Who's Who at the Minster
Rev. Vanessa Herrick has been Rector of Wimborne Minster since 2012. Before that she served as Director of Ministry and Director of Ordinands for the Diocese of Ely. She has also worked in two cathedrals and has taught theology in Cambridge. She is married to David (who is also ordained) and has two grown up sons and a grandson. She enjoys walking, golf, music and the arts.
Rev. Dr Brenda Gibson has been a member of the Minster congregation for over 30 years, and served as a Licensed Reader for 11 years before being ordained in 2004. Originally trained as a scientist and a schoolteacher (both of which still show!), she now works part-time in an office. Her particular focus at the Minster is on worship and teaching, including tutoring candidates for ordination. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, music and walking.
Rev. Belinda Marflitt, Curate studied Theology and Ministry (STETS) at Sarum College, Salisbury and graduated in June 2013. She is married and has two grown up children.
Rev. Dr Lorelie Farmer joined the Minster team in 2012 as an Associate Priest. Her last post was to our neighbouring parish - Witchampton, Stanbridge and Long Crichel with Moor Crichel. Before that she served in rural churches in the Coventry Diocese, and in the town churches of Stratford-upon-Avon and Newbury. She was ordained in Oxford Cathedral in 1999. Lorelie’s prior studies and career were in philosophy and education, in England, Nigeria and America, and led to a doctorate in human development, with emphasis on ‘religious experience in childhood’ and ‘faith development’. She taught for seven years in a Christian College before returning to England in 1996 to train for ministry.
Rev. Elise Harding
"I trained as a nurse in Oxford and enjoyed a varied career, culminating in research and service development in East Dorset. My project - Disability Action, is based at Christchurch Hospital. In 1991 I moved to Shropshire to become a Vicar's wife and, as a Reader, to work alongside Michael. On his 'retirement' we moved to Colehill and started working from April to September here, and September to March in the Anglican Chaplaincy of Tenerife South, Diocese in Europe. I then trained for the Ordained ministry and have now successfully completed my curacy. Our lifestyle is varied. I love exercising a ministry in two very different contexts and I love the people that we are privileged to work alongside and to serve."
Rev. Alan Davies
"I retired to Wimborne in May 2000 after a full-time ministry as a Vicar in the Diocese of Liverpool. Since then I have served as an Honorary Assistant Priest on the Clergy Team at the Minster, where I have had a very happy and fulfilling retirement ministry. My special focus is on supporting the spiritual and prayer life of the Minster and as a Franciscan Tertiary I am the leader of the new “Getting to know St Francis” Group. For the past 3 years I have also served as the Chaplain to the Wimborne branch of the Royal British Legion."
Elfie Mills, licensed lay minister
‘I have served as Lay Chaplain at Poole Hospital since 2001 and as a trained Lay Pastoral Assistant since 2003 for the Wimborne Minster community. Since 2007, I have been leading New Horizon Prayers on Saturday mornings and I am also on duty in the Chained Library on a fortnightly basis. In September 2013 I was licensed as Reader and will complete the LLM training later this year. My leisure time activities are reading, listening to classical music, walking, knitting, crochet and always attending to my Siberian Forest cat, Sophie.’
Francis Vine and Diedre Ashton
David Gostick has been Director of Music at the Minster since November 2005. Outside the church he conducts the Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir, a chamber choir with a strong reputation for contemporary music with whom he has undertaken several large commissions and recorded two CDs. He is Musical Director of the Portsmouth Choral Union, one of the south coast's leading large choirs. He leads the Gryphon School Senior Choir, recent finalists in BBC Choir of the Year. In the field of opera, David is Head of Music at Co-Opera Co and has conducted numerous productions for OperaUpClose, Dorset Productions and Dress Circle Wessex.
Sean Tucker was appointed Organist of Wimborne Minster in 1997. As an accompanist, he has played the organs in many English cathedrals as well as in Antwerp, Bamberg, Bonn, Chartres and Nôtre-Dame (Paris). He has given solo organ recitals in the cathedrals of Coventry, Salisbury, Truro and Winchester. Sean combines his work at the Minster with teaching at two schools and privately in and around Wimborne. In 2005, he recorded his first solo organ CD, which includes the whole of Widor’s Second Symphony. He regards the Minster organ as an inspirational and thoroughly musical instrument, particularly so when improvising during services and concerts.
Faye Eldret leads the Junior Choir and teaches singing to the choristers. She studied vocal performance at Trinity College of Music, London. During her first two years at college she was a choral scholar at The Old Royal Naval College, and she was awarded the Paul Simm Opera Prize. Faye has a busy oratorio and opera career and often appears as a soloist when the Minster Choir tackles major works. She led the workshops in the Minster’s successful Sing Wimborne project in 2013.