Circuit Staff

 Revd. Phillip Warrey (Superintendent)

Originally hailing from Gowerton in South Wales I trained as an Electrical Engineer in Pontypridd, before moving to Bristol to work in a Mechanical Engineering company for 26 years. My work took me to many different countries firstly to commission equipment I’d been involved in designing and later in helping to sell the equipment. Then the closing of our office in Bristol became the catalyst I needed to launch me into training and full time ministry.

It was while at college, I first ventured into a Methodist Church, and it was there that I experienced a welcome that was to be a change in my life. Mission England, Billy Graham and some good church friends propelled me to offer to be one of Mr Wesley’s Preachers, and I was accredited in 1989. Alongside my preaching and work, I also became a Youth Leader, a BB Officer and a driver for Torch Trust. Following redundancy in 2009 I started ministerial training in Wesley College Bristol and then with STETS at Sarum Salisbury. Following a year as a student minister in Midsomer Norton, Farrington Gurney and Horizon Bath, I took up my first appointment in the Southend & Leigh Circuit looking after Rayleigh, Rochford and Hockley & Hawkwell Churches. Now in my second appointment, I was encouraged to take on the role of superintendency, alongside 3 churches. I am beginning to settle into this role, but really still a lot to learn….

Also in 1989 Caroline and I married, and we have 2 wonderful daughters of which we are both very proud - Theresa and Jessica, both grown up and married. We also have a grandson, and another on the way.

Caroline and I have been involved in Christian Puppet Teams for a number of years, and have now begun to establish a team in the circuit.

Outside of Circuit Life, I work voluntarily as part of the operations team on the Methodist 3Generate Event, Greenbelt Faith and Arts Festival (for whom Caroline now works), and an event with the Boys’ Brigade called UniteBB. I am learning to play the Ukulele badly, and enjoy photography.

(Photograph courtesy of Newsquest)

Rev. Iain Skinner

I am an exiled Scot, having left home as soon as I was 15 to join the army as an engineering apprentice.  Twenty five years’ service followed man and boy during which time I married my wife Alison, had three children, and undertook Commando training. Service included; 1969 Libya (Gadhafi’s revolution), 1974 the Turk invasion of Cyprus, and in 1992 the Falklands conflict

It was as a young soldier after Libya I became aware of the wonder and beauty of creation and set out to find the One behind it all. A few years later whilst serving in Malta as I was singing, “And can it be”, I knew for myself the meaning of “Chains falling off, and hearts being free”. 

Some years later after my experience in the Falklands I felt God was calling me to ministry; I trained as a Local Preacher, was accepted as a candidate for the Ministry and started training all whilst still serving as a soldier.

 On completion of training I was stationed to the Gateshead and Jarrow Circuit, but only spent two years before the Forces Board asked me to consider Military Chaplaincy. 

Seventeen years of military chaplaincy followed.

After retirement I was invited to remain in Herefordshire as the Minister of St. John's and I am now enjoying the very different challenges of a Circuit appointment..