children Cornelie and Ruel. I like anything relating to Ministry and Theology and anything to do with nature, but above all I like sharing the Good News about Jesus my Saviour.

 

Assistant Priest (OLM) - Rev'd Gill Osborne

Retired priest with permission to officiate - Rev'd Elisabeth Spry

I was ordained in 2006 as an OLM, originally in the Long Stratton and Wacton benefice, and retired in 2017. I have lived in Long Stratton since 1976, and worked as a Librarian in Norwich until 2007. I am also Tower Captain at St Mary's Church, Bellringing being one of my interests. Other interests include line dancing, swimming, reading, and enjoying the countryside.

 

 

Readers

Margaret Smith

I grew up in Lincolnshire but have lived for 45 years in Norfolk, mostly in this area.

My mother, grandmother and great grandparents came from Bunwell, so I have some strong links to these villages. I am widowed, with 3 adult children, and 3 small grandchildren, who are a source of great delight.

I was licensed as an LLM/Reader in 2016, and in my spare time enjoy gardening and entertaining.

 

Angie Baldwin

My name is Angie Baldwin. I've lived in Wacton for 2 year and love it, and have been a Reader for 8 years.

I moved from living on my narrowboat on the Chesterfield Canal where I became a Waterways Chaplain, a role I now continue on the Broads.

I have two spaniels, one of whom is blind and we share our home with my father. I enjoy walking, reading, art, patchwork and I'm trying to get to grips with gardening.

During my life I've been a Radiographer, a smallholder and a School Librarian. I have three chidren and 4.5 grandchildren.

 

Retired reader with permission to officiate - Margaret Thorburn

I am a retired primary school teacher with a brilliant family who are constantly in touch and often visit.  Although I have several interests, that of Village History rises to the top.

What has been called “the ministry of the teapot “ means there's often a number of mugs to deal with at the end of the afternoon and, especially at this time of the year, the conversation will have got round to the preservation of old apple varieties.

I value friendship greatly and have a few friends left who have been alongside me since we left college in 1950.