Who's who

Anything you need to know about St. Andrew's can be found either on this website or by contacting the church office on 0161 485 2648. Gill Pennells, our Administrator, should be able to answer all your questions or she can put you in contact with someone who will be able to help. An enormous number of different people help run the church but here are some key people you are likely to meet.

Vicar: Rev Christopher Hobbs joined the parish in May 2017. He is responsible for the whole parish and is based at St.Andrew's Church but also takes services at Emmanuel. 

Christopher can be contacted on 0161 291 9134.

Vicar: Rev Anthony Barnshaw joined the parish in 2015. He is based at Emmanuel Church but also takes services at St Andrew’s.

Anthony can be contacted on 0161 485 1154.

Retired Minister: Rev Stuart Poole grew up in Leek, Staffordshire. From a Methodist background, he became a Christian as a teenager before studying Electrical Engineering at what is now Loughborough University. He eventuallly became Head of the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Manchester Polytechnic (now MMU) after working as an electronics engineer with an aeronautical company. He took early retirement in 1988 to seek ordinantion to the Anglican ministry and served for 12 years as a non-stipendiary associate minister at Cheadle Parish Church before moving to St. Andrew's. Stuart is married to Leoni and they have a son, two daughters and six grandchildren. His sporting priority is cricket and he is a life member of Lancashire County Cricket Club.

Reader: Peter Budd was born in 1957 in Asmara, Eritrea. His parents worked for the Red Sea Mission Team (nowlay reader Peter smiling called Reach Across) and it was as a child that he committed his own life to Jesus. It was at Manchester University that he met Alma, and they were married in 1982. He is now Professor of Polymer Chemistry and his research group develops novel materials for a variety of industrial and medical applications. Peter and Alma have been attending St. Andrew's since 1990, and he was licensed as a Reader in 2003.


Reader: Jennie Prince was born in Manchester. She was brought up in a Christian family and can't really remember a time when she didn't regard herself as a follower of Jesus. After a physics degree, she returned to Manchester to train as a medical physicist, and she has worked in this field in the NHS ever since. Jennie and her husband Jim moved to St Andrew's church in 1999. They have two daughters. Jennie has been a Reader since 2008.

Children's and Youth Worker: Carron Hopwood is married to Brian (known as Scouse).  They don't have any children but do have two very lovely dogs Millie, and Biddy. Carron did her Youth and Children’s work training at Manchester Metropolitan University and went on to work in mental health for five years, getting her Post-Grauate Certificate in common mental health problems from the University of Manchester. Carron made the move into full time ministry in 2008, something she knew she would do since she was 12 yrs old. Carron is passionate about sharing Jesus and the Word of God with children and young people, and anyone else who will listen! Carron and Scouse are both obsessed with America and anything American and love to eat out particularly at Red’s True BBQ and Five Guys!

 Administrator: Gill Pennells was born in Chelmsford, Essex and was brought up to go to church from an early age. The Christian faith began to make sense to her at about 15 years old as she got more involved with the small local church. After art school in Norwich she had a formative year at Lee Abbey, a Christian holiday and conference centre on the wonderful North Devon coast. There she met her future husband, Steve who worked in the gardens. As Administrator's secretary at Lee Abbey, she then worked in typesetting in Surrey and later Manchester. Steve and Gill have two sons.   Gill can be contacted in the church office on 0161 485 2648. There is an answerphone service out of office hours, or you can email  admin@standrewscheadlehulme.org.uk

The Churchwardens, Peter Bailey and Adrienne Staines, can also be contacted via the church office.