Who’s Who?

Senior Steward

Hilary MacCallum, can be contacted by email using seniorsteward@parkavenue.org.uk

Church Administrator

Contact Alan Brett for general enquiries about the church, room lettings, weddings, baptisms and funerals using office@parkavenue.org.uk. Alternatively, you can ring the office on 01604 720624.

Website Administrator

For any comments or queries about the website in general contact webmaster@parkavenue.org.uk

Ministers

The Northampton Methodist Circuit operates a team ministry; they can be contacted at

office@methodist-churches-northampton.org.uk

Rev. David Spiers

I grew up in Bristol and studied law at the University of Bristol. I also have degrees in theology and ministry from the University of Bristol and a research master’s in theology and religion from the University of Exeter. I have worked in the charitable, local government, and higher education sectors.

I did my formational training for ministry at the Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham. During my training I undertook placements in a wide variety of ministry contexts both in the UK and overseas.

My first appointment was in the Hull (Centre & West Methodist) Circuit, where I had three churches in my pastoral charge. I also served as an acting university chaplain, presbyteral chaplain to the One Opportunity programme, chair’s chaplain to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, and Methodist Conference representative. I have experience in establishing new projects and initiatives, specialist training in youth and children’s ministry, and have served in urban and rural contexts.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, watching films, going to the theatre, cooking, walking, and visiting historic places and gardens.

Rev. Dr Samantha Gillard

I come to Northampton after completing my formational training for presbyteral ministry at The Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham. My training has included a MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission, and a wide variety of placements in different ministry contexts. I bring to the Northampton Methodist Circuit a passion to share God’s unconditional love, and an excitement to become part of the ministry team, of one church, with ten worshipping communities.

I have lived in many different places across the UK, going to school in Bristol and Melksham. I trained to become a physiotherapist in Bristol; once qualified in 1992, I spent some time volunteering as a physiotherapist in Rwanda, returning to the UK to take up my first physiotherapy position in Swindon, Wiltshire.  My career as a physiotherapist has taken me to various hospitals across England. I completed my MSc in Healthcare practice in Oxford, and my doctorate, in Women’s Health physiotherapy at Teesside University, graduating in 2020. Prior to candidating for the Methodist ministry, I was course lead for physiotherapy at the University of Worcester.

I am married with three grown up sons, who live and work in various places across the UK. To relax: I enjoy walking our dogs in the countryside; multiple different crafts including, sewing and crochet; reading; musical theatre; traveling and exploring the history of different countries, and watching a wide variety of drama’s.

Supernumerary Ministers

Rev. Alan Sharp

Rev. Ian Forsyth