The Ministry Team
The Reverend Helen Bailey
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 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!
The Reverend Deborah Curram
Deborah was ordained deacon in Gloucester Cathedral on 19 June 2016, after studying for 2 years through the West of England Ministerial College. Before moving to Gloucestershire in 1995, she worked in Marketing and Public Relations in London and lived in Surrey. She is married to Nic and has three sons (Scott, Elliott and Huw) and has lived in Amberley since 2003, where she was the lay Reader. Deborah has three dogs, who have helped her train for the marathon Moonwalk in London, and enjoys reading, cooking, watching films and playing scrabble.
The Reverend John Thompson
John 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.