Who's Who

Revd. Cannon David Banbury - Vicar

Telephone: 01704 891640
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Revd Canon David Banbury is vicar of St John the Baptist. He is married to Kathryn and they have two grown up, married children. Having had no contact with the Christian faith in his childhood or youth David came to faith aged 19 after getting to know a kind, caring and supportive Christian family. David is passionate about giving people the opportunity to discover the adventure of following Jesus. Over the last few years David turned his hand to a range of activities including: playing American Football for Yorkshire, serving 12 years in the British Army, writing plays, running marathons, repairing classic cars and suffering for many years as a supporter of Sunderland Football Club. David and Kathy like trips out, drinking tea and eating cake.

Elliott Ireton

Elliott Ireton - Curate

Telephone: 01704 897920
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Twitter: @elliott_ireton

Elliott has been working in churches for over 13 years in various forms including 2 years in Kenya and 9 years in North London. He trained for ordained ministry in Durham before taking up the role of Curate here in 2017. Elliott is married to Jo and they have four children, Alice, Minnie, Isaac and Gabriel.

Elliott loves baking bread and sharing it, making coffee and drinking it, watching football and playing it (come on The Arsenal!) and spending time with family and friends. He got ordained because he believes Jesus is good news worth sharing. He wants to help people find rest in an often restless culture and believes that can only be found in Christ or as St Augustine put it 'Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.'

Revd. Brian Abraham

Revd. Brian Abraham - Minister

Minister - Tuesday Service, Pastoral Visitation

Telephone: 01704 892547
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Brian came to faith at the age of 40. He took early retirement from his secular employment and studied for the Ordained Local Ministry, which culminated in ordination in the year 2000. Brian is involved in all aspects of parish ministry, but his focus is on pastoral care, particularly to the bereaved. Brian is married to Sue with 2 married daughters and 4 grandchildren. Brian's favourite verse from Scripture is 1 Timothy Chapter 1 Verse 12 - "I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength for my work. I thank him for considering me worthy and appointing me to serve him" - GNB.

Joanna Marshall

Joanna Marshall

Youth & Children's Co-ordinator - Tots & Toddlers, All Stars, JC, Schools & Marriage Preparation

Telephone: 01704 897852
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Growing up in Goosnargh, Joanna came to Ormskirk to train as a teacher at Edge Hill. After teaching in Bolton & then Parbold, Joanna took up her post at St John's in 2004.She loves spending time with her family (husband Phil & their two boys) & friends and enjoys being in the outdoors.

Christine Spencer

Christine Spencer

Youth & Children's Worker - Allstars, FROG, PUSH, Puppets, Schools, Youth Band

Telephone: 01704 897852
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After some years working in schools Christine had a change of career in 2010 becoming a Youth Worker for St John's where she has worshipped for many years. With two grown up sons, now only occasionally at home, Christine has a bit more time more time to give to reading, cooking and non-strenuous walking!

Jeannie Holman

Jeannie Holman

Pastoral Co-ordinator - Prayer chain, Healing team, Visitation team, Home Communion team

Telephone: 01704 897852
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Jeannie has valued and enjoyed being part of the church family in St John's since the early 1980s.

She worked in secondary education for 20 + years and then spent 2 years working for VSO in Lao PDR in a Teacher Training College. Following that, she spent eight fulfilling years in HMP Walton, teaching English as a second or other language to foreign nationals.

Her role means that she co-ordinates the teams of volunteers drawn from the church to help meet the pastoral needs of those within the church and also the wider community of Burscough. A Bible verse that summarises this is John 13:34 "just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another."

Jeannie has two grown up children. She enjoys cooking for friends, travel, theatre and reading.

Mel Critchley - Vicars Secretary

Telephone: 01704 897852
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Readers Al Rimmer
  Christine Donnally
Reader Emeritus Roy Lewis
Licenced Minister Rev Wendy Williams
Church Wardens Ian Hawksby
  Caroline McCaul
Dep- Church Wardens Liz Hale
  Rob Williams
  John McCall
  Barry Littler
  Martin Webber
  Danny Abraham
Verger Yvonne Taylor
Estates Manager David Orritt
Hon. Treasurer Pete Short
Technical Services Phil Marshall
Contemporary Music Pete Short
Church Organist Tom Cooper