Meet the Team
We are blessed to have a brilliant team of both ordained and lay leaders at St Barnabas, supported by an equally fantastic group of volunteers. There are more people to meet so watch this space!
Rev Sarah Todd
Vicar of St Barnabas & Priest-in-Charge of St Katharine's Matson
I was born in Churchdown and considers myself a Gloucestershire girl through and through. I am married to Ian and have four children and a small dog. Before ordination, I was a musician and then trained for ministry at the Queens Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education. I am especially interested in exploring ways that all ages can be church together, helping others explore God’s call, liturgy and digital worship, evangelism and mission. I enjoy long walks, playing the piano, researching family and local history, coffee with friends and exploring new places and ideas!
Rev Michael Bennett
"Having been ordained as Deacon in 1967 and Priest in 1968, I served in County Durham, Salisbury, Hereford, Leicester and Wales. I came to Gloucester in 2009 beginning my time at St Barnabas in 2012. I married my wife Sheila in 1967 and we have 3 sons and 4 grandchildren. My hobbies are model railway, collecting stamps and I have a large collection of railway and naval books!"
A Church Warden is an "elected lay official" of the church. This means that they get voted in by the church every year and represent all of the people who aren't ordained. They have an important role in getting everything done that needs to for the church to run smoothly. There isn't really any area that the church wardens don't help support!
"I am a widow, I have a wonderful son and daughter & three amazing grandchildren.I love walking on Robinswood Hill & do three exercise classes a week. I speak French & taught at St. Peter's High School for 26 years. I enjoy my Churchwarden role because of the wonderful fellowship at St.Barnabas!".
When not being a church warden, I wear several hats! Professionally - floral designer, florist, lecturer, folklorist and part time wedding celebrant and registrar. Off duty - loving flowers, trees, folklore and gardening!
Loving wife, incredibly proud mother of two and besotted grandmother. Love my church family both near and far because God first loved me. I enjoy gardening on our allotment, would love to get back to watercolour and pastel painting and of course love reading mostly about God who can be in unexpected places.
Christian, Husband, Father, Grandfather, part time Lecturer, consultant, Chartered Engineer, Cyclist, Speed Hill Climber and classic car owner.
I am a Director of a small Construction company with two daughters Meghann 25 and Georgia 22. I am engaged to Caroline who I met when working together as part of a team on a church trip in Romania. I enjoy adventure, Kenya being a favourite so far and love walking, especially mountains with many visits to the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains each year.
I was a biology academic and researcher for many years before retiring to expand my education business. I am a follower of Jesus with a particular passion for prayer ministry, eco-church and working in the community. I am married to Sarah and have lived in Gloucestershire for many years, enjoying the rich countryside and wildlife of our region. I am also a fan of Sci Fi films which often explore big issues of life and faith in interesting ways.
Children and Families Lead
I’ve been a Christian for as long as I can remember! Joining the St Barnabas family has helped my faith to grow and I have felt God calling me to work with children and families for the past few years. I love supporting our marvellous team and look forward to all that lies ahead. I am mum to 3 wonderful children, wife to a very patient husband,a bank officer, cross stitcher, crocheter – plus more I am sure!
I originally trained in music at Exeter University, worked in Arts Administration and as a part-time singer in London for a number of years. Following a faith renewal, I studied Theology at the University of Otago in New Zealand as a mature student followed by an MTh in Applied Theology at Oxford University through Ripon College Cuddesdon. I’ve been involved in lay ministry at St Barnabas since 2009 and was licensed as a Reader in 2016. I am enthusiastic about all aspects of mission, pastoral and teaching ministry at St Barnabas. My passion is for enabling people to meet with Jesus and grow in their relationship with him through studying the Bible with others has led me to small group ministry at St Barnabas. I am a funeral minister, lead worship and preach. I am married to Ian and love coffee, long walks, and allotment gardening.
Our Pastoral Lead makes sure that in everything we do in our ministry, we are supporting and safeguarding one another, keeping everyone safe.
Parish Safeguarding Officer and Pastoral Assistant
Chances are if you have ever contacted St Barnabas, you will have come across Marge or Ellie. Our administrator makes sure that all of the important paperwork is processed and handles all of the bookings and requests that come through to us. Our Comms Team are working on developing our online ministry.
"I love baking (there are often Gluten Free cookies in the office!) going to the gym, jogging and history - especially local history. When I'm not busy doing these or working I love going for walks or watching TV shows from around the world with my husband."
Professionally, I work in the NHS as an Education Mental Health Practitioner. I am passionate about "togetherness" and finding creative ways of connecting people and communities. I think this is what I love about Comms! I love sunshine, chocolate and binge watching TV shows and I'm trying to become a knitter to mixed success!