The Wiltshire United Area


Induction/Welcome service for Revd. Heather Wilson

held at Melksham United Church on Wednesday 30th August 2017

L. to R.  Revd. Gerald England,(URC Synod Pastoral Adviser)  Revd. Heather Wilson,  Revd. Dr Jonathan Pye, (Methodist Bristol District Chairman)  Revd.David Coppard (Methodist Area Supt,) and Revd. Garry Gothan (United Area Chairman)



Revd Dr Jonathan H Pye MA

Bristol Methodist District Chairman

 I was born and brought up in the North West and studied theology at Durham,   Cambridge and Leeds. After training at Wesley House, Cambridge I served in a rural Circuit in the North-East, a suburban Circuit in Bristol, a City Centre Circuit in Leeds and rural/town Circuit in Cumbria as Superintendent.

 I have been a Chaplain in prisons, hospitals, schools and universities, and have lectured in departments of both theology and medicine.  I have lectured in the USA, Canada, Australia and South Korea as well as the UK.

 For twelve years, I was Principal of Wesley College, Bristol,  I was the healthcare lead at the Cardiff University Centre for Chaplaincy Studies and maintain my post as Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Ethics in Medicine /Research Associate in the School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, and have published books and articles, mostly on theology, spirituality and healthcare ethics. In 2015, I returned to the Bristol District of the Methodist Church as Chair in 2015 when I was also appointed as an Honorary Bishop of the Joongang Conference of the Korean Methodist Church.

 I have served on many national committees and working parties for the Methodist Church, including the Faith and Order Committee of the Methodist Church and was the Methodist representative on the national Doctrine and Worship Committee of the URC.

 I am married to Denise and we have two adult children, Naomi and Thomas. Once having played rugby, I now enjoy watching it and, when possible, enjoy Theatre and the the Arts.

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Revd. Ruth Whitehead, BSc, MA.

Moderator of the South Western Synod of the United Reformed Church

I was born in West Yorkshire but grew up in South Wales and have lived in many places in England since.

My first degree in Biological Sciences led to four years as a schoolteacher before training for ministry.

I served as a minister in the United Reformed Church in Woodford Green & Buckhurst Hill, Summertown in Oxford, a United URC/Methodist church in Abingdon, and then four churches in South Cambridgeshire (two of them Anglican). I became Moderator of the South Western Synod in July 2013.

 Special Areas of Interest – helping the local church to be faithful and hopeful, sharing God’s love and sharing in God’s mission; a consultancy approach to listening to problems and seeking solutions together.

 Hobbies; - walking, running, camping, music and reading.

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Revd. Gary Gotham

Area Chairman

 Tel. 01380 724264


Gary graduated from Northern College Manchester in 2000 and served 5 churches in Stockport, Cheshire for twelve years before coming to Wiltshire.

In his spare time he enjoys hazy summer days with friends, Formula One, real ale and messing about with computers.
There is a rumour he is building a kit car in his garage, but internal combustion engines will be outlawed before he ever gets round to finishing it.

(Pastoral Responsibility for:-  Devizes St. Andrews /Marston and Market Lavington)

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Revd. David Coppard

Methodist Superintendent

Tel.  01373 858805


The Wiltshire United Area are pleased to welcome the Revd David Coppard to begin his ministry with us from September 2012. David will have pastoral care for Westbury Methodist Church, Westbury United Reformed Church, Warminster Methodist Church and Steeple Ashton Methodist Church. 

 David comes to us from the Ilfracombe and Barnstaple Circuit in North Devon, previous to this he was in Bournemouth where he worked with our Superintendent David Ellis, both of whom are avid train enthusiasts.  David's other interests include long distance running, cycling and exercising Poppy, his border collie dog. 

 David originates from Somerset on leaving school at 16 with one O Level in Woodwork he was an apprentice carpenter, his first construction site being in Frome.  As a child he had felt a call to Ordination and has spent almost twenty years in Circuit Ministry.  He trained at Wesley College with Chris Cory and also studied at Cardiff University where he obtained a Master's degree. 

Pastoral Responsibility for:-Warminster, Westbury Methodist, Westbury URC and Steeple Ashton.

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Revd. Simon Edwards

Tel.   01225 759170


I was born and raised in Liverpool, with my twin brother and older sister.

I am married to Hannah. We met when we were both students at Cliff College and have been married for ten years and have three children and three cats.

Prior to coming to Wiltshire I have worked in ASDA twice, as a youth worker in a Methodist circuit in Liverpool, in a gentlemen’s outfitters and as a family worker for a Methodist circuit in Dover, where I also completed my Master’s degree in Contextual Theology.

This is my first appointment as a Methodist minister. I trained for ministry at Wesley House in Cambridge from 2011 – 2013, where I began my current study, writing a PhD on Fresh Expressions of Church and Methodist ecclesiology.

Pastoral Responsibility for:-Trowbridge Wesley Road, , Winsley  Bradford-on-Avon United(shared with Revd. Heather Wilson)

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Revd. Wendy Tucker  

Tel . 01249 818923


Wendy and her husband Nigel have moved to live in Calne from Swindon, where they were both born and where they brought up their two daughters who are both currently at University in Coventry and Bradford, studying Civil Engineering and Politics respectively.

Wendy has been a Methodist Local Preacher for 25 years and has had several jobs and several church roles over the years – latterly working as a child minder and as a teaching assistant with students with moderate learning difficulties at Swindon College – also voluntary College Chaplain, a Trustee of Swindon Youth for Christ and a Governor of the local infant school.

She trained part-time at the Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme in Salisbury from 2012 to 2015.

She would like to rediscover her love for reading once formal studying is less pressured and also loves to sing, spend time with her family and friends and go camping in her trailer tent, preferably on the Isle of Wight in the sunshine.

(Pastoral Responsibility for:-Calne, Corsham, Bromham and Seend)

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Revd. Heather Wilson 

Tel. 01225 702232


I was born in South Wales but as a child, the family emigrated to Canada.  Hugh and I married in 1977 and we now have four married children and nine grandchildren ranging in age from 7 months to 20 years old.  Our one son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren live in Northern Ireland and the rest of the children and grandchildren presently reside in Ontario, Canada. 

My undergraduate degree was a Bachelor of Religious Education at Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener, Ontario and then I commenced the first year of an MA course at Conrad Grebel Mennonite Theological College in Waterloo including several courses in their Peace and Conflict Studies Programme.  My husband Hugh and I moved to Shropshire in 2006.  I trained for ministry at Queen’s College in Birmingham where I received a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Theological Studies with a dissertation project in Alzheimer’s and Spirituality, the personal experience I gained from caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s and as a chaplain at a residential care home helped to feed into this study.   

My first ministerial appointment began in 2012 with the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District in the Shropshire & Marches Circuit.  I am interested in joining in with the mission of God where He is already at work in the Wiltshire Area and encouraging the congregation in their special gifts of ministry.  I would like to continue my online studies with an emphasis on church growth.  My hobbies include, walking, reading, listening to music, travel, and recently crocheting blankets for some of the grandchildren.

Pastoral Responsibility for Melksham , Whitley, Monks Chapel and Bradford-on-Avon (shared with Revd. Simon Edwards)

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Retired Supernumerary Ministers living in the Area.

Revd. Peter King


Revd. Tom MacMeekin

    Market Lavington

Revd. Ron Blick


Revd. Mike Burrell


Revd. Jennifer Davies


Revd. Raymond T. Guy


Revd. Mary Teed


Revd A Ward Jones     Westbury
Revd. Maree Farrimond     Trowbridge
Revd Sue Henderson     Trowbridge
Revd. Di Whittall     Melksham 
Revd. Peter Whatton     Bradford-on-Avon
Revd. Anne Dove     Corsham
Revd. Susan Holden     Warminster
Revd. Ray Adams     Chippenham
Revd. Graham Warmington     Westbury
Revd. Heather Morgan     Warminster

Ministers Without or Outside Area Appointment

Revd. Judith Rossall Westbury
Revd. Ruth Whittard Calne

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Accredited Local Preachers living in the Area


Home address

Name Home Address
Janet Clark Melksham Jeannie MacMeekin Market Lavington
Pat Clarke Trowbridge Ruth McGregor Devizes
Eric Clifford Semmington Michelle Pickering Calne
Douglas Colbourne Calne John Saunders Devizes
Bernard Cooper Bratton Isabel Smears Steeple Ashton
Michael Currass Trowbridge Janet Tanner Devizes
Hannah Edwards Trowbridge Pauline Tiller Steeple Ashton
Jacki Fox Calne Peter Walker Bradford-on-Avon
Derek Gard Calne Jacky Williams Westbury
Michele Gard Calne John Williams Westbury
Jean Gray Bradford-on-Avon Ruth Woodhouse Bromham
John Greenway Trowbridge Bob Farrimond Trowbridge
Bernard Groves Trowbridge    
Richard Hatt Westbury    
Tom Hill Trowbridge
Clive Illman Trowbridge
David Mann Whitely
Geraldine Mann Whitely    

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Area Officers

Mrs Beryl Hill Area Co-ordinator
Mr David Mann Area Treasurer
Mr Michael Burns Assistant Treasurer
Mrs Pamela Packer Staffing & Support 
Mr John Williams Staffing & Support
Vacant Property  
Mrs Julie Vince Area Administrator

Area Committees

Property Church Buildings Vacant
  Manses (note. the manses are currently being looked after by their Sectors)  Vacant 
Finance Treasurer Mr. David Mann
  Assistant Treasurer Mr Michael Burns
Staffing & Support   Mrs Pamela Packer
    Mr John Williams
Training Chair Revd. Gary Gothaam
  Secretary Mrs Julie Vince
Network  Devizes, Calne, Melksham & Corsham sectors Vacant
   Westbury, Warminster, Bradford-on-Avon sectors Mrs Pat Stronach
 World Church Group Chairman /Secretary  Revd. D. Coppard/Mrs.Maggie Skyrme
Missions and Outreach Reps. Devizes,   Calne,   Melksham, sectors.

Reps. Warminster, Bradford-on-Avon sectors

Mrs Pauline Tiller,  Mrs Elaine Greatwood

Mrs Julie Vince, Mrs Maggie Skyrme, Mrs Peggie Gray.

Preachers Meeting Chair/Secretary Revd. David Coppard/Mr Bob Farrimond
Area Web Site Webmaster Mr Derek Henry


 (Missions and Outreach. The Committee ideally has members from all the churches within the area. If your church or Sector has no representative we would welcome a representative )