Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Mary Temple Balsall

Ministry Team

Vicar of St Mary's and Master of the Foundation

The Rev'd Kathy Lloyd Roberts

Kathy first visited Temple Balsall on a church outing with her future husband, Alwyn, when they were childhood sweet­hearts at the age of 14. She qualified as a primary school teacher before moving to further education, finally becoming Manager of Student Welfare and Student Finance at City College Birmingham and responsible for Child Protection and Vulnerable Adults. She retired from this post in 2008.

She trained to become a priest as a part-time student at the Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham while continuing her work in further education. In 2004 she took up a placement at St. Mary’s and after being ordained in 2006 was appointed curate here.

Kathy has three grown-up children – Felicity, Emily and Benjamin – who have been her great support since her husband, Alwyn, died suddenly in November 2008. She also has a grandson, Archie.


Honorary Assistant Priest

The Rev'd Professor Leslie Houlden

Leslie Houlden, now long retired, was Curate at St Mary's Hunslet, Leeds; Chaplain Fellow of Trinity College Oxford; Principal and Vicar of Cuddesdon; Lecturer, then Professor of Theology at King's College London.

He is the author of many books chiefly on New Testament and doctrinal subjects, including The Strange Story of the Gospels(SPCK, 2002). He has edited Jesus in history, Culture and Thought, 2 vols, an Encyclopaedia published in 2003 by ABC-CLIO.



Sue Dilworth

Sue Dilworth grew up in Romford, Essex. Following senior school in Bow, in the East End of London, she came to Aston University in Birmingham to study Systems Analysis, where she met her husband John. They both found employment in the Computing Departments of midland’s based industrial companies and have lived in and around north-east Birmingham since marrying in 1972.

In 1997 they moved to Fen End, in the Temple Balsall Parish when Sue found employment in the IT department at AGCO, whose connection locally was the ownership of Massey Ferguson tractors factory in Coventry. John & Sue started attending St Mary’s in 1998. From 1999 until April 2003 Sue was Churchwarden. In September 2007 she was accepted to train as a Reader and was licensed as a Reader in January 2009. Sue assists and preaches at Sunday worship.

She retired in 2014 since when she has become more widely involved in weekday life of the Foundation of Lady Katherine Leveson, including volunteering at, and joining the governing body of Lady Katherine Leveson Church of England Primary School. John, who at the time was Churchwarden, sadly died in January 2014.


Denis Plater

From parents onwards a lifelong Christian, member of a number of parishes as his corporate management career in sales, marketing, HR and training developed, taking him and his family to different places, each time finding somewhere to worship, sing and enjoy church life. Time best spent in the fun of engaging with people of all ages and in all ways. Involved with a number of Christian charities and organisations. Sharing friendships in the love of music, travel, family and cricket. Married to Christina for 45 years with three daughters and three grandchildren.    

Happy in the St Mary's Temple Balsall community, the Court and throughout the Parish, privileged to serve as a Licensed Lay Minister since January 2016. I look forward to my ministry growing in this seam of enjoyment in the love of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Priest With Permission to Officiate

Revd. Peter Boyden

Peter and his wife Jennifer came to Knowle in 2016 in what they sometimes call their second phase of retirement, moving from Derbyshire where they had enjoyed the freedom of walking in the Peak District, and they quickly found a warm welcome here at Temple Balsall.

After studying in London and Cambridge Peter was ordained in Ely Cathedral and worked in parishes in Cambridge and Wimbledon. He then changed direction and worked for most of his ministry as a school chaplain, first in Canterbury and then at Radley, near Oxford.

Jennifer and Peter have recently celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary, and with four grown-up children they now often find themselves away from home, looking after some of their seven grandchildren and trying to keep up with the energy and enthusiasm of the youngsters.