Church of England Diocese of Manchester St. John the Baptist, Roughtown

Meet our clergy

Fr David (the Vicar) was born into a clergy family in the Midlands. He read History at the University of Leicester and worked at Leicester and St Albans Cathedrals while discerning his calling to the priesthood. Following 6 years working for a railway company, first in customer relations and then as a driver operations manager, he trained for ministry at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield and the University of Sheffield, and served a curacy in the St Albans Diocese. He became the first Vicar of Mossley (with responsibility for the whole town, including St George's Church and St John the Baptist) in September 2016.

Fr David is a Companion of the Community of the Resurrection, a member of the Society of Catholic Priests (and since October 2018 the northern provincial representative on the SCP Provincial Council) and Chaplain to TS Quantock (Tameside Sea Cadets), a member of the Mossley Town Teama member of the Manchester Diocesan Synod and, with other members of the parish community, is a Governor at each of our three schools. In September 2018 he became engaged to the Revd Penny King, and they plan to marry in early 2019.

Fr Ian (Associate Priest) joined the parish in November 2018 and works on Sundays, and Tuesday-Thursday each week.He grew up in Stretford, and has lived in and around Manchester for all his life, except for five years at the University of Nottingham, where he read medicine. After qualifying as a doctor he worked in the NHS for 31 years, ultimately in anaesthesia. He moved with his family to Oldham in 1997, and worked as a consultant anaesthetist at the Royal Oldham Hospital for 19 years.

Ian trained for ordination with All Saints Centre for Mission and Ministry and was ordained deacon in 2015 and priest in 2016. He served his curacy in Oldham, at Holy Trinity, Coldhurst and Saint Stephen and All Martyrs, Lower Moor. Ian is married to Liz, and they have two grown-up sons, Andrew and Peter.

(Photo left to right: Mayor's Consort, Mayoress, Fr David, the Bishop of Middleton, the Mayor of Mossley, Fr Ian)