Rev Chris Pritchard · Circuit Superintendent · 01606 44613

Davenham · Hartford · Weaverham · Castle · Moulton

I originate from Alsager on the Cheshire/Staffordshire border and I went to school in Crewe. My family have always belonged to the Methodist Church and I grew up at Wesley Place in Alsager. The Junior Church, young people’s fellowship and church youth club had a very great deal of influence on my growth to adulthood and to a mature Christian faith.

I moved away from Alsager when I was 18 and lived for a number of years in Sheffield while I studied for a Civil Engineering degree and then worked for Rotherham Council. It was during this time that I found some like minded Christian students who remain good friends to this day. With them I was able to explore the faith and think about what God had in store for the rest of my life.

God called me to become a Presbyterial Minister and so in 1995 I followed the call and I trained for the ministry at Hartley Victoria College in Manchester. On leaving college I served in the Rhyl & Prestatyn Circuit for six years and then spent eight years in the Wrexham Circuit before moving to the Northwich and Winsford Circuit in the summer of 2012. I have developed some very strong links with the Methodist children’s charity Action for Children over the years and hope to continue to fundraise for the charity here.

I have a wife Ruth, who I met while I was in Rhyl, and two grown up children, John and Becki. When I am not working I try and split my time between my family and my two hobbies. I have had a season ticket for Stoke City FC since the start of the 1975 season and I am also a keen birdwatcher and on my day off I am often found on the north Wales coast searching for birds.
Rev Tim Simms · Tel 01606 301588

Acton Bridge · Bartington · Comberbach · Cuddington · Sandiway · Barnton

I was born and brought up in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, where I have regularly attended church all of my life.

My Christian journey began at the age of seventeen this was a significant experience marking the beginning of my journey with Jesus. Two years later I began to preach and went to Cliff College.

My experiences with Cliff College and evangelistic missions are an important part of my faith journey. Inspired by my time at Cliff College and excited by the work of Rob Frost it has been my ongoing desire to see God’s church strengthened and encouraged in mission, making disciples for Jesus Christ.

I met my wife Pauline through a motorcycle club (not the outcome either of us expected from riding motorbikes). With grey hair, a sense of adventure, and four offspring between us, we married in July 2011.

Throughout my life I can see times in which God has been very evident and I have been aware of God’s leading and calling in my life. Pauline too can share the same experience of God’s hand gently leading and protecting her. We do not deny that our journeys have, at some points, been less than smooth. We cannot say that we have always been faithful to God, or found it easy to follow his son Jesus, but we do know that it is through God’s grace, shown to us in Jesus Christ, that we have been able to continue our journey together, with Him.

My deepest prayer is that through the working of the Holy Spirit we might all grow in faith and holiness; not for our own gratification but that we might be salt and light in the world, empowered by God’s Spirit to share the love of Jesus with all whom we meet. I look forward to journeying with you over the next few years as I serve God in the Mid Cheshire Circuit through the life of the churches in Acton Bridge, Bartington, Comberbach, Cuddington and Sandiway.
Rev James Patron Bell · Tel 01606 558148

Little Budworth · Lostock Green · Pickmere · Saint Andrew’s Winsford · Trinity Winsford · Chester Road · Weaver · Shurlach

I was brought up in north west Wales near Pwllheli, where I was part of the local Scout group, and enjoyed geography and history at school. At 18 I moved to Aberystwyth to study for a BSc in Geography. Then after a gap year did a master’s degree in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing, including doing work on archaeological sites in Crete for my dissertation. While in Aberystwyth I met Joanna through student group at Saint Paul’s Methodist Church. After we finished our studies we got married and moved to Middlesbrough where I began work as a Crime Analyst for the local Community Safety Partnership.

While in Middlesbrough I completed my time as a Local Preacher on Trial and then candidated and was accepted for training as a Methodist Presbyter. I did my two years of initial training at The Queen’s Foundation Birmingham. Then I took up my first appointment being stationed to both the Ceredigion and Cymru circuits. Where I had care of a number of different congregations in both the English and Welsh language work.

Between time with family, and time spent in active work, I enjoy study and reading including an interest in the development of Methodist practice over time. Along with this I’m still active with Scouting.
Deacon Shirley Hassall · 01606 46919

On hearing my accent, the first question I get asked is, “Where are you from?” I have lived in Britain for 30 years and originate from Phoenix, Arizona, USA. I came from the oven to the freezer! However, recent weather as it has been over the past few years, I’m not sure this is the freezer any more!

Before training for ministry, I was a outreach worker working with toddler groups, Messy Church, holiday club, Sunday school and developed initiatives for the church to reach out to the surrounding community.

As a Deacon, I belong to the Methodist Diaconal Order which is a religious order focused by a Rule of Life. By following a rhythm of daily prayer, self-reflection, scripture reading and listening to God I draw strength and balance in life.

I enjoy sitting in the back garden, listening to nature while drawing, painting or listening to music. I also enjoy going to museums, watching movies, and doing anything creative!

I look forward to what God has planned for us in the circuit and the churches I will be working alongside.