If you know the person you need to contact please be in touch using the details below. Alternatively, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.
The Revd Sean Semple – Rector
01989 562175 | email
Sean is our new Rector, he is in charge of the ministry team. He lives in the Rectory with his wife Jenny and son Lex. Sean and Jenny have four older children currently living in South Africa, North Carolina and Scotland.
Sean has come to us from the Weobley and Staunton Group of Parishes. Prior to his appointment there in 2015 he worked in the Presbyterian and Anglican Churches in South Africa, and in the Anglican Church in Cyprus. Sean was born in South Africa.
You can learn all about the job that Sean will be doing in the job description that was drawn up for the post.
The Revd Simon Tarlton – Assistant Curate
01600 890185|07462 893457 | Email
Simon is our curate, he also manages to find some time to run Phocas a new horticultural social enterprise venture which trains and mentors disadvantaged groups, particularly from among the homeless and recently released prisoner communities. He’s also responsible for a small flock of sheep in Goodrich.
The Revd Canon Chris Blanchard – Associate Priest (Sunday – Wednesday)
01989 762368 | email
Chris is based at Walford where he lives in the Rectory, and will often be found taking services at Walford Church, but he works across the whole team. Chris works part time, from Sunday to Wednesday.
The Revd Colin Leggate – Chaplain to Commerce and Industry | Email
Colin is a retired hospital chaplain and now a member of the clergy team. He keeps the church in touch with the business community in the town where he has recently been chair of the Association of Ross Traders. He takes services quite regularly around the Benefice and is Chaplain to the local Sea Cadets.
Christine Cattanach – Intergenerational Missioner | Email
Christine works to bring new congregations to St Mary’s. She also works across the family of churches we represent in Ross and beyond. She is one of seven such Missioners that Hereford Diocese have invested in to empower us to help envisage the future of our churches. Christine has a heart for mission and a passion to see church re-imagined so that all generations are represented and people are able to connect with God regardless of where they are in their faith journey.
Dr Derek Glover – Licensed Reader (retired) 01989 565167 | e-mail
Derek is one of our licensed readers, although technically retired, he still very much a part of our team. as such he is frequently to be found taking services around the benefice and taking responsibility for many areas of the work that goes on within it. Derek has specific responsibility for Hospital and Homes Chaplaincy, Education programmes and Safeguarding.
Canon Freda Davies – Licensed Reader
01989 562366 | e-mail
Freda is a licensed reader and takes services around the benefice. She has responsibility for some areas of the work that goes on within it. She works hard on prayer activities and organises popular activity days for local schools from time to time.
Louise Jarvis – Benefice Administrator
The Benefice Office, The Rectory, Church Street, Ross-on-Wye HR9 5HN
01989 562175 | email
Louise works in the Benefice Office each week day from 09:00 – 12:00. She is often the first point of contact for enquiries.
Adrian Taylor – Organist, St Mary’s
Adrian plays the organ for most services at St Mary’s, he oversees the care of the organ and works closely with the choir. Beyond St Mary’s Adrian is the conductor of Ross-on-Wye Choral Society.
Please use the contact form here to be in touch with the Benefice Administrator (see above for further contact details).