Revd Danielle Pearson – Smith
01634 240232

 It has been an exciting journey so far … I cannot believe the absolute privilege I have in being able to serve God and minister to his people.
 My early years were spent in Croydon and then later with within the Medway Towns,. Before ordination I was a hairdresser and then an administrator at Aylesford Priory, but most importantly a mum. Many of the skills I have learnt both in the workplace and in the home are incredibly transferrable and essential for parish ministry.
I love to study and prior to ordained ministry training I studied theology for six years at St Augustine ‘s College of Theology and after a period of discernment continued with them on a full time mixed mode course to complete my training. This meant that for two years alongside study I served within a variety of churches for sixteen hours a week. This has given me a broad understanding and appreciation for a variety of worship styles and ministries.
I served my curacy  at St John’s Church  in Welling, where I learnt a great deal about what it means to be incarnational, being part of  church family  and ministering  to and alongside  the local community.
In my spare time I enjoy all things creative and look forward to ‘creating’ lots of things and memories in the coming years here in Snodland.
 I am married to Steve and have two daughters , Harriet  18 , and Isobel 13, and we have a dog called Coco, As a family we are looking forward  to our new life in Snodland as we serve the parish of All Saints with Christ Church ,
 

Picture of Sue BrooksAssociate Rector: Revd Sue Brooks

Tel: 01634 241350           

E-mail: suebrooks189@yahoo.com

 

Picture of Annette HintonReader:

Annette Hinton

 

 

Picture of Derek TompsettReader:

Derek Tompsett

 

 

Picture of June WrightPastoral Assistant:

June Wright

 

 

Pastoral Assistant:

Jane Rimmer

 

 

Reader Licensed to the Deanery :

Ros Oliver

 

 

Retired Priest with Permission to Officiate (PTO):

Canon Gordon Oliver

 

 

Retired Priest with Permission to Officiate (PTO):

Revd. June Terry

 

AN HISTORICAL NOTE:

The Rector of a parish is charged by the Bishop at his licensing with the care or ‘cure’ of the souls in his or her parish. He is historically the ‘curate’. If you look at the old 1662 Prayer Book intercessions made during the Communion Service, you will notice that we pray for “all bishops and curates” with no mention of vicars or rectors. Confusingly, someone who officially assists the Rector is nowadays known as the curate, but legally they are the ‘assistant curate’ and so that is the title used here!

BRIEF BIOGRAPHIES

 Rector  – see above

Sue Brooks:

Sue first came to Snodland in September 1971 and taught in the Infant department of St Katherine’s County Primary full time until her daughter Hannah was born in 1976, and  then part time until 1987 when she  moved into the field of employment training with the Youth Training Scheme  and later unemployed adults. Together with a couple of friends she started the Katherine Wheel pre-school in 1983, as there were no spaces for their children to attend elsewhere in Snodland and has continue to be involved as a trustee.

Whilst working with unemployed adults she became interested in the effects dyslexia had on learning and trained as a dyslexia specialist, which led her to work in the dyslexia unit at West Kent College, Tonbridge for the remainder of her teaching career, initially as a tutor and subsequently as manager.

Her faith has always been a significant element in her life and she was confirmed at age 15. Once her children, Hannah, Ruth and Chris, were old enough to be reasonably independent, she went forward for Reader training and was licensed in 1991. It was towards the end of her training that the ordination of women was authorised. On the evening that this momentous decision was announced she was phoned by a colleague asking when she was going to go forward as a priest. Several others subsequently made similar comments but it was not until 2000 that she felt ready to take this step and explore ministry further. She was ordained NSM Deacon in 2003 and served as chaplain at West Kent College until she retired in 2014,while continuing to worship at Snodland. She was  dual – licensed to serve as curate in Snodland in 2009 and ordained priest in 2011.

Her main focus is on work with adults (e.g. running the Dementia Café and liaising with Community Payback), but she has also recently been involved with starting a Coffee Break mother and toddlers group at Holborough.

June Wright:

June moved to Snodland in 1986 and has lived here ever since.  She became a Christian in 1984 and was authorized to be a Pastoral Assistant in 1986. She loves people and derives her strength for ministry from prayer.

Her husband Alan died in 2016. She has two daughters, Caroline and Julie, who between them have given her seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her hobbies include art and gardening.