The Wiltshire United Area



Bristol Methodist District Chairman

Rev Dr Jonathan H Pye MA

 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)



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 United, Westbury Methodist, Westbury URC and Steeple Ashton.

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Revd. Cathy Arscott

Tel. 01225 702232


Cathy and her husband Frank moved to Melksham in August 2014 to begin their ministry within the Wiltshire United Area after serving for ten years in the Launceston Methodist Circuit where Cathy looked after six country chapels situated in West Devon and Cornwall.  Before her call to the ministry, Cathy worked as a school secretary and previously to that worked as a music tutor in a primary school.

Cathy and Frank have four married children, ten grandchildren and a dog called Sam.  They enjoy ballroom dancing classes at The Manor School in Melksham and spend a lot of their spare time exploring the Wiltshire countryside and taking Sam on walks along the canals.  Music has always been a shared interest too – Cathy plays the piano and Frank plays the trumpet.

Cathy trained with South West Ministerial Training College and completed her Theology Degree with Exeter University in 2005 when she was ordained as a Methodist minister at Tavistock Methodist Church.

(Pastoral Responsibility for:-Melksham United, St. Aldhelms, Corsham, Whitely Methodist, and Monks Chapel)

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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, Bradford-on-Avon United, Winsley Methodist)

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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, Bromham and Seend)

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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

Ministers Without or Outside Area Appointment

Revd. Judith Rossall Westbury

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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
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 Mrs Anne Pugh
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 )