Meet the Team

Nick Davies is Team Rector of the South Cheltenham team.  He has been based at Pip and Jim’s since 2012. He studied Biblical Studies at Sheffield University and Systematic Theology at Edinburgh University. For seventeen years Nick worked in communications and fundraising in the voluntary sector, including Save the Children, Christian Aid and the Shaftesbury Society. Nick is an elected member of Gloucester Diocesan Synod, has previously served as Area Dean and as a member of Diocesan Advisory Committee on reordering. Nick is married to Helen, has two children and a Springer Spaniel. When not working Nick enjoys cider making well and playing the Ukulele badly!

Gary Grady has been the Team Vicar at St. Peter’s Leckhampton and The Church in Warden Hill since 2016. He is also Area Dean for Cheltenham and the Diocesan Link Officer for the Diocese of Dornakal in South India. Gary trained for ministry at the West of England Ministerial Training Centre at Redcliffe College in Gloucester. Before that he worked for BT for 19 years in a variety of roles, leading the national training design team before leaving to retrain. He is married to Maggie, who is the Director of Music Therapy at Mindsong, and has two children, Erin and Rob, who in their 20s. When not working, Gary likes walking, watching sport and going to ‘gigs’.

Jacqueline Henson was brought up in Devon on the edge of Dartmoor and attended Tavistock College. After graduating in 1998 from the University of Wales, Bangor with a degree in Criminology (2:1), I joined the Police, where I completed 21 years of service in a variety of roles, mostly as a Detective in Investigation Departments. David and I married in 2009 and we have two daughters, Eleanor, aged 9 and Martha, aged 6.

Whilst continuing to work at Cirencester Police Station, I studied for a Diploma in Higher Education in Theology and Mission at Cuddesdon: Gloucester and Hereford.  I am now really looking forward to serving the parishes of St. Peter’s and The Church In Warden Hill and immersing myself into a new parish and local community.

John Horan: Following his ordination as deacon in 1998, and then as priest in 1999, John served as Non Stipendiary (now known as Self Supporting) curate at Pip and Jim’s, combining this with his career as a police officer. He retired from the Gloucestershire Constabulary in 2001, becoming chaplain to the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, serving at three in-patient psychiatric hospitals in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, retiring in 2014. John and his wife, Christina, have two sons and three grand-children. He enjoys his sport, keeping fit and, when the opportunity arises, getting onto the ski slopes.

Dereck Freeman is a Licensed Reader in the South Cheltenham team, based at St Peter’s. He is Sub Warden of Readers for the Cheltenham Deanery. Following a career as a Chartered Engineer in the aerospace and defence industries, Dereck trained in Theology at The West of England Ministerial Centre (WEMTC) at Redcliffe College in Gloucester. Dereck has one married daughter and two grandchildren who keep him busy when he is not involved in his other interests, which include membership of various clubs and societies, classic motorcycles and cars, and trying to keep fit!

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