The ordained and licensed ministers work with the lay people of the churches to provide ministry within the United Benefice, especially in pastoral care, the leading of worship, preaching and teaching the Christian faith.

Preb Nigel Guthrie, Rector

Nigel Guthrie was appointed in 2002 as Rector of the United Benefice based on Crediton. He is also Rural Dean of the Cadbury Deanery. He had previously served as Vicar of Chellaston and Rural Dean of Melbourne in Derby Diocese. Nigel was ordained deacon in Coventry in 1988 and worked at St. John the Baptist, and then Coventry Cathedral until moving to Derby in 1994. He was appointed a Prebendary of Exeter Cathedral in 2010. He loves the variety and challenge of parish work and regularly acts as tutor to those training locally for ministry.

Nigel is married to Tina, a musician and teacher, and they have two sons. He enjoys music making and is a member of Exeter Chamber Choir.

Rev Paul Fillery, Priest at Sandford

Paul Fillery was ordained priest at Exeter Cathedral on 30 September 2012. He was previously a self-supporting minister with an osteopathic practice in Crediton but in November 2016 was appointed Priest at Sandford. He is also the Deanery Training Officer for Cadbury Deanery.

Revd Helen Drever, curate

Helen Drever was ordained Deacon at Exeter Cathedral on 11th September 2016, after training for ministry at Ripon Collage, Cuddesdon near Oxford. Prior to her training Helen lived and worked in Exeter for a number of years and is delighted to have returned to Devon to serve as our curate. Her interests include Christian Spirituality, art, sock knitting and all things creative.

Carol Price, Licensed Reader

Carol Price was licensed as a Reader at Spreyton in 1999, where she served on the Whiddon Parishes ministry team until August 2012. She then came to Holy Trinity Yeoford as Reader / Warden. She had a dairy farm in Spreyton with her husband and returned to nursing when the farm was sold in 2002. They have three children and five grandchildren.ton.

The Licensed Readers with Permission to Officiate

Dr. Jack Shelley

Jack Shelley was licensed as Reader in Exeter Diocese in 2009, serving in Crediton benefice.

Jack has been involved in church life and leadership since student days. He is currently a member of the General Synod of the Church of England. Jack worked for 35 years as a General Medical Practitioner in Devon and is still involved in medical education. He is also an active farmer.

Isolde Summers

Isolde Summers was licensed as Reader within the Exeter Diocese to the Benefice in 2003. She was recently further authorised to take Holy Communion by Extension within the Crediton Benefice.

Isolde has been involved for many years in the life of the Benefice. She is Chairman of the St. Boniface Concert Society and was formerly Head of Music at Uffculme School. She is much involved with pastoral work but finds relaxation through large jig-saw puzzles and reading.

The Honorary Assistant Clergy

The Reverend Canon Michael Hall
The Reverend David Francis
The Reverend Jenny Francis
The Reverend Sue Martin
The Reverend Prebendary Peter Rapsey
The Reverend Donald Reeves
The Reverend David Robottom
The Reverend Brian Shillingford

Clergy photos © Bill Jerman and Peter Brewer