Our Ministers

Rev. Malc Allen

Rector

I’ve been the Rector at St Michael’s Church in Bishop’s Cleeve since 2009. Before that, I was Vicar in the Rowanfield and Hester’s Way area of Cheltenham. I also have the pleasure of being Chaplain to Cheltenham Town Football Club!

I’m married to Caz and our children are Chloe and Jake.

I’ve been involved in schools in all sorts of ways for many years. I love taking assemblies and interacting with the children in school or when they visit us at St Michael’s. I think the parents are pretty all right as well!

It’s great to be part of the community, and I look forward to continuing and growing our links together.

You can contact me at The Rectory, 4 Church Approach, Bishop’s Cleeve, Glos GL52 8NG  Tel: 01242 677851
Email: malc.rector@gmail.com

Rev. Richard Reakes

Vicar

I moved 'up north’ in 2014 and work across the Benefice of Bishop’s Cleeve with Southam, Woodmancote, Cleeve Hill, Gotherington, Woolstone and Oxenton.

I am married to Claire and have two grown-up children, Catherine and Amy. Before this I was Associate Priest of the Alham Vale Benefice of Evercreech with Chesterblade and Milton Clevedon in the Diocese of Bath and Wells. I was previously Curate of Shepton Mallet, Doulting and West Cranmore for four years and was a Lay Reader for 16 years before that. I lived in West Cranmore, where I ran the family business of funeral directors before moving to Gloucestershire. I have a passion for pastoral ministry and being immersed in community life.

You can contact me at The Vicarage, 67 Malleson Road, Gotherington, Chelt GL52 9EX
Tel: 01242 675559
Email: richard.vicarage@gmail.com

Sallie Mumford

Children and Families Minister

I joined St Michael’s Church in February 2013, and have been employed as our Children and Families Minister since September 2014. I am also a Lay Reader, having been licensed since 2008.

I became a Reader while worshipping in the United Church of St Michael’s in Whaddon, and before that I worshipped at Trinity, Cheltenham.     

I am wife to Bryan, mother to Luke, and stepmother to Tom and Charlotte, and chief dogwalker to Marco Polo.  

I love being part of our leadership team, and encouraging everyone and anyone I know to understand a little bit more about the God who loves us and made us. In 2016, I became a Godly Play practitioner, and have been fascinated to see how Godly Play helps children (and adults actually) discover something of God inside of them.  

I’m involved in leading our baptism courses, conducting thanksgivings, visiting schools, helping lead our parent and toddler groups – Praise & Play and OASIS Parents, overseeing our Sunday morning children’s groups (and teaching in Sparklers age 3-7s), confirmation groups and summer holiday club. I also love partnering with young people to help them develop their confidence and skills – and for them to teach me a thing or two! – through our internship programmes.      

You can contact me on:
Tel: 07941 676161
Email: sallie.mumford@gmail.com

Greg Abrahams

Organist and Choirmaster

I have been Organist and Choirmaster at St Michael's since 2009. I have been a working Church Musician for more than 50 years. In that time I have been organist for the Prison and University Chaplaincies, Parish Organist, Prinknash Abbey, and accompanied services in the cathedrals with a visiting choir.

Since taking up residence in the UK, I have continued my music studies completing Post-Graduate studies at Birmingham Conservatoire, and was invited to give recitals in major venues including Westminster Abbey and the cathedrals. I have also performed in Notre Dame in Paris, Washington, New York, Boston, Slovakia, and Australia.

Since coming to St Michael’s, I have led the choir in services in Oxford, Worcester, Hereford, Gloucester, and Bristol Cathedrals.


Sarah Parkes

Churchwarden

I have been worshipping at St Michaels since 2007. I have been involved in leading our church since 2010 in a variety of different roles.
 
Together with my husband, Dan, we lead our youth group ‘Whatever.’ We love exploring Jesus and life with our young people. We have two children; Joseph and Lily.
 
I work in Human Resources leadership as a consultant. I have a big heart for all of God’s people! I love being part of the leadership team at St Michael's and I am passionate about our local and global community.


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