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.

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.

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.

Sandra Collier, Licensed Reader

Sandra Collier has been involved with Church ministry in various roles since the middle 1980’s in the Hatherleigh Benefice and was licensed as a Reader in 2010.   She is now ‘retired’, ha, ha, and moved back to Crediton at the end of 2017 with husband Steve, having previously lived here in the early 1980’s.  They have 3 children and 1.5 grandchildren!  Retiring in the Lord’s eyes, is not an option, so Sandra is delighted to be able to serve the Lord and His people here in the Crediton Benefice where we have been made extremely welcome.  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.

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 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.

The Honorary Assistant Clergy

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

Clergy photos © Bill Jerman and Peter Brewer