About Us

The Rev'd Vivienne Starkie

Our Team Associate Minister and Safeguarding and Inclusion Lead

01889 - 271046

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I was ordained as deacon in 2017 and appointed as Curate here. I have been ordained as priest in July 2018. I married Ian, and have two grown up daughters and two grandsons. I never imagined when I was 33 that I would be ordained as a minister when I was 63. I was then a Prosecuting Solicitor with the Crown Prosecution Service with two small children. I only began teaching Sunday School to avoid the embarrassment of chasing around church after a toddler!

As the years passed, I increasingly felt I should be doing more. Out of the blue, I decided to take early retirement. Still reeling from this unexpected change of direction, I suddenly realised that God was calling me to ministry and that my professional skills in advocacy, my passion for justice, my concerns for victims of hate crime and domestic violence, were all just preparation for a vocation in ministry. I still resisted: I was just not 'holy' enough!

I decided to take a Pathways Course and finally accepted that God was calling me to ministry. I feel very fortunate to be appointed as a curate in the MId-Trent Benefice, a rural team of 10 churches. Each church is unique with a wide range of services from Book of Common Prayer to café-style. Ever since I embraced my vocation, I've felt a bubble of joy within me.

The Rev'd Danny Payne - our Team Curate

07475 - 005055

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Rev'd Danny Payne joined us in October 2023 as "Curate on Placement" from St. Mary’s and St. Chad’s churches in Stafford, and is serving as "locum" minister during the vacancy for a rector. Having trained for ordination at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, he is currently working to complete his MA in Biblical Interpretation with the University of Wales Trinity St David; his particular focus is on John’s Gospel. Danny is a member of Inclusive Church and the Society of Catholic Priests (SCP).

Before training for ordination, Danny worked as a primary school teacher in Evesham, having been Head of Design, Media and Reprographics for The King’s School in his hometown of Worcester for several years. Danny’s interests include Star Trek, model railways and musical theatre. He lives with his civil partner Malcolm, who is training as a Reader, and their Scottish Terrier, Wilfy.

Danny is currently living in the curate’s house in Stone, so unfortunately he is not always available in the parishes. Please do get in touch, preferably by e-mail, if you would like to meet with him. Alternatively, he is usually available after Morning Prayer at St. Andrew’s Church, Weston, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9-00 am. His usual non-working day is Thursday, with study leave on Fridays.

Mr. Andy Cooper- our Team Lay Reader / Minister

At my age (mid 60's) - it is something of a novelty being the new kid on the block! But that is not to say I am new in the faith - and like everyone who loves the Lord I know I am on a journey and part of God's plan. My family was by tradition Methodist - but by no means active. My brother and I were parceled off to Sunday School - probably to give Mum and Dad a break, and I guess that was where the seeds of the Christian faith were planted in me.

Through a friend in my secondary school years, I joined the Boys' Brigade where I progressed through the ranks to leader/officer. When the BB Company (which was unusually associated with the local Anglian church rather than the more typical Baptist church) folded, I joined the church's youth group where my faith really became challenged and stretched. However it was when working on a programme called Evangelism Explosion that I was confronted with the simple truth that my salvation was through the grace of God and not by my efforts. I had spent a long time in the church and in Christian youth work - yet only at that point coming to a real faith in Christ!

Over the following years I have lived in Burton and Derby, moving down to Handsacre and then Great Haywood in 2005.
A lot has happened along the way - often not noticed at the time - but looking back…… well that's a different matter. Life is like an ocean voyage - sometimes calm and blissful - often stormy and dangerous. It is only looking back that I see the people and events that God has used in His plan to bring me to where I am now. In spite of my own failings, I can also see that the one ever present thread through my life is the love of God
Meanwhile, I'm still in full time work as an engineer in the food & drink industry, dreaming of retirement!! In my "spare" time, I'm involved in local politics and I'm a member of Stafford Morris Men. When I get the chance, I like to get away in our motorhome with our rescue collie cross.

Church Warden:  Mrs. Janet Stubbs: [email protected]

Deputy Warden:  Mrs. Chris Crookes:  [email protected]

P.C.C. Secretary:  Mrs. Margaret Walls:  [email protected]

Compass: Mrs. Margaret Walls: [email protected]

                                                                       Administrators In Our Mid-Trent Team

Team Lay Chair:  Mr. Stuart Hodson: [email protected]         01889 - 505414

Team Minute Secretary:  Mrs. Shirley Hayes: <[email protected]>

Christenings (Baptism):  Rev'd Vivienne Starkie:  [email protected]

Weddings:  Mrs. Elizabeth Jarrett:  [email protected]

Funerals:  Mrs. Janet Stubbs:  [email protected]

Compass Magazine Editor:  Rev'd Duncan Leake:  [email protected]