The Reverend Paul McLeod, BTh
I was born in 1966 in Windermere and spent the first 18 months of my life in a Church of England Children’s Society Orphanage in Darlington. Adopted by Bill and Chris McLeod living with them and their son, Andrew. Life then was in Newcastle upon Tyne, in a housing estate called Regent Farm Estate, near Gosforth. Local church, a church plant from All Saints Church, Gosforth dedicated to St Hugh of Lincoln. Over the years I was an Altar Boy, member of Youth Club, attendee at Youth Events in the Diocese, a Server, PCC Member, Deanery Synod Member, Churchwarden. Whilst retaining membership and commitment to this home church, also experimented by attending other churches in Newcastle: The Methodists in Gosforth, the Youth For Christ worship in Newcastle, Baptist Church, and URC [through friends]. Education was in the 3 tier system of First School [Regent Farm], Middle School [Gosforth West] and High School [Gosforth High] then on to Newcastle College of Further Education for A levels. Employment was varied, delivering sandwiches for a local Café, window cleaning, working as a Cleaner in Newcastle’s Markets and then for Newcastle City Council, Housing Department to administer the Housing Benefit System and Council Tax Benefit’s. Through this I qualified to the level of Technician and so became a member of the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation. Always exploring Vocation, with a primary calling to the Priesthood of the Church of England, though also at a time to the life of a Religious, as a Friar in the Society of St Francis. Eventually, or so it seemed, after over 10 years of conversations, I was selected for training towards Ordination. Training was to be at Ripon College Cuddesdon [RCC], Oxford. I completed this course, obtaining the Oxford Degree of Batchelor of Theology. It was at RCC that I met my wife, The Revd Sue Faulkner. [We were married in Morpeth in 1999] In 1998 I was made a Deacon in the Church of England to service as Curate in the parish of Morpeth, the County Town of Northumberland. In 1999 I was Ordained Priest. After 4 years in Morpeth, I moved to become Vicar of Newbiggin Hall, a parish on the western edge of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne. In 2010 there was an advert for two jobs in the Church Times, one for the Knightly Group and the other for the Whittlewood Benefice. Sue and I applied for these and so it was that we both moved from Newcastle to Northamptonshire. The rest, as they say, is history. I serve here as Rector of the 5 parishes in the Benefice, I offer time and ministry to Silverstone Circuit and The British Racing Drivers Club as Chaplain and am also the Rural Dean of Towcester. In 2019 Sue changed jobs, moving into Northampton Town as Vicar of St Mary’s, Dallington and St James’ Northampton [Jimmy’s End].
Clare Ray - Lay Reader
Lesley Dale - Trainee Lay Reader
I was born in 1977 in Barnstaple. My family then moved to Preston before travelling back south to Wellington. I went on to study Educational Studies and Geography at Cambridge University. After gaining my Batchelor of Arts and later my Master of Art degrees, I went on to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. This started my teaching career and I have never looked back. I am currently an Assistant Headteacher at a large comprehensive school in Milton Keynes. I currently live in Paulerspury and have been worshipping at St James the Great ever since I arrived. I am a member of our PCC, a Churchwarden and I am the Benefice Safeguarding Officer. I started training to be a Reader in 2019.