Who's Who

        Vicar                      Father. Ed McKenna

Father Ed McKenna has been vicar of St Martin's since April 2009. He was formerly a civil servant who retired to begin his second career serving God. Formerly a Reader in the Diocese of Sheffield, he has a Degree in Theology from Chester College. He attended the Northern Ordination Course and was ordained Deacon in Chester Cathedral in 2006 and priested in 2007. He served as a curate at St Matthew's, Stretton and St Cross, Appleton Thorn and was also an Assistant Prison Chaplain at HMP Risley from 2005 to 2009. Married to Moira, they have three grown up children and five grand-children. Born on Tyneside, Father Ed calls himself a native Geordie and that is certainly easily observed in his accent. For hobbies he likes to play the guitar or work on his allotment.

           Curate                  Revd Ann Hyde

The Reverend Ann joined the ministry team at St. Martin's in May 2011, having spent three and a half years at St. Michael's, Bramhall. Before being ordained Ann was a medical editor, and a Non-Executive Director of Eastern Cheshire NHS Trust. She undertook her ordination training at St. John's College, Nottingham. Ann also has a life-long interest in the arts. She studied Community Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University and became a volunteer artist in the textile department of Start Studios, Manchester, a charity that uses art to help people recovering from mental illness. She is part of the diocesan Arts and Faith Network. In her spare time Ann enjoys walking the dogs, tapestry weaving, silk painting and gardening.

Readers

(Readers are Lay Ministers who are licensed to the parish by the Diocesan Bishop to assist the clergy through preaching, teaching and leading worship.)

            Reader                 Geoff Brammall

Geoff Brammall has been a Reader in the Church of England for over 40 years and has served in four different parishes in the Dioceses of Manchester and Chester. He values the beauty and the structure of the Anglo-Catholic liturgy at St. Martin's, as well as the friendly atmosphere. A teacher of Modern Languages (principally German) in local grammar and comprehensive schools for 27 years, Geoff retired from teaching in 1996 and now works as a freelance Education Consultant. Beside his church work, Geoff's other interests include hill-walking, the theatre and travel (especially to his beloved Germany!)

               Reader                 Tony Doust

Tony Doust has worshipped at St Martin's since 1991, when he started being in Marple at weekends. He retired from working in computer programming in 2002 and started the part-time three-year course of Reader training later that year. He was licensed as a Reader in Chester Cathedral in October 2005.

He values St Martin's for the very friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and also for the important role of good music in the church. His other interests include (classical) music, chess, and, sadly, Watford Football Club.

                 Churchwarden  Debbie Moores

Debbie Moores was born and raised in Yorkshire and lived there until the summer of 2010 when she took the momentous decision to move to Marple. She quickly settled into life on the 'wrong side' of the Pennines and into the life of St Martin's Church, having had a warm and friendly welcome. She and Rob were married by Father Ed at St Martin's in June 2011. Recently retired from work and the Church Secretary role and taking on the mantle of churchwarden she still finds time to follow her beloved Yorkshire cricket team, is a member of a Gilbert & Sullivan society (also in Yorkshire), loves reading and travelling - especially with Rob in their touring caravan.

                             PCC Treasurer and Churchwarden            Alan Ashurst