Rev Chris Pritchard · Circuit Superintendent · 01606 44613

Davenham · Hartford · Weaverham

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 Dr Peter Levitt · South Section · Tel 07565 485119

Barnton · Moulton · Shurlach · Castle · Chester Road · Weaver

I have both Methodist and Anglican ‘roots’, though I never went to Sunday School because my parents ‘fell out’ with the Methodists in Pontefract, west Yorkshire, when we moved there in the early 60’s.

It was in my early teens that we ‘gave the Methodists another go’ when a new church opened in the neighbouring town of Castleford. The local Scout leader, who was also a Local Preacher, influenced by growth in the Christian faith, along with reading CS Lewis and finding he made ‘a lot of sense’.

I have been fascinated by science, physics in particular, for as long as I can remember, and studied applied physics and electronics at Durham University followed by researching for a PhD in Cambridge. It was during the final year of research that I was ‘nudged’ in the direction of Methodist ministry by a wonderful minister, John Dover, and was accepted to train at Wesley House in Cambridge.

Having been a student for so many years I asked for an opportunity to ‘do something different’ and was sent to Coventry as assistant minister at the Central Hall! I met my wife Sue there and we lived in college for two years before being stationed in the Whitehaven circuit in 1982. Our two boys, David and Stephen, were born in west Cumbria, and Katy was born in Telford, when I was in my second appointment, which was an ecumenical appointment as Town Centre Chaplain.

Throughout my ministry I have kept an interest in the relationship between faith and science, joining the Society of Ordained Scientists in 1989. This is my fifth appointment, having served in Chester and then as Superintendent of the South Wirral circuit. There is never a dull moment in circuit ministry and I am most grateful for the opportunity to serve in the Northwich & Winsford circuit.
Deacon Rachel Thomas-Prasad · Tel 01606 40229

As a Deacon I feel called to servant ministry and prayer, working primarily to build bridges between church and community. Being part of the Methodist Diaconal order means that I am called to be part of a religious order alongside my calling to be an ordained minister. Within this a religious order I follow a rule of life and a commitment to support fellow members of the order both practically and in prayer.

I am married to Nagendra and we have 2 children, Arun and Hannah. I am from North wales originally. I spent 13 years living in Durham, where I trained and worked as a primary school teacher prior to following my calling to the ministry, when I completed pre-ordination training in Durham at the Wesley Study Centre.

Within Mid-Cheshire circuit I work primarily with children and families. One focus of my work has been the setting up and development of Messy Church. This takes place once a month at Trinity Methodist Church on the second Saturday of the month, 4-6pm. I have also worked alongside Junior Church teachers to develop and adapt Messy Church in both Davenham, ‘Messy Go Fish’ on the first Sunday of the month and at Lostock Green, ‘Mini Church’ on the third Sunday of the Month. All of these groups serve to bring children and their parents and grandparents to know God in a new ‘hands on’ way.

I also have a large involvement in a number of parent and toddler groups, developing links, supporting families pastorally. A number of baptism have come from these links being made so we can begin to make stronger links with the church. From this we are beginning to see how God can make a difference to their lives.

By running 2 toddler groups weekly, during term time, at Hartford Methodist church hall (Friday 10-11.30am) and Lostock Green Methodist Church (Wednesday 10-12am) it has been a great joy to see how they have developed and how they are truly valued by those who attend.

I regularly attend local Primary schools, to work within classrooms, assisting in implementing the Religious Education curriculum, lead assemblies and being able to have the time to talk to the children when they have problems or upset in any way or simply just need someone to talk to.

A more recent addition to my work has been the development of the ‘Outreach Centre’ in Northwich. I, along with volunteers, run a coffee morning each Monday, 10.30am-12pm This gives people an opportunity simply to drop in for a chat. (If they have children toys and crafts are available.)

Also at the ‘Outreach centre’, our youth worker and I have begun Film nights, where we welcome all to watch a film, eat pizza, hot dogs, popcorn and sweets, which has proved to be a fun time for all who attend.
Rev Tim Simms · Tel 01606 301588

Acton Bridge · Bartington · Comberbach · Cuddington · Sandiway

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

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.