Our clergy are the ordained leaders of our church who make sure that everything runs smoothly. As well as leading services, they visit the sick and housebound, work in local schools and with other parts of the community, and offer pastoral care to all who live in the parish. You should always feel able to get in touch with any member of the clergy if you are in need, although they take FRIDAY as their rest day.
The Rev’d Simon Newham -Team Rector
The Rev’d Simon Newham is our Rector, he trained at Trinity college in Bristol before working in Horsham and Wisborough Green. He came to Ifield in 2010. Before Ordination, Simon worked as a research scientist, and holds an MSc. He is married to Gina, and they have three grown up children.
The Rev’d Jamie Gater – Curate
The Rev’d Jamie Gater is recently ordained and joins our parish family to continue his training before he takes on his own parish. Before ordination, Jamie was a primary school teacher, and worked on the South Coast. He is married to Naomi and they have a Son, who has just started at school.
The Rev’d Dr. Daphne Goodwin. Honorary assistant Clergy
Before ordination, Dr Goodwin was a highly respected Gp, a family doctor who many in Crawley will remeber. Rev’d Daphne Goodwin is now retired, but serves our parish family as our honorary assistant, taking services and providing pastoral care.
Jill is our Reader, she is not ordained, but is licensed by the bishop to assist with services, teaching and preaching. Jill is the person to talk to if you are considering ministry as a reader; she will be glad to tell you of the range of experience she has.
The bishop of Chichester is The Right Reverend Dr Martin Warner. He is the chief pastor to everyone in the diocese, which means that it is his job to ensure proper pastoral care for everyone living in sussex.