I was born and raised in Staffordshire, but now consider Nottinghamshire to be my adopted home after coming here as a student 20 years ago. After training for ordination at The Queen's Foundation in Birmingham, I served my curacy in Ollerton with Boughton before taking moving to Mansfield in 2013 to serve as vicar of St Augustine and Pleasley Hill St Barnabas.
I was licensed as vicar of St Peter & St Paul's with St Mark's in September 2019.
I'm married to Matt, a headteacher, and have three young daughters. In my spare time I enjoy art, baking and Indian food.
Fr James trained for the priesthood at Ripon College Cuddesdon near Oxford and was ordained in Birmingham Cathedral in 1993. He served two curacies in the Birmingham Diocese. He was appointed Team Vicar in Jarrow in the Diocese of Durham, Rector of three rural churches in Aberdeenshire for seven and a half years and for the last four years Priest-in-Charge of two churches near Huddersfield.
Fr James is married to Alice who is a Methodist Local Preacher.
Pippa studied mathematics, obtaining a degree in Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Nottingham, and spent two years working as a Biomedical Statistician within the pharmaceutical industry. She then completed two years as an intern in Lenton, ministering in both Lenton parish and as a Lay Chaplain at the University of Nottingham, before answering God’s call to ordination. This is Pippa’s first post since completing her ordination training at Cranmer Hall, Durham in June 2020.
A keen musician, Pippa has sung in church choirs since childhood and enjoys playing the flute in her spare time.
Brian Gaunt (Emeritus)