Revd Christopher Hewitt, Rector - The Benefice of the Walesby Group
Originally from farming stock in the Cheshire countryside, upon leaving school I served in the RAF as an engineer, working with air navigation and communications systems in the UK and overseas. Post-RAF I studied for a BEng degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, subsequently joining what was then European Gas Turbines (now Siemens) in Lincoln as a design engineer. In 2004 I retrained as a secondary mathematics teacher, eventually becoming head of faculty in two Lincolnshire secondary schools.
Prior to ordination I trained at the Lincoln School of Theology, and I was licensed as a Reader in 2010 and ordained in 2015. I have been serving as the Assistant Curate in South Lawres and Barlings, a group of eight churches on the outskirts of Lincoln. One of the highlights of this time was the organisation and leadership of our deanery-wide prayer walk, which included 28 places of worship and involved around 150 people as part of the Thy Kingdom Come ‘global wave of prayer’ in 2017.
I have served on Diocesan Synod during the last triennium and have recently been co-opted to serve on the Lincoln Diocesan Trust and Board of Finance. I am also a member of the Interim Leadership Board of William Lovell CofE Academy. I completed a BA in Theology and Ministry Studies in 2014 through the Lincoln School of Theology and The University of Lincoln, and I am currently in the final stages of an MA in Theology and Religious Studies through Bishop Grosseteste University.
Rural ministry is close to my heart. I believe it is through close relationships with people in their day-to-day lives that we can reconnect and build God’s Kingdom in places of such outstanding beauty. I am married to Chrissie, a nurse practitioner, who works in a nearby market town, and I have three adult daughters, a fiveyear-old son and a Springer Spaniel called Chester. We are very much looking forward to the opportunity to live among and work with the people of the Walesby Group.
Revd Elaine Turner, Associate Priest
Elaine is an OLM (Ordained Local Minister) which is a non-stipendiary role, she was ordained in 2004 having served previously as a Reader in the Group since 1994. Elaine is a retired Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer and is married with 2 daughters. She is particularly involved with developing pastoral visiting within the Walesby Group and has just successfully completed an MA in pastoral theology through the Cambridge Theological Federation
Reverend Leslie Giller, Retired URC Minister
Having trained as a tailor in Savile Row, Leslie was ordained into the baptist church ministry in 1966. He ministered in Coventry from 1978-1993 during which time he also taught RE & maths. In 1993 having been accepted by transfer to the URC, he became minister Bedworth & Nuneaton United Reformed Churches. He retired in 2005 and is, with the permission of the Bishop, able to assist with services in the Walesby Group as a Lay MInister.
Clarissa Turner, Lay Reader