Rev Dave Willis – Vicar
Dave and Sarah-jane came to Midhurst in November 2013 from Crawley where Dave served his curacy. They have two children, Poppy and Jacob and a mad springer spaniel called 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 and his family love living in Midhurst and getting out for walks in the South Downs with Luna.
Beth Pinder – Youth and Children’s Minister
Beth came to Midhurst with her husband Chris in 2019 to be our first ever Youth and Children’s Minister. Beth has moved around a lot but spent most of her childhood growing up around the Guildford and Surrey area. In 2018 she graduated with a degree in Youth Work and Theology from Oasis college, London. Whilst studying for her degree, Beth spent three years as a student youth worker for a Church in Luton.
Beth loves working alongside young people and has experience working with young people in Churches, schools, youth cafes and parks. Beth says “I have a real passion to see young people thrive in life and to share with them about Gods love for them.”
In April 2019 Beth got married and in her spare time she enjoys going for long walks with her husband and binge watching TV shows.
Rev Jane Roberts – Assistant Curate
Jane moved to Midhurst two years ago, and was licensed as assistant curate in October 2019, having previously been a priest in the Diocese of Southwark. She was ordained in 2001, having studied, on a part time basis, at SEITE – the South East Institute for Theological Education. Jane is married to Martin, and they have two daughters, and four grandchildren. They love living in Midhurst, and consider themselves very fortunate to move to somewhere in the South Downs National park. Jane enjoys swimming and walking, and attempting to relearn playing the piano ……… and her grandchildren would probably say she really enjoys tea and cake!
Gerry Randall – Churchwarden
After a career in business, finance and administration in the USA, South America, Europe and the UK, Gerry and his wife Ligia, a linguistics teacher, moved to Midhurst in 2007. They continue to enjoy overseas travel and the arts, especially the theatre and classical music concerts. Gardening and reading also occupy much of their time; in addition Ligia paints on porcelain and on canvas. They have two sons, William and Charles, respectively an army officer and a priest. Gerry served for several years as our Treasurer and was elected as a churchwarden in October 2020.
Barry Semark – Churchwarden
Barry is a trained designer/typographer. He ran and often initiated many London based design consultancies specialising in corporate design and branding. In the early 90s he ran the design arm of the world’s largest PR firm. Before retirement in 2015 he ran his own design consultancy business. Barry moved to Midhurst with his wife, Gillian, in 2019. They enjoy visits to The Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne and Barry is also a been Chelsea FC supporter. Barry and Gillian have two children, Erin who is a teacher and Calum who is a construction industry executive and they have two grandchildren.
Jenny Dennett – Pastoral Care Coordinator
Jenny’s role as Pastoral Care Coordinator includes arranging pastoral visits, helping to resource the visiting team, and co-leading the bereavement group. Jenny also enjoys helping with Children’s and Youth Work in the parish, and is a volunteer at Chichester Cathedral. Her working life was in education. For relaxation interests include handbell ringing and learning to play the ukulele!
Jude Gleave – Parish Administrator
Jude is originally from Cheshire and has led an interesting if somewhat transient working life during the last 25years, requiring house moves around various parts of the UK.
Finally relocating to the south downs from Lincolnshire in summer 2013, to be near to her son and young family in Haslemere, whilst continuing to work as a Senior HR Manager in Cambridge. Subsequently moving to Midhurst in 2014 and retiring from full time work. Jude enjoys being part of the church community and living in the south downs.
Jude has a lifelong love of walking, particularly high on the local downs and coastal paths. Other interests include gardening, watching motor sport, reading, visiting national trust properties, meeting up with friends and most importantly spending time with her two Granddaughters.