Church of England Diocese of Manchester Birkle

A bit about Gordon


I was born in Dartford, Kent, the same place as Mick Jagger, though I think it's the only thing we have in common. I went to Birmingham University, where I met Ann, both of us studying History. I taught for thirteen years, was very happy living in a large village in Kent called Paddock Wood, where two of our daughters were born, and where I was very involved in the local church. It was a great place to be for us, open and welcoming and gave me a model of what a church should be. We moved to Nottingham for me to train as a Vicar - two good years, during which our third child was born and where I read some great books and played a lot with my kids.

We moved to Didsbury, in Manchester, so I could be a curate, then onto Middleton, where we lived for fourteen years. We were very lucky in both places, and were very happy.

Our girls are grown up, two in Bristol, one living in the centre of Manchester, hoping to marry a millionaire. We look much older than we are, thanks to our daughters.

I’m based at Bury Parish Church, I have quite a lot of roles in Bury – I’m a jack of all trades, master of none. In August I became vicar of Bircle, and love the church and the local area. My job is to help people connect with God. My motto is based on St Paul's words, "We have this Gospel treasure in claypots." I'm very much a claypot, sometimes pretty cracked - but I'm banking on God being in the market for cracked pots.

Gordon Joyce