The Wiltshire United Area


Induction/Welcome service for Revd. Tracey Lewis

held at Holt URC on Saturday 15th September 2018

L. to R.       

 Revd. Ruth Whitehead, (Moderator, SW URC Synod.)

Revd. Dr Jonathan Pye (Methodist Bristol District Chairman)

Revd Tracey Lewis, 

Revd. Gerald England, (URC Synod Pastoral Adviser)    

Revd. David Coppard (Methodist Area Supt,)

Revd. Brian Woodcock, Trinity-Henleaze URC



Revd Dr Jonathan H Pye MA

Bristol Methodist District Chairman

 I was born and brought up in the North West and studied theology at Durham,   Cambridge and Leeds. After training at Wesley House, Cambridge I served in a rural Circuit in the North-East, a suburban Circuit in Bristol, a City Centre Circuit in Leeds and rural/town Circuit in Cumbria as Superintendent.

 I have been a Chaplain in prisons, hospitals, schools and universities, and have lectured in departments of both theology and medicine.  I have lectured in the USA, Canada, Australia and South Korea as well as the UK.

 For twelve years, I was Principal of Wesley College, Bristol,  I was the healthcare lead at the Cardiff University Centre for Chaplaincy Studies and maintain my post as Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Ethics in Medicine /Research Associate in the School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, and have published books and articles, mostly on theology, spirituality and healthcare ethics. In 2015, I returned to the Bristol District of the Methodist Church as Chair in 2015 when I was also appointed as an Honorary Bishop of the Joongang Conference of the Korean Methodist Church.

 I have served on many national committees and working parties for the Methodist Church, including the Faith and Order Committee of the Methodist Church and was the Methodist representative on the national Doctrine and Worship Committee of the URC.

 I am married to Denise and we have two adult children, Naomi and Thomas. Once having played rugby, I now enjoy watching it and, when possible, enjoy Theatre and the the Arts.

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Revd. Ruth Whitehead, BSc, MA.

Moderator of the South Western Synod of the United Reformed Church

I was born in West Yorkshire but grew up in South Wales and have lived in many places in England since.

My first degree in Biological Sciences led to four years as a schoolteacher before training for ministry.

I served as a minister in the United Reformed Church in Woodford Green & Buckhurst Hill, Summertown in Oxford, a United URC/Methodist church in Abingdon, and then four churches in South Cambridgeshire (two of them Anglican). I became Moderator of the South Western Synod in July 2013.

 Special Areas of Interest – helping the local church to be faithful and hopeful, sharing God’s love and sharing in God’s mission; a consultancy approach to listening to problems and seeking solutions together.

 Hobbies; - walking, running, camping, music and reading.

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Revd. Gary Gotham

Area Chairman

 Tel. 01380 724264


Gary graduated from Northern College Manchester in 2000 and served 5 churches in Stockport, Cheshire for twelve years before coming to Wiltshire.

In his spare time he enjoys hazy summer days with friends, Formula One, real ale and messing about with computers.
There is a rumour he is building a kit car in his garage, but internal combustion engines will be outlawed before he ever gets round to finishing it.

(Pastoral Responsibility for:-  Devizes St. Andrews /Marston and Market Lavington)

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Revd. David Coppard

Methodist Superintendent

Tel.  01373 858805


The Wiltshire United Area are pleased to welcome the Revd David Coppard to begin his ministry with us from September 2012. David will have pastoral care for Westbury Methodist Church, Westbury United Reformed Church, Warminster Methodist Church and Steeple Ashton Methodist Church. 

 David comes to us from the Ilfracombe and Barnstaple Circuit in North Devon, previous to this he was in Bournemouth where he worked with our Superintendent David Ellis, both of whom are avid train enthusiasts.  David's other interests include long distance running, cycling and exercising Poppy, his border collie dog. 

 David originates from Somerset on leaving school at 16 with one O Level in Woodwork he was an apprentice carpenter, his first construction site being in Frome.  As a child he had felt a call to Ordination and has spent almost twenty years in Circuit Ministry.  He trained at Wesley College with Chris Cory and also studied at Cardiff University where he obtained a Master's degree. 

Pastoral Responsibility for:-Warminster, Westbury Methodist, Westbury URC and Steeple Ashton.

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Revd. Wendy Tucker  

Tel . 01249 818923


Wendy and her husband Nigel have moved to live in Calne from Swindon, where they were both born and where they brought up their two daughters who are both currently at University in Coventry and Bradford, studying Civil Engineering and Politics respectively.

Wendy has been a Methodist Local Preacher for 25 years and has had several jobs and several church roles over the years – latterly working as a child minder and as a teaching assistant with students with moderate learning difficulties at Swindon College – also voluntary College Chaplain, a Trustee of Swindon Youth for Christ and a Governor of the local infant school.

She trained part-time at the Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme in Salisbury from 2012 to 2015.

She would like to rediscover her love for reading once formal studying is less pressured and also loves to sing, spend time with her family and friends and go camping in her trailer tent, preferably on the Isle of Wight in the sunshine.

(Pastoral Responsibility for:-Calne, Corsham, Bromham and Seend)

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Revd. Heather Wilson 

Tel. 01225 702232


I was born in South Wales but as a child, the family emigrated to Canada.  Hugh and I married in 1977 and we now have four married children and nine grandchildren ranging in age from 7 months to 20 years old.  Our one son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren live in Northern Ireland and the rest of the children and grandchildren presently reside in Ontario, Canada. 

My undergraduate degree was a Bachelor of Religious Education at Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener, Ontario and then I commenced the first year of an MA course at Conrad Grebel Mennonite Theological College in Waterloo, including several courses in their Peace and Conflict Studies Programme.  My husband Hugh and I moved to Shropshire in 2006.  I trained for ministry at Queen’s College in Birmingham where I received a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Theological Studies with a dissertation project in Alzheimer’s and Spirituality, the personal experience I gained from caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s and as a chaplain at a residential care home helped to feed into this study.   

My first ministerial appointment began in 2012 with the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District in the Shropshire & Marches Circuit.  I am interested in joining in with the mission of God where He is already at work in the Wiltshire Area and encouraging the congregation in their special gifts of ministry.  I would like to continue my online studies with an emphasis on church growth.  My hobbies include, walking, reading, listening to music, travel, and recently crocheting blankets for some of the grandchildren.

Pastoral Responsibility for Melksham , Whitley, Monks Chapel and Bradford-on-Avon

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Revd Tracey Lewis

Tel. 01225 759170


I come, originally, from Cardiff in South Wales. I was a member of a united URC/Methodist Church until I applied for ministerial training and went to study in Manchester.

My first pastorate was with two United Reformed Churches in the West Midlands. I then took a career break while my children were small and enjoyed being part of a local community in Hertfordshire with other parents and studied for an M.A in applied theology and mission.

Returning to Ministry I served in a URC in Bristol for 15 years where I was involved in the rebuilding and development of the church buildings for community use, the exploration of the Bible with the congregation, arranging several pilgrimages to Iona and was Chair of the Bristol Multi Faith Forum.

I have served on the URC Mission Committee and Mission Council.

I have 2 grown up children. My interests include cooking, knitting, occasional art projects, reading and I enjoy walking and gardening.

Pastoral responsibility for Trowbridge United, Trowbridge Wesley Road and Holt URC.


Retired Supernumerary Ministers living in the Area.

Revd. Peter King


Revd. Tom MacMeekin

    Market Lavington

Revd. Mike Burrell


Revd. Jennifer Davies


Revd. Mary Teed


Revd A Ward Jones     Westbury
Revd. Maree Farrimond     Trowbridge
Revd Sue Henderson     Trowbridge
Revd. Di Whittall     Melksham 
Revd. Peter Whatton     Bradford-on-Avon
Revd. Anne Dove     Corsham
Revd. Susan Holden     Warminster
Revd. Ray Adams     Chippenham
Revd. Graham Warmington     Westbury
Revd. Heather Morgan     Warminster

Ministers Without or Outside Area Appointment

Revd. Ruth Whittard Calne

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Accredited Local Preachers living in the Area


Home address

Name Home Address
Janet Clark Melksham John Saunders Devizes
Pat Clarke Trowbridge Isabel Smears Steeple Ashton
Eric Clifford Semmington Sue Smith Trowbridge
Douglas Colbourne Calne Janet Tanner Devizes
Bernard Cooper Bratton Pauline Tiller Steeple Ashton
Michael Currass Trowbridge Peter Walker Bradford-on-Avon
Derek Gard Calne Jacky Williams Westbury
Michele Gard Calne John Williams Westbury
Jean Gray Bradford-on-Avon Bob Farrimond Trowbridge
Joseph Glasgow Corsham    
Tom Hill Trowbridge    
Clive Illman Trowbridge    
Geraldine Mann Whitely    
Jeannie MacMeekin Market Lavington    
Ruth McGregor Devizes
Michelle Pickering Calne

Joseph Glasgow, who lives in Corsham, needs adding as does Sue Smith from Trowbridge.  


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Area Officers

Mrs Beryl Hill Area Co-ordinator  
Mr Michael Burns Area Treasurer  
Vacant Assistant Treasurer  
Mrs Pamela Packer Staffing & Support 
Mr John Williams Staffing & Support
Mr David Lamb Property
Mrs Julie Vince Area Administrator

Area Committees

Property Church Buildings Vacant
  Manses (note. the manses are currently being looked after by their Sectors)  Vacant 
Finance Treasurer Mr. Michael Burns
  Assistant Treasurer Vacant
Staffing & Support   Mrs Pamela Packer
    Mr John Williams
Training Chair Revd. Gary Gothaam
  Secretary Mrs Julie Vince
Network  Devizes, Calne, Melksham & Corsham sectors Vacant
   Westbury, Warminster, Bradford-on-Avon sectors Mrs Pat Stronach
 World Church Group Chairman /Secretary  Revd. D. Coppard/Mrs.Maggie Skyrme
Missions and Outreach Reps. Devizes,   Calne,   Melksham, sectors.

Reps. Warminster, Bradford-on-Avon sectors

Mrs Pauline Tiller,  Mrs Elaine Greatwood

Mrs Julie Vince, Mrs Maggie Skyrme, Mrs Peggie Gray.

Preachers Meeting Chair/Secretary Revd. David Coppard/Mr Bob Farrimond
Area Web Site Webmaster Mr Derek Henry


 (Missions and Outreach. The Committee ideally has members from all the churches within the area. If your church or Sector has no representative we would welcome a representative )