REVEREND REBECCA CLARKE
I was ordained in Birmingham diocese in 2007. Having completed my curacy I became Vicar at Immanuel church Highters Heath Birmingham. In 2017 Brian and I moved to Churchtown when I was appointed Team Rector of The North Meols Team.
In my spare time I enjoy walking our dog, reading, listening to music and catching up with family and friends.
REVEREND CANON LES THOMAS
I began my ministry as Curate at St. John’s, Knotty Ash in 1969, after which we moved to two coal mining villages in St. Helens. Then it was up to Southport as Vicar of St. Stephen’s in Banks. The Parish included the chaplaincy of Greaves Hall Hospital which was a large long-stay hospital for people with learning disabilities. This began for me a particular interest in ministering to people with such special needs – an interest, and I believe a calling, that would be a main focus for me over the next twenty five years. After leaving Banks, we served for ten years in Crosby as Vicar of the newly established Parish Church of All Saints’. During these years I led ecumenical Days of Prayer and retreats for people with learning disabilities at the Liverpool Roman Catholic Cathedral.
Wanting more hands-on work with people with special needs, I moved over to the Chester Diocese in 1992 where, for the next ten years, I was Chaplain of the David Lewis Centre for Epilepsy, and Vicar of a country parish just outside Knutsford.
Having grown up in down-town Liverpool, the Lord’s sense of humour then came to the fore when I found myself Vicar of four rural parishes in deepest Cheshire, and the Rural Dean of Malpas.
My wife Pam and I retired to Southport in 2010, and now enjoy our four grandchildren, DIY projects, gardening (when I have to!), my passion for movie making and Pam’s passion for art and ceramics. Oh, and also helping out in the North Meols Team, mostly at St. Cuthbert’s and the Church at the Centre. You never truly retire from the Lord’s work.
I was licensed to St Cuthbert’s as a Reader in 2004. The role of a Reader is to preach and teach and I take a vey active role in our church services and enjoy working with the other members of our Team.
I am married to Mark and am a retired Community Pharmacist.
My hobbies include gardening, reading, swimming and spending time with my grandchildren.