Reverend Dave Willis
Dave and Sarah-jane came to Midhurst in November 2013 from Crawley where Dave had served his curacy. They have two children, Poppy and Jacob and a springer spaniel named Luna. Dave trained for ministry at Rippon College Cuddesdon and was ordained in 2010.
Dave has spent most of his life in Sussex, growing up in Middleton-on-sea and going to secondary school in Chichester. When he left school, Dave spent a gap-year working for the Youth and Children’s department of the Diocese of Chichester and later on was employed as a full-time youth worker at St Andrew’s Burgess Hill. Dave still enjoys youth work and particularly leading the parish youth group (ignite) as well as Messy Church and spending time in school.
Dave and his family love living in Midhurst and getting out for walks in the countryside with Luna.
Mrs Jenny Dennett has been a Churchwarden since April 2014. Her additional responsibilities include Pastoral Co-ordinator, Chair of Finance, Fabric and Fundraising Team and helping with Children’s Work. Her working life was in education. For relaxation interests include handbell ringing and learning to play the ukulele!
A chartered marine engineer by profession, about 14 years prior to retirement Dave changed career and worked in both youth and disability charities. He was also involved in partnership work to enhance equalities and improve community planning with the public, private and charity sectors. Dave is currently leading a team of PCC members with the aim of raising sufficient funds to employ a full-time youth and children’s worker. He remains involved in the charity sector as a volunteer, and enjoys spending spare time with his growing family (3 adult sons and 3 grandchildren) and garden.
Administrator – Sandy Ryrie and her colleague Margaret Langridge are responsible for the Parish Office, which is often the first point of contact for the Church here in Midhurst.