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Get to know some of the people with key roles in the Circuit

Keith Underhill

Keith Underhill is the Circuit Superintendent who also has responsibility for the Methodist Churches at Wantage, Grove and Childrey. Keith is married to Liz, and they have two grown up daughters who live in and around London. Before moving to Wantage in the summer of 2016, Keith served as the Superintendent of the Hants-Surrey Border Circuit for 10 years and before then, he was a....

Ian Griffiths

Ian Griffiths is the Circuit minister with pastoral responsibility for All Saints and Trinity. He lives in Abingdon with his....

Katherine 1

Katherine Pickering is the circuit minister with pastoral responsibility for Didcot, Milton and Wallingford. She also supervises the two Community Chaplains. Katherine and her husband Ian live in Didcot and they have two adult children based in London and Abingdon.This is Katherine's first appointment, having come to the circuit as a probationer in 2013. She was born in Wantage but....

Selina Nisbett was ordained this summer as a Deacon, but has been working in Abingdon and now also in Didcot. She lives....

Sarah

Sarah Ifill is one of the two Community Chaplains. She is a member and Worship Leader at Wallingford Methodist and currently the Senior Steward. She also works part-time as....

Libby

Libby Hawkness-Smith is one of our two Community Chaplains. She is an Anglican, trained as a Lay Pioneer through the Church Mission Society, and serves on the Mission and Pastoral Committee for Reading Deanery. She is also a part-time School Pastor in the....

Andrew Lockley

Andrew Lockley has been going to the local Methodist Church since before he can remember, growing up in the Midlands, then at Cambridge University; and since 1984, in Grove. He joined Metal Box Ltd. on leaving university and soon got a job at Wantage — although the name has changed a few times and he's now part of Crown Technology, he's still working in the same building. He is....

Mary Hancock is a member at Milton, the Circuit Property Secretary and also a....

Alan Smith

Alan Smith is originally from North-East Derbyshire but has been long in the south-east and now lives at Benson. Thanks to his mother and her family he is a cradle Methodist. He became a Local Preacher in 1981 and is a member of Wallingford Methodist Church. He became a Circuit Steward in 2015 with a particular calling to establish the Community Chaplains scheme, described elsewhere on....

Carolyn Roche

Carolyn Roche is a lifelong Methodist. In 2007 she retired from teaching and shortly afterwards relocated from Banbury to Wantage. Here she found a warm welcome at the Methodist church, and does all that she can to support the worship, work and people there. She is also taking on the role of....

Geoffrey Maunder is a member at Didcot, where he also plays the organ. He is also the....

Gill Skidmore

Gill Skidmore is the Circuit Secretary. She grew up in a Methodist family in Coventry, before going to university, where she met her husband, Gordon — through the John Wesley Society. They have two married daughters and one granddaughter. Gill is a member at Wantage and has had various roles over the years, including Church Steward, Church Council secretary, Junior Church teacher, co-founder....