St. Mary's Church, Dover
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Staff and Leadership
Please find below an introduction to our church leaders and staff members.
Revd. Melissa Carter
Dover Team Rector
We are currently in vacancy following the departure of our Team Rector. Details of this will be posted as the recruitment process proceeds.
Melissa felt called to be a priest in her late teens but before training was encouraged to get some life experience. After working as a legal secretary Melissa was ordained in 2016 and joined the Dover Town Team in September 2019. Melissa is married to Antony and accompanied most places by her guide dog Zoe. In their spare time they enjoy walking and exploring the countryside.
Melissa has particular pastoral responsibility for St Martins Dover and will be working across the team to offer support and encouragement in developing a prayerful life within the community and spiritual growth within families.
Revd. Josias de Souza
Josias joined the Dover Town Team from the Diocese of Recife in Brazil. Ordained in 2004, he served as minister in charge of children’s and youth ministry in a large city church in which he saw a group of 10 teenagers grow to some 300 every Sunday evening. He then served on the staff of Recife Cathedral implementing strategy and developing new mission projects.
He is accompanied by his wife Danielle and their children Daniel and Leticia.
Josias oversees mission and evangelism throughout the Dover Town Team of Churches but also has particular pastoral responsibility for a new afternoon congregation.
Revd. Trish Godfrey
Priest for Aycliffe
Trish was born in Dover and attended Dover Grammar School for Girls. She worked as a librarian in throughout East Kent before taking early retirement in 2007. She is married to Mike and has two children and grandchildren.
Trish’s faith was nurtured in the Methodist Church and a house church before joining St Martin’s Dover in the 1980’s where she was licensed a Lay Reader in 1994. She then felt called to the priesthood and was ordained priest in 2005, becoming a self-supporting priest at St Mary’s.
Trish has particular pastoral responsibility for the congregation at the Aycliffe Church Centre.
Angie was born and grew up in Co. Kildare in Southern Ireland, where her family still live and to where she loves to return as often as possible. She moved to Dover after she finished her education and this is where she met and married Gerry. They have four children and six grandchildren.
Angie was welcomed into the Church of England in June 2011 and accepted for Reader training two years later. She completed the four year course in June 2018.It was during a period of interregnum that Angie felt the call to ministry. She is now a Reader for Dover Town Group Ministry and is the Pastoral Care co-ordinator for the group.
Team Development Officer
Born in Dover, Jill is married to John and they have 2 children and one granddaughter. Jill started her working life at Barclays Bank. She then went on to be a librarian at one of the local secondary schools, where she also trained as a literacy tutor. During her leisure time likes to read, cook and spend time with her family.
Jill’s main role is the Dover Town Team Development Officer, and she oversees the smooth running of our organisation and administration systems. She is also the St Mary’s Parish Administrator.
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