What is a vicar, a churchwarden, a reader...? Confused?
I was born in Camberwell, London where I spent the first eleven years of my life. I then moved to Frome in Somerset where I lived until 28. During this time I became convinced about Jesus Christ and decided to become one of His followers.
I also gained a degree in computing and entered a career in this field. As time progressed I got married to my wonderful wife, Judy. I also became a troubleshooting manager and ended up starting my own small company.
Around the age of 38 I started to become aware that God may well be calling me to become a vicar. After discussing this with others over a period of time we all felt this was God’s will for me and I was ordained in 2002.
I served as a Curate in Bristol and then an Associate Vicar in Chelmsford. The responsibilities I have had during the years before and after ordination have been many and varied. My work for Jesus has tended to have a strong strategic, evangelistic and collaborative tone to it.
It is such a privilege to be involved in serving the creator of the universe who has such a fantastic concern for us. We really matter to God, and being involved in people’s connection with God is amazing. I have seen many, many people transformed by the power of God. What a way of living, to be part of that!
I am delighted to be serving God in Radcliffe since July 2012, along with my wife, Liz, who continues as Head of a large primary school in north Nottingham. We have three sons, two living independently and the third at university. A curate is essentially an apprentice vicar and I will take 3 or 4 years to complete my training here, gradually taking on more responsibilities.
From my childhood I have attended church on a regular basis. I had an early insight of the duties of a churchwarden, as my father held that position for many years in our small rural parish in Oxfordshire. I also sang in the church choir for a number of years – until my voice broke.
David is a Licensed Reader in the Malkin Group, a member of the PCC and Stewardship Administrator for St Mary’s. He is also Lay Chair of East Bingham Deanery Synod, a member of The Diocesan House of Laity Standing Committee and a member of the Diocesan Synod. David also chairs the Deanery Finance Group, which oversees apportionment of Parish Share throughout the East Bingham Deanery.
I was born in Leicester, and lived in various places in Leicestershire until my mid teens when my Dad's job took the family to Suffolk. As well as working full time my Dad led several village chapels over the years as a lay Pastor. At age 13 I realised that I had to make my own decision to be a Christian I couldn't rely on my parents faith, Jesus had died to forgive my sins and he wanted me to follow him.
Members of the PCC for the current year are:
Dave Townsend - Churchwarden
Sue Megahy - Churchwarden
Mita Johnson - PCC Secretary
Roger Scothern - Treasurer
David Payne - Deanery Synod Representative
Joan Reynolds - Deanery Synod and Vice-chair
Rev Gail Spencer