Who we are

(For full contact details, including telephone numbers, please see the Contacts page)


Reverend Julian C OuldThe Reverend Prebendary Julian Ould
Team Rector
01803 865615
email Julian Ould

I describe myself as a ‘nomadic priest’ in that I have gone where I have been asked to serve and in thirty years of ministry have worked all over the country.

After training at Mirfield, West Yorkshire, I started as a curate at Hebburn on Tyneside, experiencing the struggles of extreme unemployment. For my second curacy, I served in the new town development Bretton, Peterborough.

My first incumbency was in a more rural setting on the edge of the Fens, just outside Peterborough. Finally before moving to Totnes, where I am also Rural Dean and Safeguarding Advisor for the Archdeaconry, I served ten years on the Isles of Scilly. Previous to all this I was in hotel management, principally working in London.

I have a passion for music and in addition to singing with and supporting the good musical tradition of St Mary’s Parish Church and its choir, I sing with the Cameo Singers. I love mixing with people and sharing the community life of our town and its colourful characters.


The Reverend Debbie Parsons
Team Vicar
01803 840113
email Debbie Parsons

Weighing little more than a Tate & Lyle bag of sugar, my twin and I were not expected to survive and were baptised at birth. We did survive … and so began my Christian journey!

A pioneer at Rossall School, founded to educate sons of clergymen, I was one of eleven girls admitted at the age of eleven. It was excellent preparation for life.

After reading English at university, I taught English at Epsom College for twenty years and pioneered co-education there at 13+, later becoming Senior Housemistress.

Following a calling to ordained ministry, I trained at Salisbury, serving my curacy in Goodrington before being appointed as Team Vicar of Totnes.

I am, at heart, a people person & love enabling others to have a formative encounter with God, particularly through creative and alternative worship.


GillStill01The Reverend Gill Still
Associate Priest in the Totnes Team Ministry
email Gill Still

Gill Still is also Chaplain to Rowcroft Hospice
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RevJaneFrostThe Reverend Jane Frost
Curate
01803 865196
email Jane Frost

I am married to Richard and we have a daughter, Rachel, a son, Jonathan, and a cocker spaniel, Pip! We celebrated our Silver Wedding Anniversary in 2016. 

Before training for the ministry in the South West Ministry Training Course, I was a secondary school English teacher and latterly, spent 6 years as a lay school chaplain, out of which, came my vocation.

Gardening, singing and reading have been spare time creative outlets to date.

A cradle Anglican, I have worshipped in a range of churches: I am particularly energised by journeying alongside others and relish all things creative and reflective. Joining the Totnes Team is a training gift.E


stevejones800pxThe Reverend Steve Jones
Curate
email Steve Jones

I have done a wide variety of jobs in my life, including being a Royal Marine, a police officer, a barrister and I have recently spent 14 years in the USA as a Baptist minister. Raised as a Methodist,

I became a Christian in the Falklands War in 1982 as the result of the ministry of my Anglican Royal Navy chaplain. I am married to Denise, with grown-up a daughter Katie, and son Charlie.

My passion is introducing people who are far from God to the incredible love, grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Liz Waterson Team ReaderLiz Waterson
Team Reader
01803 849345
email Liz Waterson

I have been a Reader since around the start of the millennium, having trained in Chelmsford Diocese.

My work in the Totnes Team includes taking Services of the Word and Communion by Extension to all our churches,  running an afternoon House Group and handling the wedding and funeral fees for the Totnes Team Ministry.

I am also the Safeguarding Officer for TSM and TSJ – look out for our lively Children’s Corner when you visit St Mary’s.

I coordinate the Ecumenical Totnes Street Pastor Scheme and liaise with the Totnes Drop In Centre and Food Bank – more information can be found in our quarterly newsletters.

Further ecumenical work involves helping out once per month at Totnes Methodist Parent and Toddler Group. Churches in Totnes work together well.


tonygreggTony Gregg
Team Reader
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RichardFrostRichard Frost
Team Reader
email Richard Frost

I have been a Reader in the Exeter Diocese since 2003 and am an Oblate with the Benedictine Monastery at Alton Abbey in Hampshire.

I work four days a week for the NHS supporting people for whom mental ill health affects their ability to work (Fridays are day off for both Jane and me!).

I also lead an international initiative, Mindful Employer, providing businesses and organisations with support, information and training and gained an MSc in this area of work in 2012.

I am primarily involved at Dartington and Brooking Churches and in Sacred Space. Jane and I are really enjoying living at The Vicarage in Week.


Jan Dietz Director of Music & OrganistJan Dietz
Director of Music & Organist
01803 770515
email Jan Dietz

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julianhallJulian Hall
Churchwarden
01803 867537
email Julian Hall

I am a former member of St Mary’s Church choir and am now a Churchwarden. I also edit the Parish Magazine, look after the Church boiler, organize the Church locking up rota, serve on the Fabric committee and am Secretary of the Friends of St Mary’s.


martinharveyMartin Harvey
Churchwarden
email Martin Harvey.

Martin has been a Christian all his life and like a lot of other people he freely admits that it has its moments. He says that at this time he is thoroughly enjoying his life of serving God and the church as churchwarden here in Totnes, although it is very demanding of his time and energy.

Martin’s duties include being Vice-Chairman of the PCC, Chairman of the Fabric Committee and, together with the Rector and other churchwarden, looking after the Church itself as a building.

Along with the clergy, churchwardens share the administration of the Parish and the care of the Church buildings.


johnderbyshireJohn Derbyshire
Deputy Churchwarden
email John Derbyshire

I recently retired from a local engineering company and look forward to committing myself to any and all tasks regarding my position within St John’s Church, Bridgetown.


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    with her words as I lost my darling husband 3 years ago and miss
    him so much but her words did help me

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