Clergy Team

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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.


An introduction from our new Rector

Hello……… I’m Matthew and I’m thrilled that God has called me to be the new Rector of the Crediton Benefice Mission Community.

I am blessed to be married to the wonderful Antonia and we have a rather aged black Labrador called Henry, who is quite a character!

My origins lie on the other side of the Tamar, in Cornwall, where I was born and grew up and to where I return from time to time to visit members of my family who still live there.

University education saw me leave home thirty years ago to read Geography at the University of Wales, Lampeter. Sidney Sussex College, in the University of Cambridge, then beckoned where I studied for my Post Graduate Certificate in Education and then a move to a teaching post in Salisbury followed. Whilst in Salisbury I was fortunate enough to be able to study for an MA degree in Geography at London University.

During my time in Salisbury a growing sense of vocation led me to begin the process towards ordination. I returned to Cambridge, where I trained at Westcott House.  In 2003 I was ordained deacon in Salisbury Cathedral and ordained priest the following year. My curacy was served in a group of rural parishes in north Dorset and I then served for six years in the Church in Wales. I’m currently serving as Rector of the Bishops Lydeard Benefice in the diocese of Bath and Wells and as Rural Dean of Tone Deanery.

Antonia and I are very much looking forward to moving to Crediton, being with you all and becoming part of the local community. I am pleased too that there will be plenty of parking at the Rectory for my 1954 Little Grey Fergie tractor!

With prayers and blessings and best wishes

Matthew Tregenza

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.

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