There are many people involved in ensuring that our church runs smoothly. However, below are some of those you are likely to encounter when visiting us.
I am married to Kim and we have four children. Originally from Hereford I studied for a degree in music at St. Andrew’s University before moving to London for further study alongside working in a large central London church.
I trained to be ordained at Cranmer Hall in Durham (where I met Kim) and I was ordained in 1989. I was curate in Thirsk in York diocese before spending 6 years in my home town in a large urban Team Ministry. The family moved to Barnard Castle in 2000 and we love this place! I am the Area Dean of Barnard Castle and became an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral in 2011.
Readers are admitted to a nationally accredited ministry. They are licensed by the Bishop after three years initial training and work alongside local clergy. Once trained and licensed, they can be found preaching, putting together and leading services, taking funerals, doing home communions and pastoral visits, being involved in youth work and a whole range of other activities, depending on their interests, gifts and skills.
My working life has mainly been in electrical engineering
but lately I have been attracted to energy management and looking for ways to
preserve energy. All energy is derived from the earth which is given to us
from God and I feel it is our moral duty to look after this finite source.
I'm married to Miriam and we have one daughter who lives and
works in London for a children's charity. Both the 'girls' continue to support me in my mission as a
Reader which I have been doing for ten years.
Born in Darlington, I live in Cotherstone, married to a priest (Judith), with four grown-up children. I am a public sector accountant, mostly working as Principal Lecturer in accountancy and management at New College Durham and then for the last fifteen years in my own business. I am now retired. I was licensed as a Reader in 2014 and am studying for a degree in Theology and Ministry.
I was admitted as a Reader in the Diocese of Gloucester in 1975 and have been licensed in the Diocese of Durham since 1988. I taught mathematics at Barnard Castle School before retiring in 2001. I retired from active ministry at the end of 2014 and am now a Reader Emeritus.
Organist and Director of Music
Following a long spell as a musician in H.M. Forces I now work as a peripatetic brass and piano teacher. A relatively latecomer to the organ I am really enjoying this magnificent instrument and the riches of church music, both traditional and modern.
Sandra SumnerJohn Moore
Tel: 01833 690663