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.

Revd Matthew Tregenza, Rector

Matthew Tregenza was ordained priest in Salisbury Cathedral in June 2004, following a career in teaching.  He served a curacy in a group of parishes in Dorset, and  then served in parishes in South Wales.  Prior to coming to Crediton, he was Rector of a group of rural parishes in Somerset, where he was also a Rural Dean.  He became Rector of the Crediton Benefice in March 2019.

Lewis Eden, Assistant Curate

Lewis Eden is serving his curacy with the Crediton Benefice Mission Community, following training for ordination at Cranmer Hall, Durham. Before ordination training, Lewis lived in Salcombe, exploring Christian Vocation in the St Peter’s Foundation, a New-Monastic community; whilst there Lewis discerned a call to the priesthood. Prior to living in Salcombe, Lewis studied Forensic and Analytical Science at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Lewis is a born and bred Aberdonian.

Sandra Collier, Assistant Curate

Sandra Collier has been involved with Church ministry in various roles since the middle 1980’s, primarily in the Hatherleigh Benefice.  Licensed as a Reader in 2010, serving throughout the Northmoor Team.  Along with husband Steve, retired back to Crediton in 2017, having started their married life here in Crediton in 1980.  Retirement is not an option with God, in 2020 Sandra experienced a profound call to the Distinctive Diaconate, thus being ordained as such on 1st July 2023.  Steve & Sandra have been blessed with 3 children and 3 grandchildren which keep them very busy.  Aside from ministry she has been blessed to have worked as a cheese maker, played football to a high standard and proud to have been a part of a Guinness World record.

“I will continue to serve the people of Devon with joy for as long as God directs me”

Carol Price, Licensed Lay Minister

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.

Antonia Tregenza, Licensed Lay Minister

Antonia Tregenza was licensed as a Lay Minister on 1st October 2022.

Licensed Reader with Permission to Officiate

Dr. 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 was for many years 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.

The Honorary Assistant Clergy

The Reverend David Francis
The Reverend Jenny Francis
The Reverend Canon Peter Gilks
The Reverend Canon Michael Hall
The Reverend Prebendary Peter Rapsey
The Reverend Brian Shillingford

Clergy photos © Bill Jerman and Peter Brewer